Another Form of Crying: Girl Zines as Life Writing

  title={Another Form of Crying: Girl Zines as Life Writing},
  author={Jennifer Sinor},
  journal={Prose Studies},
  pages={240 - 264}
The cover of Valerie’s zine, Farm Sweater Revolution #5, displays a narrow picture of a hand, presumably a woman’s, given the bracelets and the curve of the forearm, either chaining or unchaining what appears to be an apartment door (see Figure 1). We, as readers, see little of the hand and even less of the figure. We are not being invited in. The hand is caught midair, halted in action, having just securely chained the door against an intruder or perhaps moving to unchain it, to let someone in… 

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