Elissa Washuta is white and Native, bipolar, and lost her virginity to rape. Her first book, My Body is a Book of Rules, is a modern coming-of-age memoir that reaches into these tangles of the body and mind through American pop culture. “I didn’t want to create just a rape memoir, or a bipolar memoir, just a memoir of one small segment of my life,” she says. “Everything I have experienced has been so intertwined.”
As summer is quickly coming to a close, take some time to bask in the sun and soak in a good book. Here are some short, sweet, stellar reads for the rest of August, all works are recent releases from independent publishers.
I wasn’t too familiar with Warpaint until I saw their set at this year’s Pickathon Festival in Happy Valley, Oregon. While I was living in Minneapolis, I remember their lead single “Undertow” was popular on Minnesota Public Radio. The DJs used cheesy words like “psychedelic” and “groovy’ to describe their sound but that didn’t keep me from turning up the volume without shame.
Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls just completed our 14th year of summer camps! Inspiring high action packed amazingness! However, there have also been some *sun's out bummed out* moments for me & comrades near & dear. Street Harassment in particular has been on my mind. Here's a selection of solid jams that helped me out this summer: songs of trying + going on, on, on + validating rage, as well as choice faves from my RnRC4G Gender & Music workshop. Smashing Patriarchy is Self Care! We're Worth It!
• The man who shot Detroit resident Renisha McBride after she knocked on his door to ask for help after surviving a car crash has been convicted of her murder—but the AP tweets on the verdict were victim-blaming. [Feministing]