Happy New Year!
We’re so grateful for our team of dedicated and imaginative volunteers, and for all the new card holders and friends we’ve made in 2018. In 2019 we’re looking forward to growing and evolving even more. F.L.O.W. is a free mobile lending library of donated books, founded in July 2014. Our mission is to celebrate and promote feminist works, and move them among communities to center marginalized voices and experiences. F.L.O.W. joyfully empowers people to find tools for liberation, making feminism accessible to all. Hopefully this year we’ll even have real wheels again--stay tuned!
Rad Reads for January
If you’re a filmmaker or cinephile coming to the Rough Cuts film critique night, you might want to check out some of the classics in our film section. How Do I Look? Queer Film and Video, is a 1991 volume edited by the Bad Object-Choices collective, published after a conference in New York in 1989, and covers a range of political and aesthetic themes, both resolutely concrete and densely theoretical. Or there’s Constance Penley’s 1989 The Future of An Illusion: Film, Feminism, and Psychoanalysis, a deep dive into the sexual politics of representation as they appeared to feminist scholars thirty years ago. You might also try the more accessible and genre-bending Chick Flicks: Theories and Memories of the Feminist Film Movement, by B. Ruby Rich. The back cover reads: “If there was a moment during the sixties, seventies, or eighties that changed the history of the women's film movement, B. Ruby Rich was there. Part journalistic chronicle, part memoir, and 100 percent pure cultural historical odyssey, Chick Flicks – with its definitive, the way-it-was collective essays – captures the birth and growth of feminist film as no other book has done.”
You could have the environment on your mind just now, whether you’re planning to attend this month’s zero waste workshop or whether you’re a just human who values breathing and clean water and whatnot. We’ve got some great volumes for you, like Heather Rogers’ Green Gone Wrong: Dispatches from the front lines of eco-capitalism, “an excellent anatomy of greenwashing in both corporate culture and personal life,” according to The Guardian. If you’ve been thinking about riding your bike more often, check out Shelley Jackson’s zine A Rough Guide to Bicycle Maintenance, or Annie Dunkel’s We Ride Bicycles. Caz Nicklin’s The girls’ bicycle handbook might be a great choice for the young feminist pedaler in your life. We’ve even got a few vegan cookbooks to choose from, if you’re thinking about cutting back on animal products on your plate, like Claire Askew’s Generation V: The Complete Guide to Going, Being, and Staying Vegan as a Teenager, or Tanya Barnard and Sarah Kramer’s How It All Vegan!: Irresistible Recipes for an Animal-Free Diet.
In our politics section you’ll find a newer volume, Sylvie Tissot’s 2015 Good Neighbors: Gentrifying Diversity in Boston’s South End, which might make good reading before attending the Gentrification is Eco-Psychological Warfare workshop at the end of the month. Kota Kimura wrote in Briar Patch Magazine, summarizing Tissot’s argument, “Gentrification is at once a cultural and political process. A working-class neighbourhood turned playground for the privileged reveals a deeper structural process. Gentrification is an outcome of struggle between organized class forces. To oppose it, grassroots organizers must rally not around abstract concepts like ‘diversity,’ but around genuine solidarity and people’s power.” We’ve also got not one but two biographies of journalist, urban studies author, and activist Jane Jacobs (curiously both are by cis men): Peter L. Laurence’s Becoming Jane Jacobs and Robert Kanigel’s Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs.
Here are some titles by several of the amazing authors in our collection born in January: Michele Wallace (1/4/1952), Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman; Zora Neale Hurston (1/7/1891), I love myself when I am laughing, and then again when I am looking mean and impressive; Gloria Naylor (1/25/1950), Mama Day; and Angela Y. Davis (1/26/1944), The Meaning of Freedom.
Our next monthly volunteer meeting will be Thursday, January 10th from 7-9pm at the WCCW. Join us first for potluck and then for discussion of the latest opportunities to help F.L.O.W. grow; all are welcome.
We’ll be at the Los Angeles Central Library Mobile Museum Fair on Sunday, January 13th from 1pm-5pm in downtown, with the International Printing Museum, Bob Baker Marionette Theater, Libros Schmibros, the American Museum of Straw Art, and more!
Look for us again at the Women’s March, on Saturday, January 19th. We’ll have books to check out and free card sign-ups, snacks and water, and you’re welcome to just step out of the crowd and recharge for a little while if you need it. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more details.
If you’re hosting an event or programming in a space you think would be a good fit for F.L.O.W., please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org