Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl

Fans of Sleater-Kinney will love this book. Carrie Brownstein details the pre-band days, growing up in Redmond Washington before it became synonymous with Microsoft, her early hijinx, headed to college but dreaming of Olympia where the SCENE was, dropping out and working a sandwich cart at an office park while she bided her time to transfer to Evergreen College in Oly. Excruciatingly detailed list of all the bands she loved and saw and wished she was, and then the emergence of Sleater-Kinney, its decade of rock, its demise and then after another ten years, its rising from the ashes for another tour. I suppose I mostly enjoyed this as a look inside someone else’s life that existed on roughly the same planes as mine did, although I was more clueless about everything (music, art, life) than Brownstein. It is heartening to read about the strained and distant relationship she has with her mother, but not letting that stop her own pursuit of happiness/dreams/goals. Her dad comes out as gay a few years after he reads about her relationship with her bandmate, echoes of Alison Bechdel’s family but minus the death. A thousand times better than Kim Gordon’s terrible book, on par with Patti Smith’s writing efforts.