Dear Sassy Magazine,
It’s us, the girls who read you religiously way back in the ’90s. We’re all grown up now, but we still totally miss you.
You were the only one who really understood us. Seventeen and YM treated us like fluffy bunnies, but you dished about AIDS and freedom of speech. You gave us Kurt and Courtney, Chloë Sevigny, Spike Jonze, and thirteen reasons not to diet. Before Bust and Bitch made feminism cool, you were there with your sparkly barrettes, your combat boots, and your brain.
What we really want is more issues, but we’ll settle for How Sassy Changed My Life: a Love Letter to the Greatest Teen Magazine of All Time. The book, by Kara Jesella and Marisa Meltzer, gives the inside scoop on the history of the mag and the people who made it happen. It’s also a smart, funny analysis of an attempt to subvert the status quo.
Which is the sort of thing that should never be glossed over.
Available online at amazon.com or at your local bookstore.