What an embarrassment of riches for any nostalgic woman: a zine by accomplished writer-editors whove collected essays and paintings by 20- and 30-something women in tribute to specific girl crushes, or teen fixations. The girls we wanted to be and the women we hoped to become: they haunt us still, be they classmates or celebrities.
Theyre all here: Joan Didion. The impossibly cool redhead who strode across campus and who, it turns out, idolized you. Lili Taylor, ubiquitous in the late 90s and unmatched in self-assurance (Lessons Learned from Lili Taylor, Andi Teran). The significance of these role models to the writers lives, and the troubling inevitability of living idols changes and transformations (c.f. Me, Myself & Gwyneth, Kayla Cagan).This is an excellent gift for introspective ladies on the cusp of 30, and for fans of contemporary writers like Jennifer Egan who want to see them reveal the idiosyncrasies of their adolescent idolatry.