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Future Generation: The Zine-Book for Subculture Parents, Kids, Friends and Others Paperback – April 15, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Atomic Book Company (April 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978656911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978656911
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,989,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Original Punk Parent Zine." Ariel Gore

The Future Generation is one of the most committed, radical and inspiring zines ever produced, anywhere.” Jeff Bagato

“What I've always loved about her zine is that it goes beyond just parenting. She really makes an effort to fit parenting into the greater context of the world.” Sean Stewart

About the Author

A pioneer of the genre, especially when it comes to mamazines, China Martens started The Future Generation in 1990. She was a young anarchist punk rock mother who didn't feel that the mamas in her community had enough support, so she began delivering articles on radical parenting to her compañeras in an age before the Internet made such a thing easy.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Marin on December 5, 2007
In this zine-book, China Martens, pioneer of the mama-zine genre, collects "the best" of her zine, The Future Generation, from its first issue in 1990 (when her daughter had just turned two years old) to the present - representing 16 years spanning China's parenting life. The chosen selections in this anthology focus on China's personal writings, not the contributions, and do an exemplary job of capturing not only China's changing interests over the years, but also her journey as a woman, mother, writer and activist.
Becoming a mother just shy of her 22nd birthday in 1988 when "most punks weren't parents and most parents weren't punks," China started The Future Generation as a way to find and connect with other subcultural parents. In the subculture where she'd lived actively for years, China felt disconnected and easily recognized a void in her peer's consciousness in terms of child-related issues. She didn't know then that her cutting edge drive to put those new mama feelings and observations into zine form would years later inspire an entire new generation of subcultural parents and mama zinesters, even if her "squat daycare revolution" wasn't ever realized.
A full decade after the first issue of The Future Generation came out in April 1990, I was a new mama myself when I discovered China's The Future Generation writings in her regular Slug & Lettuce column. Because her writing is warm, accessible, and the kind of raw that's full of emotion and honesty, I felt an immediate need to get in touch with her to thank her for helping me feel less alone in my new mama life.
When the next issue of The Future Generation zine came out (issue #11), I ordered one right away. When it came in the mail, I knew I was going to love it from the cover alone.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 25, 2007
China is an incredible writer: unpretentious, witty, smart & incisive. I wish I had read her zine when I was starting to parent 9 years ago, but I'm glad I can read it now. Unlike authors of so called "alternative" or "punk" (ex: Alternadad or Mamarama) parenting books, China has walked the walk.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Claire Lussier on November 20, 2008
China is incredible. I dont have children but her ideas of community are timelessly needed. This gave me a new appreciation for the parents around me and helped me be a better helper to friends, family and people I encounter with children in the world. Really helped open my eyes to the complexity of the struggles our society is inflicting on its self in regards to parenting as a community. I would suggest this book to anyone with children or not, just awesome.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alyssa on October 21, 2008
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Very raw and thoughtful. I very much enjoyed this unique look at child rearing. Very inspirational at times. If only there were more books written in this vein.
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