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Maybe, like me, you grew up isolated in a Midwestern town, before the internet was there to connect everyone, everywhere, to everything. Maybe you were a lonely, angsty young thing in the late 80s/early 90s who felt different and didn’t really like Top 40 radio. Maybe you wanted to DIY your own denim cut-offs and draw pictures on them with a Sharpie.


If all of this was true, you probably read Sassy magazine, like I did.* Wait, scratch that. You WORSHIPPED Sassy magazine. It was your church and your bible for all things Cool. You had never actually heard Sonic Youth, but now you knew about them and you could go to the local record store at the mall (you know the one, the one staffed by the white dudes with dreads, the one store that carried any music by Nirvana, before anyone outside of the Pacific Northwest even knew who they were) and have a listen.


And then Sassy went away and you grew up and found out that Jane Pratt started a magazine that was holy-crap-like-Sassy-but-for-grownups! And so you devoured Jane magazine until, of course, Jane Pratt was no longer editor and then it sucked so you canceled your subscription.


And then last year you happened upon this place, which is brought to you by the very same Jane Pratt, who was once singlehandedly responsible for saving you from wasting away in teenage mediocrity in your Midwestern town.


And it was like finding a long lost friend. And you pitched a story to them and they took it. And another story. And another. And before you knew it, you were a contributor and you felt understood in the best way, the way only a long-lost friend can understand you.

You can read some of my stories for xoJane here. Participation/commenting not only welcome, but encouraged. Stop by, won’t you?


*If I remember correctly, my subscription ran from 1988-1993

4 Responses to “HELLO, XO!”
  1. Renee Anne says:

    Funnily enough, I’ve never heard of Sassy Magazine (though I do remember having a subscription to Jane for awhile)…….but I got my “cool” settings from my friends that had “cool” family in exotic places like Chicago. Living outside of Madison, WI….that’s where the cool stuff came from.

    Or not. What did we know….

  2. lena says:

    girl, you know you were the one to introduce me to the awesome trent resznor, taught me to sing my hearts out to tory amos, and kick it up a notch later w/P.J. Harvey. i woulda never known what great artists they and others are if it weren’t for you. now i know it’s from a magazine?! đŸ˜‰ keep on writing – you know i’ll never stop being your fan.

    cheers to that midwestern town we ‘loved’ so much….

  3. Lisa says:

    Awesome! I will be checking out xojane and your articles! I remember reading Sassy along with my music magazines… đŸ˜€

  4. Carie says:

    Oh man, I loved Sassy. I remember one day my Bioethics teacher got a call from Jane asking about a project we were doing in response to Hurricane Andrew. I took the message and about 2 seconds later nearly peed my pants…”OMG THAT WAS JANE F’ING PRATT!!!!” I think most of the fellas in that class thought me to be absolutely mental, while all the girls were begging for a copy of the phone number.

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