The feminist bookstore of Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen’s imaginations was a wet blanket fixture of Thunder Ant, their comedy troupe, long before Portlandia existed. For NYmag.com’s Vulture blog, comedienne Julie Klausner has brought the duo to a real feminist bookstore that’s actually one of the raddest places in New York City.
Located down on Allen Street off of Houston Street, Bluestockings is a bookstore and cafe supported by volunteers; it’s also ground zero for many a feminist, anti-racist, pro-democracy events.
Klausner and her Portlandia pals scanned the shelves, scoping out books they dig in real life, including Rookie Yearbook One, edited by Tavi Gevinson, for Brownstein, and It Chooses You, by Miranda July, by Armisen. They all manage not to offend anyone … but Fred Armisen did hold the bookstore’s front door open for the ladies … which might have been a major feminist bookstore no no.
Watch the shopping trip to Bluestockings below:
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