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Jess Martin 
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Re: “Playtime: 242 Main — Farewell to the Boys' Club

Peg Tassey - this is awesome! It's awesome in that it's a capsule in time, a version of the club/era I never went to, and the steady throb-metal is so clearly a predecessor to what I was listening to not four years later as a young teenager. So rad. So cool that you have this on Soundcloud.

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Posted by Jess Martin on 12/02/2016 at 10:33 PM

Re: “Playtime: 242 Main — Farewell to the Boys' Club

I attribute my entire womanhood to 242. Okay, maybe that's an oversell, but this story makes me feel really sad for the women who experienced the club after my time there. I was a regular from probably 1996 to 1999/2000, and did not feel at all the way Amelia Devoid said she and some of her friends did. I felt like it was MINE. All mine. Just by merit of choosing to, I got to serve on the weirdly consensus-run board, and learn all about nonviolent communication and active consensus-based decision-making, all of which favors all voices over the loudest shouters being heard and incorporated. I met the first shaved-headed girls in my life there, and spent hours hanging out in mixed crews, not exactly divided by gender, but not-not, either. I don't recall an us-them sense there, and it's nothing close to how brutal the rest of the word is in real-life. At 242 I got to be doorman, and ran the kitchen, frying vegan fries, and later, used the space to run community groups or alt-film screenings as a college student. It always felt like mine, and I think because of the sense of equality - yup, mosh wounds - I felt more like a human than I did like a girl. Which is the problem, if you're at a homogenous school district growing up where sportsy and preppy is the only way to be, or you're miserable. I loved how it was when I was there, dragged any female friends I had out there, and I hope as many other girls/women got that sense too. PS. Thank you for the Avail poster! I gotta queue that up...

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Posted by Jess Martin on 12/02/2016 at 2:43 PM

Re: “Bernie Bits: Media Declares Open Season on Sanders' Love Life

And by that comment I mean, we regretfully were sitting on the info for simply weeks, until we heard locally that Politico was calling our people too.

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Posted by Jess Martin on 07/10/2015 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Bernie Bits: Media Declares Open Season on Sanders' Love Life

Thanks for the love in that link. We did have weeks of work on this too - but I am not a FT reporter now. Though the last 3 days it feels like it. We are and will continue to cover this beat, and hopefully not be so timid when we know something that really could blow up. What Kruse writes about Vermont isn't off the mark - we do have a way of doing things, and single-hit smears really don't fit that style. For any of us, as you know.

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Posted by Jess Martin on 07/10/2015 at 11:31 AM

Re: “Alice Eats: Burt's Irish Pub

This is so awesome - thank you for having such an amazing spidey-sense!

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Posted by Jess Martin on 09/05/2014 at 7:53 AM

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