GOLNAR: In many examples from even the earliest wave of punk studies, the author presents himself — and it is almost exclusively men who have written these books — as a scene insider through embellished anecdotes of his teen exploits and an author photo of himself in the pit. Like, hey look, I was there!! And I got sweaty! Now give me a book deal and/or tenure track job!
MIMI: Because the photograph of being in the pit is evidence of real participation in dudely rituals. It’s the punk equivalent of the anthropologist doing something risky, and therefor manly, like eating a poisonous frog or getting tattooed with a sharp rock or whatever, while studying ‘the natives’.
GOLNAR: It is also the academic equivalent of telling stories about how tough and cool you were as a young person! There is a real nostalgia for youth and youth cultures in these texts that nonetheless excises the quotidian violences and vulnerabilities that young people — particularly kids of color, girls, queers, etc. — have to live with today, both inside and outside of the punk scene.
"On punk studies; or, how we find ourselves as punks, and as scholars, wondering at the academic study of punk and what it has to do with the scene we know", from GUILLOTINE series #4: Punk by Mimi Thi Nguyen and Golnar Nikpour (ed. Sarah McCarry)