This article looks at the journal Mother Earth, a journal printed by Emma Goldman. Arguing that readers and viewers, as aesthetic subjects, are not pre-given individuals who then pick up a journal, this article maintains that audience members are themselves events, that they emerge from within the available opportunities to look and to read. Anarchist journals allowed aesthetic subjects to emerge, perhaps to thrive, through the process of self-creation and the making of a collective sensibility of resistance and hope.

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