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Zines

The ten-year anniversary issue of Basic Paper Airplane! Short essays about trying to make a living from writing words. Comic nightmares from the world of freelance writing, night school, weekly papers, and cities of books.

Paper airplane examples throughout. 32 pages, cut half-letter size.

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An exploration of the body, one part at a time, by Tomas Moniz. Written as poems, but reading more like vignettes or small essays about how complicated it is just to exist in your own frame. These pieces are sweet, emotionally heavy, sexy, and sometimes really funny. They are so honest that it leaves you wishing for that same openness in yourself, to be so unashamed of what we carry around and what we desire...[ continued ]

Both a memoir of losing parents and a guide to dealing with grief, Nicole Worthington's Buried: A Zine About Grief and Digging Out is tender, heartbreaking, and uplifting, all at once. From the intesity of getting all your childhood stuff back to how to treat your body well in times of grief to finding meaning in it all, Buried is an essential read.

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With the hyperbolic zeal and rancor of a true bookseller, Aaron Cometbus brings to life his chosen family: the booksellers of New York City. A Bestiary of Booksellers is for anyone who has sold books long enough to have it seep into their identity, but it’s also for all manner of book addicts, subculture scholars, obsessives, and night owls.

112 pages, half-letter size, perfect-bound...[ continued ]

Tomas Moniz is an expert at being hilarious, tragic, sexy, and profound in a single bound. Even in a single sentence. The poetry and poetic prose in Dirty has so many lines that should be read aloud. Lines that should start conversations. Lines that should make us want to write our own lines. This is a zine to be read over and over again. Highly recommended.

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The best zine I've read this year. Vignettes about slowly figuring out life alongside boys: First zine, first tattoo, first out-of-town show, first basement punk show, carrying a teething baby in Helsinki, hopping in a tour van, and what it feels like to be a joyous rusted relic on the dance floor.

The last quarter of the zine is a series of vignettes in tribute to a friend who passed away...[ continued ]

The first issue of Ilse Content in years is a perfect, small treasure. In a series of prose poems about journeys, small joys, daily heartbreaks, and finding home, Alexis Wolf looks at the ways we connect and the moments we create.

28 page, quarter-size.

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Mini story-essays about tigers, Henri Rousseau, Yelp as a personal blog, Jorge Luis Borges, freight elevator rides, landlords with enemies, and more.

32 pages, quarter-size.

Origin stories, séances, astronaut egos, and so many more short stories about (and relationships with) the moon.

Edited by Joseph Carlough at Displaced Snail Publications. With work by: Carolyn Busa, Charlene Kwon, Heather Butts, Hrishikesh Hirway, Jesse Reklaw, Joseph Carlough, Josh Berwanger, Katie Haegele, Kishi Bashi, Kristen Martin, Marguerite Dabaie, Michael Jasorka, Mike Adams, Mocha Ishibashi, Molly Rice, and Thaddeus Rutkowski...[ continued ]

Krissy Ponyboy chronicles her decades-long obsession with Beat Generation writers, and the obsession's gradual decline. Like all issues of Paper Crush, Dumping Kerouac is awesome, straightforward, and wise.

24 pages, quarter-size.

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