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Zines

Mantras, old friends, name-calling, an imagined game. These are some of the odd pleasures of reading the latest batch of stories from Jonas (Fixer Eraser).

24 pages, half-letter size.

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The latest in Jonas Cannon's continued series of odd and hopeful stories about connection and disconnection. An offshoot of his Fixer Eraser zines, this issue of We, the Drowned contains unicorns, Foghat, and idea men. Told through letters, prose poems, and bar conversations.

The highlight: a conversation between Jonas, Cindy Crabb (Doris), and Alex Wrekk (Brainscan) about regret (or the lack thereof) and the many possible paths that could have been...[ continued ]

In What Are You Raising Them For?, Tim Devin looks at the counterculture shifts of the '60s and '70s and sees how it changed the way people parented their kids. Using '70s hippie literature and the experiences of adults raised in nontraditional settings as source material, Tim Devin examines where counterculture parenting ideas were coming from, how well they were working, and what we can take away from it all today...[ continued ]

​Last copy! What Happens When You Contain The Flame? is a longform interview with poet/novelist/queer icon Eileen Myles. Discussed within: how to use fame, the positive side of social media, performance and poetry, crossing between worlds and scenes, the legendary Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church, and much more. Myles is, as always, generous, open, and surprising. The zine ends with a lyric essay from poet Hannah Levene...[ continued ]

Seven long-time zinesters talk about what matters (and wasn't doesn't matter) to them. Along the way there are long lost twins, disposable cameras, radio comics, and all the things still left to write. Jonas, Julia Eff, Adam Gnade, Rust Belt Jessie, Jim Joyce, Alex Nall, and Liz Mason.

40 pages, half-letter size.

When Death Knocks is a personal zine written by Death himself. Or, more specifically, written by a lowly "Transition Officer" working for the agency of Death. A morbid and tender piece of writing from the postmortem zine scene. I can say with some certainty that there's nothing else quite like this.

24 pages, quarter-size, cut-and-paste.

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A completely stunning zine celebrating the women of '50s, '60s, and '70s folk music. A nice mix of well-known, recently rediscovered, and lesser-known artists. Biographies and gorgeous pen-and-ink drawings for each artist.

Included within: Vashti Bunyan, Connie Converse, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Carolyn Hester, Judee Sill, Judy Collins, Melanie Safka, Margo Guryan, Mary Travers, Karen Dalton, Mimi Farina, Nico, Sibylle Baier, Odetta, and Buffy Sainte-Marie...[ continued ]

​Last copy! Five short stories about leaving and five short stories about returning from Hope Amico (Keep Loving, Keep Fighting). New Orleans after the hurricane, New Hampshire, Boston, Milan.

A reversible eight-page mini zine made from one sheet of thick cardstock paper.

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Reflections on life in late '80s/early '90s small town New Hampshire, set against major news events of the time period. From the Challenger explosion to the L.A. Riots to hometown police brutality, Hope covers a lot of ground and does it well.

She reflects on her teenage perception of these events and the discussions she wishes teachers and family would have had around them, but also leaves space to think about what draws people to her home state and tell the story of a spiritual path that started with a minimum wage job bussing tables...[ continued ]

In this, the fifth issue of Hope Amico's long-running Where You From zine series, she examines the idea of moving back home to a place you are not from. A year-long commute between Baton Rogue and New Orleans serves as the jumping point into stories, observation, and endless conversations about home and place. As always, a zine very worth picking up.

Includes an 11" x 17" New Orleans hand-drawn map with photos...[ continued ]