Saturday, May 28, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Thomas created this zine to accompany his high-tech Qwerty Pop mixtape. And what an outstanding mixtape it is! Having recently fallen in love (again) with typewriting, Qwerty Pop comes into my life at the perfect moment. The zine includes insights and information into the great tunes in the mix which can be listened to online at www.mixcloud.com/ttfb. Leroy Anderson’s familiar “The Typewriter” segues into a full blown Bollywood production number with Asha Bhosle, then on to new wave, techno, rockability, indie pop, and more. Exploring the interconnection between being a DJ, musical discovery & painting words on paper is a passion of mine. Unique zines like Qwerty Pop ignite that passion even further. Qwerty Pop should be a top priority on everyone's listening & reading list.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
A few pages into Martha Grover’s Somnabulist Zine #16, I realized this was an issue about “place” … just not a very well defined place at first. However as the zine progresses, culminating in an essay called “The Road”, I could almost inhale the scent of Douglas Firs drifting on the breeze on
Sunday, May 15, 2011
The Gadfly Volume 1.2 Spring 2011 is a publication created by students from
In this ultra conservative culture, people are called “radical” just for talking about creating an adequate health care system, ending homelessness, supporting liberty and personal rights or even suggesting that corporations should be held responsible for their actions and the damages they create to the environment and society. In reality, the “radicals” are people who think all social, economic and cultural difficulties can be remedied through “private ownership” of all resources, natural and capital. We are a long way from justice for all in this culture - it used to be a value, now its just some words we mouth at the end of an empty pledge. Ask any person who lives on the streets, or who lives in poverty, or lives with a disability and can not get even basic needs met how much liberty there is in Amerika.
One minor shortcoming of the writing in this journal is it is written from a highly intellectual perspective (what would one expect from academia?) However, when these thoughts translate into heart and action, this is how the world changes.
Print copies of The Gadfly are limited buy you can download them (and read new blog postings) from www.middleburygadfly.blogspot.com
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
Lost In Laconia is a documentary film by Gordon Dubios about the 90 year history of
One truly horrifying thought: the preamble to the film quotes George Santayana “those who can not remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. In
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Jesus Christ Superzine #2 takes up where issue #1 left off & explores more of Ariel’s very personal journey away from her childhood religion of Christianity. Arial writes that even as a young teenager she chose Christianity. I take issue with this concept because when children are born into a belief system, whether it is Islam, Hindu, Buddhism, or any belief system, you can not choose what religion you are indoctrinated into any more than you can choose the educational system of your school or the type of clothes your parents buy for you – it is simply all you know therefore you accept it is normal. The same is true if you have alcoholic or abusive parents – this is simply “normal” until your mind and exposure to life experience develops to a point where you see other possibilities and start questioning your own experience. Arial’s story is however one of actively seeking to experience life and find her own path, and it is story I can thoroughly relate to. It’s confession time: in my own childhood, I was leading bible studies in small groups, immersed in weekly prayer groups, speaking in tongues, and going on religious retreats well before the age of twelve. It was expected of me that I would be a good Christian and probably become a pastor. Then the façade came crashing in quickly during adolescence. As I grew more aware of sexuality, and the dichotomy of feeling one way and being told those feelings are wrong, sinful, even evil, I thought I had become an evil person which lead to weirder thoughts of demon possession, darkness, and worse. I could write a whole book about my wrestling with the angels of Christianity until I emerged as a born again pagan in adulthood. You’re unlikely to find more authentic, soul searching writing in zines than Jesus Christ Superzine. Write to Ariel Birks c/o
Monday, May 2, 2011
Once upon a time there were serialized children’s books that captivated young readers in the way that radio serials captivated their parents. The Mystery & Adventure Series Review is published irregularly by Fred Woodworth and promotes “still enthusiastic discussions of obsolete books fading in the twilight of a dying civilization.” The Mystery & Adventure Series Review includes histories of the books, notes on typography, and dozens of letters from zine readers. All of it is produced, like Fred Woodworth’s The Match on vintage printing equipment without computers. And, it’s free for the asking!
Write to Fred at