Thursday, April 25, 2013

Pioneers Press

A sermon from Reverend Ye Olde Zinester:

If you love independent publications, if you prefer reading "offline", if the fragrance of ink and paper bring you joy, if zines mean anything to you at all ... then it is time to put your money where your mouth is. There are some folks at PioneersPress who are doing amazing work in the field (and on the farm!) of indie publishing and zine distribution. They are one of the two online distros that bring my heart joy when I see new titles on offer. Joni Mitchell said "you don't know what you've got 'till it's gone" ... now is the time to support paper publishing efforts before we all end up behind the constant iridescent glow of a computer screen for generations to come.

This is a new book by Oliver Matthon chronicling the wild mushroom trade. I've only read a couple of dozen pages and will write a fuller review in the future ... however "Under the Radar" is the sort of personal journalism that opens into a new world where you can learn about people, cultures, and practices that you may not be familiar with. We need to step outside of our insular cocoons & spend some time in the literary (and literal) woods. Zine distros are our doorways.


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