Volume I, Issue 19
October 13 - October 20, 1997
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The Zine Scene
Three recent zine anthologies examine the transformation of the street-level press. 
Sidebar: Let Us Now Praise Sluggo!
Sidebar: Let Us Now Praise Sluggo! 
Sidebar: Not in Kansas Anymore
Sidebar: Not in Kansas Anymore. 
Keeping the Faith
Ex-hostage Terry Waite on books, on solitude, and on life after captivity. 
A 21st-century philanderer, straight out of Updike country, is caught between desire and mortality. 
Denis Johnson's fifth novel, Already Dead: A California Gothic, establishes him as the high priest of literary losers-sorry self-haters who drift through life wishing to be anywhere but here. 
A Boston-area novelist enters the world of the geisha in a remarkable debut book. 
An examination of two highly literate ladies: Zelide and Marie Bashkirtseff. 
We read books so you don't have to. 
Blake de Pastino
Food For Thought
A visit with novelist John Nichols. 
Digging For Goldwater
The life and times of conservative icon Barry Goldwater. 
The Journey is the Destination by Dan Eldon; The Farewell Symphony by Edmund White; The Unimaginable Life by Kenny Loggins; On the Surface of Things by Felice Frankel. 
Blake de Pastino, Sue Schuurman, Nick Brown and Jessica English
In Person: Junot Diaz, Mark Wisniewski. 
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or a while now, producing or contributing to a zine has been
an essential rite of passage for the young and cool. Being able
to refer to "my zine" in the past tense is at least
as excellent as having a tattoo, and producing a zine that lasts
for more than three issues is easily equivalent to a bellybutton
and a septum piercing.
The problem with zines, though, is that they're ephemeral. You
spend hours writing, editing, designing, laying out, photocopying,
stapling, and distributing the things around town, only to find
them folded up under a coffeeshop table leg a week later. What's
that about? Zines get no respect.
Now, however, that's changing. Sure, your zine will likely end up
on the corner floor of an underground record shop, covered
with dusty footprints. But thanks to some innovative publishers
who are anthologizing the best of zines, it also stands the chance
of ending up in a book. And those things last for years.
This story tells all about it. This article, meanwhile, talks
about the cool subjects zines can address, like "What ever happened
to that Rainbow Head guy who was always in the audience of sporting
events?" And this story explains why a new book, titled Start Your Own Zine, is stupid. As if you need a book to tell you how to photocopy and staple!
Here's some fodder to satisfy you non-zine people: a review of
John Updike's latest book, Toward the End of Time. Hope
you like it. There's plenty more book reviews where that came
from. Just scroll down...and will you grab my zine off the floor
while you're down there?
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Letter From the Edge
Hunter S. Thompson's new book gets the once-over. [08-11-97]
Blake de Pastino
Radical Reconstruction by Lebbus Woods; Depth Takes a Holiday by Sandra Tsing Loh; Terminal Velocity by Blance McCrary Boyd; and "Exegesis" by Astro Teller. [09-02-97]
Blake de Pastino, Tracey L. Cooley, Julie Birnbaum, Jessica English
Poems Along the Path, Italy in Mind, Modernity and the Architecture of Mexico, and The Art of the Impossible. [07-08-97]
Jessica English, Julie Birnbaum, Blake de Pastino and Angie Drobnic