Last spring, I came across this great little magazine which celebrates the zine culture and independent arts. Although it has been around for 50 issues, I only subscribed this past fall. From what I've gathered, zinesters have been known to become authors. In fact, up-and-coming authors such as Mariko Tamaki, Zoe Whittall and Heather O'Neill all started out with zines. And if you thought that the advent of the blog did away with our paper friends, think again. According to the most recent issue of BP, zines have never been stronger. I love the creativity of zines and the unconventional fusion of ideas, something that the big publishing companies shy away from.
BP also reviews books. I was recently sent a review copy of Greedy Little Eyes by Billie Livingston from Vintage, and the book was so good, I wondered why I'd never heard of Livingston before. When I did some online research, I discovered that BP had already reviewed her work and had this to say about Livingston: "She's a damn solid writer who will make your head spin and your knees buckle." And how could you not like a magazine that has featured Zine Queen Sonja Ahlers, "the pioneering feminist, visionary artist and wondering soul," on its cover not once, but twice. Ahlers is my favourite collage artist.
My favourite reading titles today are She Must Be Having A Bad Day: The Cult of the Female Food Service Worker #2; Railroad Semantics #4, the adventures and photos from a real-life train jumpin' hobo; Revolutionary Women: A Book of Stencils; and The Revolution Will Not be Microwaved (obviously about slow food).
You will also find past issues of Broken Pencil at Microcosm. If you would like to read a review of a zine before buying one just click here.
This week I bought, A Strange Stirring, a book about the impact Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique on American society and culture in the 1960s. Now I have something to tide me over until the next season of Mad Men.
Guerrilla Girls, Humour and Hope
Publishing: What If...?
Publishing: What's "Good" and "Important" (Stats on the # of books authored by women that are reviewed)
CBC: The Elephant in the Room (Terry Fallis's book beats Carol Shields in CanadaReads)
Reads from Men