Tuesday, September 13, 2005

maxi-zine mini review: 28 Pages Lovingly Bound With Twine

Thank the god/dess I decided when I started this blog only to review music, etc. that I enjoy. Life is too precious, etc to waste on negativity. On that note I introduce you all to a complete delight - Christoph Meyer's 28 Pages Lovingly Bound With Twine. Yes it is bound with twine! If there is a more likeable zine publisher / writer, I can't wait to meet them, because Christoph is so personable in his writing I often feel like he is writing to me, personally. Actually Christoph has written to me, real letters! Christoph does not have email and intends to never go the way of electronic correspondence.

From issue #6 "My writing is idiosyncratic and not aimed at a mass audience. 28PLBwT is merely an outlet for me to publish what I feel moved to write. I just write what I like, send it out into the world where maybe someone will find something in it they like." This zine is a handmade labor of love, a work of art, and a joy to discover. Send $4 cash for the latest issue (#13) to Christoph Meyer PO Box 106 Danville OH 43014. Now!

Zine mini-review: Galatea's Pants

Lauren Eggert-Crowe produces the well written zine Galatea's Pants ... issues of which come in various sizes and page counts and include everything from essays regarding the serious state of our consumerist culture to anti-war concerns, numerous illustrations, poetry, personal stories, articles on 'beauty', media, zine reviews and much more. For this aging hippie it's refreshing to know that the indie revolution is in good hands. Check out the Galatea's Pants website and order a few issues!

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Mini zine mini review : Ker-bloom

Ker-bloom! is published every two months by artnoose, a non-capitalist, progressive thinking craftsperson from San Francisco. Ker-bloom is very small (about 4 X 5 inches) and 12 pages each issue and made with loving care. Each issue contains a personal essay written by artnoose that relates an event or situation (from epic to banal and everything in between) and how it relates to the bigger picture in our culture. Ker-bloom is letterpress printed in an edition of 250 per issue.

I can't say enough about this zine which is so uniquely a labor of love. Although artnoose's writing sometimes lacks in emotional depth, she makes up for it in passion and spirit. Recent copies are available from www.parcellpress.com