Ben Is Dead
Selection: "Fruitleather Underwear,"
by Cliff Thurber (page 49)
Recent review (from Underbelly):
"Ben Is Dead has an off-kilter viewpoint and a staff that's
not afraid to put it's obsessions on the page. Also, it embodies
that great zine ideal of examining a subjectany subjectuntil
it's completely, utterly exhausted."
When did you launch your zine? What inspired you to do so?
October 31, 1988.
Why publish a zine?
In general? Cause
I hate trees! No, it's the private personal outlet that extends
ones insides to the social world order which otherwise she can
not relate. It also serves as a house cleaning, and point to
can you tell us about the selection you provided for "The
Book of Zines"?
It doesn't represent
us in any way. One issue doesn't really represent us. It's eight
years of growing and suffering and even the 30 issues of Ben
Is Dead fall short to expressing what Ben Is Dead has encompassed.
each had a time and a place, and though they hold up well, it's
really gone totally retro.
Have you ever published any other zines?
The I Hate Brenda
Any general tips
for aspiring zinesters?
Suffering is good.
What's your favorite part of doing a zine?
Getting it done
(after I cry about the mistakes of course). Actually I used to
cry. I don't anymore. Now I laughhysterically.
In my other life, I'm a:Retro
Hell (the book)
A Canasta pro touring
Florida on a big tricycle. WHAT?
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