- The Don't-Do-It-Yourself
Jack Boulware argues in the San Francisco Weekly that it's not
always the best idea to put your thoughts out there. He calls
for a new DDIY ethic.
- Guinea Pig Zero: Let the Dogs Bark
Robert Helms of Guinea Pig Zero wrote up "reports cards"
for some of the hospitals that offer payments to those who take
part in medical research. Then he got sued. Link to Salon.com.
Posted 14 July 1997.
- Opium, Made Easy
Jim Hogshire of Pills-a-Go-Go and his frightening encounter with
the poppy police. From Harper's Magazine. Here's the Bob Black version of events.
a Fanzine During Wartime
An excerpt from Mike Gunderloy's book, How to Publish a Fanzine.
"There are two basic rules to remember. The first is that
you can't trust anyone. The second is that you can't afford to
leave any evidence behind you."
- Smells Like Zine Spirit
Factsheet 5 Publisher Seth Friedman comes under attack from some
of his own. Links to SFWeekly.com. Posted 27 August 1997
- Underground Literary Alliance
A small group of writers is plotting to overthrow a common enemy:
the monolithic, ever-oppressive New York Literary Establishment.
- What Color is Your Alternative?
You can complain all you want about sellouts, but some of the
culture our country has to offer is bought and paid for by The
Man. Links to Salon.com. Posted 16 April 1997.
- Zeens and
William Safire of "On Language" says teenagers call
- Zine Books: Been There, Zine That
A rash of new zine-inspired books has tattooed 20-year-olds screaming
sell-out. Links to Salon.com. Posted 9 May 1997.
- Zine Books: The Big Sell-Out?
Have corporate devils plucked the zine world's soul? A roundtable
with five zine book authors. Links to NewCityChicago.com. Posted
19 June 1997.
- Zine Spleen:
Marc Spiegler's notes from the 1995 Chicago Underground Press
Conference. Links to New City, Chicago. Posted 24 Aug 1995.
In this 1999 article, John Marr of Murder Can Be Fun says, "As
fun as it may be to put out a publication for 50 like-minded
lunatics, sooner or later, it does get old."
- Zines Are Dead
Chris Yorke offers a similar obituary in Broken Pencil. A year
later, he revised
"Zines are crap, folks. Always have been, always will be.
Until people actually form a 'zine where they are actually writing
for themselves and not a retarded 'underground' audience, the
work they create will not have any relevance to real time life."
From Doomed to Obscurity.
grapple with the ad thing
How various zine editors, from bOING bOING to Second Guess, handle
advertisements. From Folio:, 1 February 1997.
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