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15 MinutesBenjamin Serrato,
15 Minutes

Age: 34

Selections: "The Color of Lounge," by Marcy Shapiro (page 74), and "Eleven Ways to Annoy the Person Next to You on the Bus," by Kyria Crowley (page 154)

Recent review (from Netsurfer Digest): "15 Minutes' Web site is like browsing in a bookshop with an atmosphere of great fun. It's yummy."

Sample copy: $1 cash from P.O. Box 49497, Austin, TX 78765

When did you launch your zine? What inspired you to do so?
December 1994. I really enjoy reading cereal boxes during breakfast. So I set out to make a zine that was the literary equivalent.

Why publish a zine?
There's just something intrinsically wonderful about killing trees in order to spread information (I get little to no satisfaction about publishing our web version).

Have you published any other zines?
A friend and I published a one issue of a zine called La Luna (our plan was to publish according to the lunar calendar). He was in a save-the-world phase and I was out to make fun of it. The result was a zine with a serious case of split personality. The first issue had an interview with the head of a hunger relief organization (his story) and a piece on having diarrhea on a first date (mine).

Any general tips for aspiring zinesters?
Set your goals low and stumble over them!

What's your favorite part of doing a zine?
Spell checking.

Fill in the blank: In my other life, I'm an ...
Accordion player (really).

Benjamin Serrato
Marcy Shapiro
Eleven Ways to Annoy the Person
Next to You on the Bus

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