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Volume I, Issue 19
October 13 - October 20, 1997

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The Zine Scene
Three recent zine anthologies examine the transformation of the street-level press. [2]
Stuart Wade

Sidebar: Let Us Now Praise Sluggo!
Sidebar: Let Us Now Praise Sluggo! [3]
Margaret Moser

Sidebar: Not in Kansas Anymore
Sidebar: Not in Kansas Anymore. [4]
Stuart Wade

Keeping the Faith
Ex-hostage Terry Waite on books, on solitude, and on life after captivity. [5]
Leonard Gill

John Updike
A 21st-century philanderer, straight out of Updike country, is caught between desire and mortality. [6]
Scott Stossel

California Schemin'
Denis Johnson's fifth novel, Already Dead: A California Gothic, establishes him as the high priest of literary losers-sorry self-haters who drift through life wishing to be anywhere but here. [7]
Stacey Richter

Arthur Golden
A Boston-area novelist enters the world of the geisha in a remarkable debut book. [8]
Kate Tuttle

Designing women
An examination of two highly literate ladies: Zelide and Marie Bashkirtseff. [9]
Erica Meltzer

Expected Pleasures
We read books so you don't have to. [10]
Blake de Pastino

Food For Thought
A visit with novelist John Nichols. [11]
Demetria Martinez

Digging For Goldwater
The life and times of conservative icon Barry Goldwater. [12]
Gregory McNamee

Speed Reader
The Journey is the Destination by Dan Eldon; The Farewell Symphony by Edmund White; The Unimaginable Life by Kenny Loggins; On the Surface of Things by Felice Frankel. [13]
Blake de Pastino, Sue Schuurman, Nick Brown and Jessica English

In Person
In Person: Junot Diaz, Mark Wisniewski. [14]
Claiborne K.H. Smith

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or a while now, producing or contributing to a zine has been an essential rite of passage for the young and cool. Being able to refer to "my zine" in the past tense is at least as excellent as having a tattoo, and producing a zine that lasts for more than three issues is easily equivalent to a bellybutton and a septum piercing.

The problem with zines, though, is that they're ephemeral. You spend hours writing, editing, designing, laying out, photocopying, stapling, and distributing the things around town, only to find them folded up under a coffeeshop table leg a week later. What's that about? Zines get no respect.

Now, however, that's changing. Sure, your zine will likely end up on the corner floor of an underground record shop, covered with dusty footprints. But thanks to some innovative publishers who are anthologizing the best of zines, it also stands the chance of ending up in a book. And those things last for years.

This story tells all about it. This article, meanwhile, talks about the cool subjects zines can address, like "What ever happened to that Rainbow Head guy who was always in the audience of sporting events?" And this story explains why a new book, titled Start Your Own Zine, is stupid. As if you need a book to tell you how to photocopy and staple!

Here's some fodder to satisfy you non-zine people: a review of John Updike's latest book, Toward the End of Time. Hope you like it. There's plenty more book reviews where that came from. Just scroll down...and will you grab my zine off the floor while you're down there?

Now What?
Love to read? Need some clever ideas? Our library of resources and staff picks are guaranteed to turn on plenty of mental light bulbs via your electrified eye sockets. [15]

Talk Back
Our online BBS is just like the Algonquin Round Table, only electronic, sober, and without all the famous people.

From The Vaults

Letter From the Edge
Hunter S. Thompson's new book gets the once-over. [08-11-97]
Blake de Pastino

Speed Reader
Radical Reconstruction by Lebbus Woods; Depth Takes a Holiday by Sandra Tsing Loh; Terminal Velocity by Blance McCrary Boyd; and "Exegesis" by Astro Teller. [09-02-97]
Blake de Pastino, Tracey L. Cooley, Julie Birnbaum, Jessica English

Speed Reader
Poems Along the Path, Italy in Mind, Modernity and the Architecture of Mexico, and The Art of the Impossible. [07-08-97]
Jessica English, Julie Birnbaum, Blake de Pastino and Angie Drobnic

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