a place for zinesters - writers and readers
I dunno if I agree with what you're saying about zinesters being the greatest writers going, because I publish a zine and I fucking suck.
This is a strange group of zinesters. Very ultra conservative.
Tom Hendricks has even greater difficulty processing and analyzing these responses than Karl Wenclas does!
Anarchism does not function with representation democracy, Tom. It's a product of direct democracy. If our "advocates" are not saying what people think they should be saying, they are no longer "our" advocates.
I can't imagine that everyone here would fully embrace anarchist thought, but I certainly think the sentiment strikes a chord as far as why you are so poorly received.
You're not into capitalism, but you're obsessed with "success"....and sayings like "business isn't for the timid".
Why don't you admit you're just as much a capitalist as the rest of us? Stop lying to yourself and to the rest of us, Wenclas.
You're a cold-blooded, rotten, scumbag capitalist. I hate you. I hate your guts.
(Now, whatever I said to Mr. Biel, it certainly wasn't to call him a "scumbag" etc, or tell him I hate his guts. It's good Mr. Biel has never dealt with Mr. Pierce, or he'd be shocked into a hospital visit!)
Curious about Mr. Biel, ya know. here he was harboring, unknown to myself, all this pent-up hostility to myself and what I was doing-- yet didn't hesitate to put blurbs from myself and another ULAer on Hermitt's book lauding her talent. Kind of a contradiction there, methinks.
In truth, hermitt is very talented-- inconsistent, but at times a tremendous writer. He and Microcosm deserve any and all attention possible.
I wish Biel well-- but if I were as sensitive as he is, the ULA wouldn't have lasted a week. Every step we took was accompanied by flurries of hatred from mainstream writers. It's the price of making change. We dared to expose corruption and this outraged people.
It comes down to a question of belief. The initial spark for me was the realization that zinedom included some very talented writers. I wanted to announce them to the world. It deserved to be announced to the world.
I'd wager there are some excellent writers in the scene even now. Where are they? Why has no one heard of them? Do they deserve to have their light hidden under a rock??
To say that we in the ULA sought to promote ourselves is a half-truth. We were promoting a name-- yes, a brand-- which served as a symbol for good zine writers. Our promotion of that brand was quite successful. Journalists are pack animals to the extent that after a point, publicity feeds on itself. We had big write-ups in lefty newspapers like Glasgow Herald and the Guardian; in hip cultural mags like ShoutNY and Cali's Soma; in "alternative" weeklies from Boston to Athens GA to Detroit to Seattle; and in college newspapers from Rhode Island to New Jersey. My last official act for the ULA was an interview with Philly's major NPR station. (I'd been on a college station a few months prior.)
It's absurd to say this isn't the kind of attention the movement needs. Absurd!
If you believe that your zine work has no lasting value, then step away. I'm not speaking to you or about you. Go hide under a blanket. If you wish to be left alone, like Mr. Biel, then fine. I'm not speaking to you either. But IF you believe, as Tom Hendricks believes, that your work has value, even lasting value, and that DIY art IS a legitimate part of our culture's history, then why dismiss someone who's made great noise about that history?
Our only crime has been believing too strongly, too intensely, too passionately, too madly, in the zine movement.
I don't understand the correlation between zinesters and a single generation. I've met zinesters in their sixties, in their teens, and I'm in my thirties. That's three generations of zinesters, right? Please explain.
I also disagree with, "No other generation has had it's best contemporary writers block so completely and so unfairly." There's still places where people get killed for voicing, writing, and printing dissent. As far as I know, I've got it pretty good here in the first world.
TOTALLY 100% AGREE with, "The consolidation of the media has ruined mainstream publishing and the media that reviews it." And my black heart is warmed by my favorite MUSEAism, "The mainstream media cannot be questioned." I say that all the time. :)