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James N. Dawson
  • 57, Male
  • Malden, WA
  • United States
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Postal Confusion Again
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Started this discussion. Last reply by James N. Dawson Aug 18.

Seeking Physical Address Distros
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Started this discussion. Last reply by James N. Dawson May 18.

World Postage Rate Chart Needed
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Elaine Jan 19, 2014.


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James N. Dawson replied to James N. Dawson's discussion Do You Have a Physical Address Inside Your Zine?
"Thanks for your respect.  I wasn't belittling anybody's discomfort with publishing their street address and choosing not to do it.  I've had a little hesitancy about it myself, but I do plan to print mine.  You're…"
Oct 11
Kari Tervo replied to James N. Dawson's discussion Do You Have a Physical Address Inside Your Zine?
""I've never heard of the ever-feared scenario of the psycho zine reader from hell showing up on a zinester's doorstep.  Yes, it could happen.  Maybe it has." There was an instance of a zinester being assaulted by a…"
Oct 10
James N. Dawson replied to James N. Dawson's discussion Do You Have a Physical Address Inside Your Zine?
"I just flipped through a phone book, the kind that have been distributed free to every doorstep for ages.  The residential section has hundreds of thousands of names, all with their home address in them. I bought a bunch of old comics last…"
Oct 7
Elizabeth Main replied to James N. Dawson's discussion Do You Have a Physical Address Inside Your Zine?
"I will put a physical address on the zine once I get a P.O. Box. With the internet being what it is, anyone can find your home address in about 90 seconds (if it even takes that long!), but I'd still rather not put it out there."
Oct 6
James N. Dawson replied to Sarah E. Hoffman's discussion WSM-APA
"Frederick Moe is starting an APA very much like the one you're thinking of: http://wemakezines.ning.com/profiles/blogs/announcing-freedom-apa"
Oct 1
Kari Tervo left a comment for James N. Dawson
"Hi James. Thanks for your recent discussion of Stovetop Girl in JND Ads and Contacts. Though I have not seen the ad yet, I've received some really polite and professional requests for my zine as a result, including stamps or SASE. This speaks…"
Sep 2
James N. Dawson replied to James N. Dawson's discussion Postal Confusion Again
"Thanks Billy, Elain. Yes, I did take a look at the official USPS website, and it was pretty clear and straightforward.  I don't know if it's something they've done recently.  I'd never been able to find anything in…"
Aug 18
Elaine replied to James N. Dawson's discussion Postal Confusion Again
"The half cent level is for metered mail only, not for you sticking stamps on the envelopes. 1 ounce is .49 cents.  If you're over that first ounce it's listed as 2 ounces and is going to cost you .71 cents. "
Aug 17

Profile Information

Snail Mail Junkie In Need of a Fix

Name: James N. Dawson

Address: P.O. Box 950, Spokane, WA  99210

Age: Well past youth.

Affliction: POB mail junkie.

Religion: Theravada Buddhist. More traditional/literal than most western Theravadins. Follow and regard Buddhism AS A RELIGION. Many would find me "dogmatic" or "doctrinaire", but I'm not overbearing or preachy about it. More negligent lately in my Dhamma practices than I should be. Needn't discuss religion. Just "laying it on the table". Write infrequent and irregular publication: DHAMMA LETTERS "Letters, Fragments, Essays. Critically Orthodox, Theravada Buddhist Perspective".

Politics: Animal-Rights Libertarianism. See:


Diet: Vegan



Other Interests:
ZINES---Self-Publishing/Networking/DIY/Simple Printing/Zines---Mimeograph, Ditto, Letter Press, Home Xerox,

Pre or Non-Internet/PC Entertainment Technology---radios, tape recorders, analogue TV, Stand-Alone Digital, Etc.

Philosophy---Critical Thinking, Ethics, Politics, Religion, Ideas and Consequences, Theory and Action, Individualism...

Mysteries/Unexplained---Cryptozoology (Sasquatch, Pteradactyl, Thunderbird....), Misc

Music---Alternative Rock, New Wave, Garage, Synth, Post Punk, Goth....

Movies & Pulp Fiction----mostly "intelligent horror", cult, silents, obscure, B....

Documentaries---mostly 60's through 80's

Warning: I often "recycle" my e-mails and letters to supplement my mailings. Let me know how you feel about this, and we'll take it from there. I may use letters I receive in my zines---TELL ME CLEARLY "DO NOT PRINT" if you don't want me to.
E-Mail Me If You Must, But Why Not Just Send Me Paper Mail at my POB! Zines, Movies, Mix Tapes, Etc. Also Welcome! Will Answer All!

MY TRADE POLICY: No need to arrange trades via e-mail. Just send me your zine via the USPS and I'll reciprocate! When my zine reaches you, it's yours to do with what you like, but I'd be grateful if you didn't destroy or "recycle" it with the newspapers---I bled an ocean and cried a river of tears creating my zines, and paid a pretty penny to print them. Please, pass it on to somebody who'd enjoy them, if you can. I try to "read the situation" and treat zines I get according to how their makers would like, but if you have any "do's, don't or druthers" about how you'd like your zine "disposed of" or "passed on" it'd be best to make these clear. THANKS!

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JND ADS & CONTACTS, No. 12, Out Now!

Posted on July 28, 2015 at 11:49am 0 Comments

July, 2015.  16 pgs.  Zines, Buy, Sell, Network, Trade, Pen Pals.  Price: $2 or Trade, Free to Prisoners, but SASE/stamps appreciated. Write: JND, P.O. Box 950, Spokane, WA  99210


Posted on June 25, 2015 at 1:15pm 8 Comments

I do street feedings once a week and have a literature box with material from many different philosophies.  I'm having a hard time scraping up things for it.  I do this under The Vegan Libertarian Benevolent Society:


I would be interested in any zines anybody here would be able to send me.  Zines by…


The Vegan Libertarian Benevolent Society

Posted on October 25, 2014 at 10:01am 5 Comments

The Vegan Libertarian Benevolent Society:  Community Service.  Mutual Aid.  Resource, Information, Idea Sharing.  Principled, intelligent, compassion in action, for people and animals.  Contact:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/273324556185846/members/ or VLBS, c/o JND, P.O. Box 950, Spokane, WA  99210

Junk Zine #8, March 2014: Out Now

Posted on April 19, 2014 at 1:06pm 0 Comments

JUNK ZINE No. 8, March 2014.  48 pgs., standard.  News, Rants, Poems, Art, Letters, Responses, Ads & Contacts.  Philosophy and politics.  Mostly from prisoners.  3 ppd./Trade/The Usual to James N. Dawson, P.O. Box 950, Spokane, WA  99210

Scream Factory Horror Zine: Info Wanted

Posted on January 16, 2014 at 9:50am 0 Comments

I ordered a Scream Factory ages ago (or  maybe got it gratis, for review), the 1995/96 issue.  At first I wasn't impressed when I read it, but it sort of grew on me, and I now think it was pretty exceptional.

I'd like to get and/or at least borrow the whole collection, but I don't want it bad enough to pay the $15 a copy it's going for on eBay.

Does anybody on WMZ have the whole collection?  Does anybody know if a zine library does?  Would anybody be willing to do a trade. …


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At 4:04am on September 2, 2015, Kari Tervo said…

Hi James. Thanks for your recent discussion of Stovetop Girl in JND Ads and Contacts. Though I have not seen the ad yet, I've received some really polite and professional requests for my zine as a result, including stamps or SASE. This speaks positively to your audience.

I sent an envelope to you recently that was sent back to me--maybe I wrote the address slightly wrong, or in a way the USPS computer couldn't read it? That's why I hesitate to send this comment via mail vs. here on We Make Zines. At any rate, next time I turn out something new (or if you'd like something I have already published), I'll send in trade with hopes of a JND zine in return. You have a unique voice (cynical, cranky, rational, realistic, empathetic), and I think you're holding up an important end of the papernet.

Please feel free to publish this comment in one of your zines, though I know you might oppose printing internet content. I'll print it and send it if I know I have the right address! :) --Kari

At 9:06am on February 10, 2015, Arcane Angles Zine said…

got your package...the second one you sent.  Thanks so much for resending.  In issue 3 I will be mentioning some of the zines sent my way.  I'm just wondering if you still write pterodactyl and Pseudozine?  I am replying to your LOC in Issue 3, and will be sending you some correspondence etc. after a while.  Thanks again, Paul.

At 6:01pm on January 26, 2015, Arcane Angles Zine said…

hey James.  I checked my P.O. Box.  Zilch. CURSE THEM!

At 8:37pm on January 25, 2015, Arcane Angles Zine said…

hey James thanks for your understanding.  Before you mail it off, I will check my P.O. Box tomorrow and let you know.  I fortunately am off work tomorrow so no prob. 

At 8:09am on January 22, 2015, Arcane Angles Zine said…


I checked my P.O. Box yesterday, and to my great dismay I seem to have never received your recent mailing.  Any chance you can resend any of it?  I was hoping perhaps you had your letter saved on a computer.  Could you perhaps send your zine with my correspondence published?  If you need some funds to re-send it, let me know, and I will help out.  Just to reiterate, I'm at:

Paul Latour

P.O. Box 6851

Kingwood, TX 77325-6851


At 5:35pm on January 19, 2015, Arcane Angles Zine said…

Hey James...just wondering where you are in your latest zines.  I'm a bit paranoid and don't trust the post office employees ability to put the right mail in the right box.  Always getting crap from other P.O. boxes etc.

At 8:16am on October 10, 2014, Arcane Angles Zine said…

James, wondering if you ever received issue 2 of my zine?

At 8:30am on April 28, 2014, Arcane Angles Zine said…

James, I got your latest Junk Zine, and am very grateful for it.  I have a new addy once again, the old one is now solely inhabited by my ex wife... I will be writing soon, and sending you a little something you've been wanting that I happen to have.  Your zine also got me a few contacts as well.  Thanks for staying in touch.

-Paul, Arcane Angles

At 7:48am on April 18, 2014, Arcane Angles Zine said…


Sorry for being so late in replying.  I recently divorced, moved, and got attacked by a crazy girlfriend!  I will be writing back soon.  Hoping to still get a letter of comment on my first zine. 

Best regards,


At 9:01pm on December 12, 2013, Kari Tervo said…

James! I am like panicking right now because I just got a HUGE box of mail that had been sitting in the back of the post office since July (see my blog post)! THANK YOU so much for your Zines for Troops! donation! I'm still in the middle of processing several months of mail, but I wanted to acknowledge your donation ASAP. I'll be sending you your buttons and adding you to the Honor Roll soon.


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