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CRIES FROM THE GULAG, Number Two, Mar., 2017


Number 2, March, 2017

James N. Dawson, Publisher

P.O. Box 950

Spokane, WA  99210

Prisons have many rules about what a prisoner can get in the mail, too many to list here.  Generally, stickers and metal clasp envelopes are not allowed.  Keep mailings simple---just your letter and/or your zine---to increase the chance it won't get returned.  Anything too extreme---e.g., violence, porn....may get rejected.  I hope you'll find a few people to write…


Added by James N. Dawson on March 1, 2017 at 9:17am — No Comments

Lonely 21-year old transgender prisoner

Justin Mendoza #1029266


P.O. Box 1989

Ely, NV  89301

Please write to her or send her your zine, especially if you're a part of her community.  Remember, no stickers.

Many thanks. 

Added by James N. Dawson on September 25, 2016 at 6:34am — No Comments

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

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

Added by James N. Dawson on July 28, 2015 at 11:49am — No 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…


Added by James N. Dawson on June 25, 2015 at 1:15pm — 8 Comments

The Vegan Libertarian Benevolent Society

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

Added by James N. Dawson on October 25, 2014 at 10:01am — 5 Comments

Junk Zine #8, March 2014: Out Now

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

Added by James N. Dawson on April 19, 2014 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Scream Factory Horror Zine: Info Wanted

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. …


Added by James N. Dawson on January 16, 2014 at 9:50am — No Comments

Wanted: Dark, Paranormal, Strange Zines for Prisoner

As some of you know, I'm sort of involved in the prisoner zine scene(not exactly sure how that developed, but that's another issue...) and I'd like to order a few zines for a prisoner pen pal I've had for many years.

So as the title above indicates I'm looking for dark, paranormal, unsolved mysteries, strange, hard/punk rock, poetry zines with lots of imagery.  Probably not politics or technical at least as the main content.  I'd recommend something dense, that can  last a prisoner a…


Added by James N. Dawson on September 10, 2013 at 9:13am — No Comments

A Very Difficult Postal Clerk

A couple weeks ago I ordered a couple inkjet cartridges from an Amazon.com seller.  They e-mailed the estimated arrival time of July 11, then July 16.  By Saturday it hadn't come, so I thought I'd better see what's going on.  As usual, it took some scrutiny to find out what links led to the tracking.  There was no link to it on the shipping confirmation page like other companies I shop with.  I had to guess by clicking on other links until it led me to tracking.

When I looked at the…


Added by James N. Dawson on July 22, 2013 at 9:20am — 1 Comment

My Latest Internet Frustration

Somebody by the name of Gene Hawkridge sent me an invitation to join LinkedIn, which he himself is on.  At first, I thought it may have been some kind of spam, so I hit the reply button and politely told him I didn't remember ever "meeting" him.  Later, the name began sounding more familiar, and after an Inbox search, I did find he was a WA LP member and had contacted me in a mass e-mail a while back.  So, taking it as a possibly friendly personal gesture, I decided I'd go ahead and accepted…


Added by James N. Dawson on August 23, 2011 at 12:22pm — 1 Comment

Prisoner Seeks Body Piercing Zines & Info

From Chris Loy:

"There's one more think I 'd like to ask, maybe you can give me some tips & advice.  I use to own my own body piercing shop back home in Las Vegas, it was called---"Vlad the Impaler".  Talk about some great times James?!!  The money was incredible.  I actually got to travel all over the world.  I've been in magazines (Tattoo & Savage) and have pierced thousands of people---including some pretty famous people.  I've got advice & storys that I think…


Added by James N. Dawson on August 15, 2011 at 11:11am — 2 Comments

My Letter to Spokane Food Not Bombs

Hello FNBers,

Thanks very much for the great meal yesterday.

I've hesitated to do this, but I'd like just to make a few comments on your local FNB and my involvement with it.

I had the sense that my attempts at a face-to-face inquiry about FNB met with some discomfort from some members, so I thought it might go over better in writing.  We libertarians tend to be rather blunt and direct in our discussions, and maybe I came across as overbearing.  If so, my…


Added by James N. Dawson on August 8, 2011 at 10:11am — No Comments

Punks, Body Piercers: Any Comments on the Sites Below?

I'm very interested in the process of co-optation and conventionalization in radical subcultures and intellectual, social and political movements.  I'm curious what members of the subcultures/practices below might have to say about these sites.



And, I'm just bored.

Added by James N. Dawson on July 13, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Terrible Carpal Tunnel Pain Last Night

I'm not sure if this is the appropriate place to make a post like this, but i want to record it somewhere.  I had a similar experience a few years ago I recorded on eHealthforum.com, and was going to do it there, but apparently my last post dropped off their "archive", so I decided to do it here.  I've "whined" about it on Vegan Fitness Forum often enough, that I thought I'd better not bug them about it anymore.

Last night I had one of the worst bouts of "burning, aching, numbness" in…


Added by James N. Dawson on June 6, 2011 at 5:26pm — 1 Comment

Flicker Snickers: Who Did Them?

There were a couple one-panel cartoons in the Seth Friedman Factsheet 5's called "Flicker Snickers".  They were sort of parodies of old 60's/70's-era newspaper cartoons, but brutally grim.  I've been thinking of appropriating them in a zine, but I thought (climate of opinion being what it is these days) that maybe I should ask the creator if he minded.  I've looked on Google and found a lot of "flicker snicker" references, but none seem to be to the cartoons or its creator I'm looking for. …


Added by James N. Dawson on March 29, 2011 at 3:42pm — No Comments

The Electronic Wall

An hour or so again I sent Fate magazine a (belated) e-mail in response to their Sept.-Oct. 2010 issue.  It was at fate@fatemag.com.  About 15 minutes ago I got a "Maeler-Daemon" failure notice saying they couldn't deliver it.  I've got the magazine right in front of me and I can't see a single letter out of place.


So I went to their website, www.fatemag.com, to see if they had a more up-to-date e-mail…


Added by James N. Dawson on March 15, 2011 at 4:59pm — 3 Comments

JUNK ZINE #5, February, 2011

My plans for a papernet-centered ad & contact zine, JND Ads & Contacts (capsule zine reviews, buy/sell/trade networking, pen pal ads), letters (mostly from prisoners). Color art
cover by Juan Maldonado & James N. Dawson. 10 pgs., 8 1/2 x 11, side-stapled, xeroxed & (badly) dittoed (use very bright light, high magnification readers, or skp it). $1, trade or "the usual", FTP

Added by James N. Dawson on March 12, 2011 at 9:17am — No Comments

Erika John

Has any body else been contacted by Erika John through this site?

Added by James N. Dawson on February 25, 2011 at 5:58am — 4 Comments

Libraries Under Threat: My Response to Mike O'Hare

I e-mailed Joe Smith, publisher of the Aardvark and owner of Manual Publishing blog, November, 2009:



I wrote the following comment on your blog entry, November, about library closings.  I tried to enter it in the comments text box, but there was this scroll down menu I was supposed select something from that I didn't understand.  I tried various choices, but it kept saying I got it wrong in red.  Not complaining, just…


Added by James N. Dawson on February 18, 2011 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

I'm on Facebook Now! Isn't That AWESOME?!!!


Because there were a few people and/or groups I could only access by joining, I decided I'd do that. I think there were a few people that invited me there too, which influenced my decision, but all the messages and where they came from on the Net is often a vague jumble in my memory, so I'm never sure.

I occasionally get a message in my Yahoo Mail Inbox that I've got so many friend suggestions, friend requests, group invitations, messages or "whatever", as I…


Added by James N. Dawson on December 12, 2010 at 9:42am — 1 Comment


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