This story was recently published in Aj Michel's contributor-driven zine "Syndicate Product" (#15: Coming Clean!). If you would like a copy of "Syndicate Product" send $3 to: Aj Michel, PO Box 877, Lansdowne, PA 19050, USA or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org…
Added by Kris M. on April 6, 2010 at 12:47am —
Notes from a Hospital Bed in France
by Lisa B. Falour
By 1975, when I was a first-year art student (majoring in graphic design & illustration) at Kent State University in Ohio, U.S.A., I already had eclectic tastes with regard to art, music and literature. I was restless and very unsure of myself, but of one thing I was certain: there weren´t any magazines around to really interest and engage me. Lonely, nerdy, odd, and fond of correspondence, I became a “mail artist”… Continue
Added by Kris M. on January 29, 2010 at 1:34am —
"In search of… Luke Sinclair" from "Going Postal!" #2
I always see advertisements for zine distros in review zines, but I´ve never contacted any of them to see if they would be interested in carrying one of my zines. I prefer to know my readers one-on-one. That is, if somebody sees a review of my little publication they have to grab a pen & a sheet of paper, then sit down & write to me personally. I like that. I´m not all that interested in putting massive quantities… Continue
Added by Kris M. on November 8, 2009 at 5:21am —
5 April: A lot of friends and family members are coming over tonight to say hello and get drunk and whatnot. So my mother, Lola and I go to the supermarket (after another big breakfast! – this time it was Southern biscuits and gravy). At the supermarket I get another unexpected shock. We don´t have much variety in Plasencia´s supermarkets. If we want to make something “special” - like Mexican or Japanese food - there is quite a bit of preparation that goes into finding what we need. (There is… Continue
Added by Kris M. on August 17, 2009 at 1:45am —
3 April: After about 5 hours of sleep I´m wide awake & quietly get out of bed & walk out into the sunroom. The sun is just coming up over the horizon & I spot 3 deer grazing on some of the bushes in my parent´s back yard. My father is making a pot of coffee & telling me that the local deer have been wandering down into their yard &, much to my mother´s dismay, eating everything in sight.
“The god damned builders have ripped up 40 acres of forest down by Pheasant… Continue
Added by Kris M. on August 13, 2009 at 9:37am —
2 April: We arrive at Philadelphia International Airport & approach the long lines of people waiting to go through the immigration check point. There is an angry Hispanic woman shouting in English & in Spanish, “U.S. citizens to the left! Non-U.S. citizens to the right! Ciudadanos de los Estados Unidos a la izquierda! Todos los otros a la derecha!” I wish Lola luck & give her a kiss as she heads over to the immigration line for drug dealers, terrorists & child molesters. When I… Continue
Added by Kris M. on August 7, 2009 at 1:02am —
"Against and Among Institutions: Mail Art as a Subversive Medium" by John Held, Jr.
I know it’s wrong…but I’ve been waiting for some major American art institution to come along and ask me to assist in the production of their major exhibition of Mail Art. It’s not happening. I know that things like this don’t happen without effort on one’s own part, but it’s long overdue…and I keep waiting. For how much longer, I don’t know.
Some would argue that an exhibition on Mail Art,… Continue
Added by Kris M. on July 23, 2009 at 3:51am —
Anarchism, Self-publishing, and the Anti-Sleep League at Philadelphia: A memoir by Robert P. Helms from "Going Postal!" #1
When I remember my early years of involvement in anarchism, a wide range of images and feelings wander through my mind and across my skin. Starting in the summer of 1989, I started to explore the idea in places other than library stacks, mostly in Philadelphia. Between 1991 and around 2000, the circle to which I belonged maintained a capacity to publish… Continue
Added by Kris M. on May 22, 2009 at 2:36am —
An interview with Olaf – the editor of ¡Qué Suerte! conducted (by post) by Kris Mininger
Q: Name, Nationality, Current Residence, Age & Occupation?
A: Olaf Ladousse. I´m a Belgian born in Paris. I´m currently living in Madrid. I´m 38 years old & work as an illustrator.
Q: When & how did you become interested in fanzines?
A: I began making fanzines when I was a little kid with my cousins & my siblings when we were bored on the weekends.… Continue
Added by Kris M. on April 15, 2009 at 6:33am —
I´ve been seeing the name, and some of the writings of, Arthur Moyse in issues of Peter Good´s "The Cunningham Amendment" for a few years now. Then one day I received with a letter from Peter a page of artwork by Arthur from an old issue of "Anarchism Lancastrium". I liked it so much that I figured the best way to find out more about Arthur was to conduct a brief interview with Dr. Good (by post, of course). Peter was kind enough to pass my questions on to Dave Cunliffe and David Peers, two… Continue
Added by Kris M. on February 1, 2009 at 4:43am —
Witnessing 9/11 from Overseas
by Kristoffer Mininger
After lunch we had an hour of free time before getting back to our farm duties. On this particular day James and I had gone down to the dried-up lake bed to check the sheep for maggots. It seems odd now that this was something we did in our free time.
After the break, James ran into town to borrow some carpentry tools. I went down to “the slats” to check on a sick cow. I was tossing fresh straw around the… Continue
Added by Kris M. on November 11, 2008 at 9:25am —
I just received the new issue (#6) of Jason Rodger´s zine review zine "Media Junky" & listen to this kick ass review of my humble lil´ zine "Going Postal!":
"A fabulous work. This zine is devoted to mail art & zines, as social phenomena. This looks at the personal & political relevance of alternative communications. There is no lack of theory, nor the relevance of personal experiences. The material maintains a critical stance, not only covering positive aspects. Articles… Continue
Added by Kris M. on October 22, 2008 at 1:55pm —
I just received the Autumn/Winter 2008 issue of Total Liberty: A Journal of Evolutionary Anarchism edited by Jonathan Simcock. In the editorial Jonathan mentions his new website:
"The website address is http://anarchistvoices.wetpaint.com/ and it features over 15 different videos. There are also photographs, a Links page and a page where there are 17 back issues of Total Liberty as pdf files available for free download and an (as yet) unused discussion forum.
"The videos… Continue
Added by Kris M. on October 22, 2008 at 7:42am —
How I Stumbled Into The World of Independent Publishing: in memory of Irving Stettner
by Kris Mininger
It was the summer of 1997. I was in New York City for a few days visiting friends before catching a flight to Greece. On the morning of the day of my flight I walked to the great Strand Book Store at 12th and Broadway to look for something to read during the “jump over the puddle”. I was 22 years old and was at the height of my Henry Miller & Charles Bukowski obsession.… Continue
Added by Kris M. on October 17, 2008 at 12:08pm —
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A Scottish postman working in Germany hoarded at least 20,000 letters at home because he felt his work was too taxing, police said on Tuesday.
The postman in Frankfurt was caught when a neighbor saw him tipping a mail delivery into a rubbish bin and alerted police.
"It's worth mentioning the 23-year-old didn't deliver mail addressed to himself either," local police said in a statement.
Investigating officers found rubbish bags and boxes full of letters and… Continue
Added by Kris M. on October 15, 2008 at 1:34pm —