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Mishap #27, the special book issue, is in at Microcosm distro.

#28 should be there soon.

I'd be interested how many people buy their zines from distros versus direct from the zinester. Somebody with a grant should study that and let me know.

I like how the description of #27 on the distro page says "inauspicious cover", which is another way to say "boring." The simple cover--only words, no pictures--was intentional: the zine was for readers and the cover lets the casual peruser know that graphics, design, and visual art weren't the aim of the zine. It's all about the books, sweethearts.

Sometimes I do things or write things with a certain goal in mind, an intention, but I feel like a lot of readers miss it completely. From the obvious complaints from some reviewers about "hearing this all before" (but, the piece was written specifically for people who hadn't heard it all before not for jaded, cynical zine reviewers) to those oblivious to the unifying theme of issue #24 (even though I called it to attention on the first page).

Maybe the format of zines influences ways of reading, leading to a superficial reading because, after all, it is just a zine. Or perhaps the twitterization of Facebook digital Nation has shortened our attention spans and prevents us from seeing deeper into a text. After all, what symbolism or metaphor or allegory or subtext can one discern in straight-forward, first-person reports: Bored but it is sunny. Failed chem test.

Anyway, not really complaining, just wondering.

Until the next time I get on here next month or whatever, follow me on The U.S. Postal service by sending a letter and getting one back. Real Mail, precious, oh yes.

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Comment by Ryan Mishap on March 17, 2010 at 9:18pm
Brilliant post! I follow your every word and will do as you command!


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