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Out of Olympia, Washington this zine was put together by a woman named Nicki, compiling stories about community. Topics include a gardening project, volunteering for the Olympia Film Society, how the Ladyfest Bellingham came to be, basics of how to do media outreach, an article by Amy Adoyize and how her Razorcake column Monster of Fun began, Chris Kissoff with a piece on community, and how a woman from Cambodia joined with seven other women in college in Bangladesh to form a support group for one another. A very inspiring read that does a great job of encouraging the DIY ethic, by promoting to do it together.
Cindy's alphabet series continues with this final installment U thru Z. Even though it is part of a series, this issue of Doris stands strong on it's own. Chock full of everything inspiring that Cindy brings in all of her writing, she begins with the story of leaving home for Reed college in Portland. In Portland she finds solace and friendship within the local Food Not Bombs chapter. Cindy also writes about touring with her band and meeting friends plus rekindling old relationships along the way. The part of Doris #27 that really spoke volumes to me was the part on what happens when the punks grow up and how we can use our talents and what we have learned to live lives which contribute to our communities. A wonderful and uplifting read.
This zine by Chantel takes a unique look at identifying sexuality. She speaks of how people assume her to be straight because of the fact that she currently has a male partner. There is a great book list (including reviews) that Chantel has read in her journey to understand sexuality and help define herself. She also discusses why she rejects the term bisexual being that it only implies binary gender. Mistaken For Straight also touches on the coming out stories Chantel has experienced with her friends, family, and even the plumber.
This is a super interesting zine that takes a brief look at the history of the 1930's science fiction fanzine. I think my favorite piece of info is simply the fact that the writer had to use a fake student ID in order to research this zine at a university in Philadelphia. My Time Annihilator takes a look at the printing and distribution trends of the era. There is also an appendix with copies of some of the fanzines researched. I also loved learning some of the slang of the time period such as “faaan” and “egoboo”.