I added two new zines to the catalog today:
- A Million Birthdays #9
This is another great, text-heavy zine by K, broken up into vignettes. K writes: “I have been writing down my stories – critical or not – for over seven years now and I don't really know why. It's like there's something that lives inside of me and tells me, over and over, if you are going to keep living, you have to keep writing. And so, whether or not anyone else is reading, I am always, always writing.” In this issue, she writes about unhealthy relationships, being there for a friend (and how hard it can be when you know they chose the wrong path), learning about a friend's death, and more. As always, engaging content and excellent writing – but this could be triggering, so proceed with caution.
- Femme a Barbe #1
This is a great comp zine put together by Jenna of Sassyfrass Circus. I think what is written on the last page summarizes this zine nicely: “To the Secret Freaks: Come with me! Dare to imagine a world full of women with beards and other gender outlaws, to imagine the possibilities of a feminist cultural politic that rejects the bullshit concern that feminism appears normal, a queer cultural politic that rejects the mainstream gay aspiration to assimilate and consume. Make a spectacle yourself. Join the Femme a Barbe insurgency!” Powerful stuff. The contributors of this zine are self-identified women or genderqueer individuals who have beards. There's informative pieces, people's experiences, fiction, and a poem – all on the topic of facial hair. My favorite pieces were the short story about the male-passing individual who goes to a make-up shop, and the piece about a woman who decides to shave because of the pressure and harassment she receives from others – and her hope that, one day, she won't have to do that. I really, really liked this zine and I absolutely recommend it for everyone. Some parts of this zine may induce anxiety (I know it did for me), so it could be triggering.
I will be attending the NJ zine fest this Sunday, April 11th! You can find information on the event in the forum of this website. I won't be tabling, but I'll be there looking for some good reads. Hope to see you there!