a place for zinesters - writers and readers
I visited the Independent Publishing Resource Center yesterday--not to check out zines from their superfluous library, but to actually work on a zine! Imagine that! It appeared that a lot of the people there couldn't. Granted, I know the "independent" part of the name means you're supposed to go DIY, but some people skills with the folks there would have proved for a much productive and friendly visit. Sometimes I wonder: Is this just how writers are? Wrapped up in their own work and not able to offer the simplest of help to others? But I know from experience: OF COURSE NOT. I have been around too many writers in my time to think otherwise, so really the snobbery could've come from anywhere, any source. But zinesters do have a reputation of being self-consumed, often irritatingly eccentric, and frankly, snobby. There's no two ways around this until we decide to change our reputation as who we are as a collective, and not some warring interpersonal soap-opera. I sure would like to see that change happen, wouldn't you?