To celebrate International Zine Month 2012, I’m posting a video review of a different zine every day throughout July! Some of them will be favorites from my collection; some will be new purchases and trades. I am also open to submissions! If you want your zine reviewed, mail it to:
31 Flavors Zine Review
c/o Hannah Sheehan
PO Box 3445
Springfield, MO 65808
Credits: The zines shown in this video are Dark Side of the Building (fiftysticks.com), Peulah Shaveh Chaiyim (firstname.lastname@example.org), Brainscan #22 (here), The Indifference of Places (here), Clark 8 (here), No One on the Corner Has Swagger Like Us (here, sold out?), Pieces #6 (here), The La-La Theory #7: “Nix Besser” (here, sold out?), Culture Slut #23 (fightboredom.com), Forever Analog (vickeh.com), Loud Mouth #3 (here), Booty #24 (treesandhills.org), and A Steampunk’s Guide to the Apocalypse (here). The song is “Boring Ways” by Smokemonster.
This week the U.S. Senate is debating the 21st Century Postal Act of 2011, a proposal to reform the U.S. Postal Service and change the way the USPS does business in order to make it more profitable. In December, the Postal Service proposed to cut Saturday delivery, close half of its 500 processing centers around the country and dozens of local post offices, and lay off thousands of workers. The bill under consideration this week would delay closures and require studies to determine how best to proceed with any reductions in delivery. Although those are laudable goals, they will not solve the fundamental problem: Congress assumes that this vital government service will somehow become profitable.
In the midst of a long decline in the volume of mail, the demise of the Postal Service — at least as a public institution with universal service throughout the United States — often seems inevitable. Yet the critiques and suggestions offered as solutions for what ails the Postal Service see the problem only in terms of commercial and financial concerns. The circumstances of the Post Office’s founding suggest a far broader and more important mission: guaranteeing the sanctity of civic participation and political debate.
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Important for zinesters.
Team Zine is this coming Tuesday, April 10, 6-8 PM
Just makin’ zines this month, no funny business. Make it your spring cleaning, bring in some magazines that have been taking up space in your apartment or those Land’s End catalogues they won’t stop sending.
Milton Glaser ad for Olivetti, 1970/1