April 14th, 2009

Hole

Self Addressed Stamped Envelope

When I was in Denver last weekend, one of the coolest things I did was tour the Denver Zine Library:



It's a great place, and I hope they get lots of free funding and donations to remain open. I was *huge* fan of zines in the nineties. Before the internet, it was the only way to connect with artists and other people who were into alternative culture. There were fanzines, "perzines" (personal zines full of drama and life stories, like a precursor to LiveJournal), music zines, comics, and strange stuff. I would read "Factsheet Five" cover to cover, sending little envelopes full of dollar bills all over the world, and getting these exotic handmade magazines and photocopies back. It was like a lifeline to this young homosexual.

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