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Xerography Debt is a review zine for zine readers by zine writers (and readers). It is a hybrid of review zine and personal zine (the ancestor to many blogs). The paper version has been around since 1999. This blog thing is are attempt to bridge the gap between Web 2.0 and Paper 1.0. Print is not dead, but it is becoming more pixelated.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet 21 (review by Anne)

Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet #21
made by: Gavin J. Grant and Kelly Link
with help from: Jedediah Berry, Michael DeLuca, and Annabel Link
issn: 1544-778203
available for purchase online (see below) or at
Small Beer Press, 150 Pleasant Street #306, Easthampton, MA 01027
$5, 60 pgs, totally worth it.

This volume is in the stack I've been meaning to get through; I've been so slow on this that this twice-a-year volume actually lapped me (they're on to #22, which you can see at the website listed above). It's odd, because when I opened the package of zines, it was the first one where I went "Whoohoo!" (I do that sometimes) and wanted to get to it first. And then a thousand small things got in the way (and one slightly more major thing. I started a business: mymonsterhat.com).

But for the first time pretty much ever, I'm actually glad that I waited. Weirdly, I have two work-related connections to this volume; the one I can tell you about (remember, I work with test secure material) involves someone handing me a copy of Carol Emshwiller's Carmen Dog, which I quite literally only finished earlier this week (fantastic read, by the way). And, of course, Gavin J. Grant is a long-term, frequent XD contributor. And, as if all this wasn't enough, they're also based in Easthampton in a building very near to where I'm spending the afternoon.

I love these kinds of overlaps. So often I receive zines where there is none of this stuff, where it's arrived almost entirely out of the blue, which is fine but sometimes feels totally impersonal (even if that zine is a perzine full of exactly that sort of information). I very much enjoyed reading LCRW #21; it's primarily fiction but also includes poetry, nonfiction, and comics. The layout and design is impeccable: crisp, clean, beautifully formatted. Carol Emshwiller is a regular contributor and the material itself covers a wide range, from odd boarding schools to a strange co-worker writing code (I don't want to say much more for fear of giving it away), and there isn't a single wrong note in here. Literary zines are sometimes a tough sell, but this one shouldn't be--it's well worth the time and money. (And there are even subscription options which
include chocolate...)

1 comment:

Gavin said...

Anne, thanks for the review! Send me an email if you are in Easthampton again and you can (in a great conflict of interests) come by the office for tea!