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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.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Watch the Closing Doors #50 and Brooklyn! #67
Fred Argoff, Editor
Brooklyn! is $10 for four quarterly issues…and “read carefully: payment in cash!”
20pp; lots of pictures, trades ?
Penthouse L
1170 Ocean Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11230-4060

(I’m not sure how much Watch the Closing Doors costs, but I bet you could write & ask).

I’m in a slight state of disbelief at the number of issues of each of these publications. The introduction to Watch the Closing Doors makes mention of that title’s 50th issue (which is hugely impressive, and even more so when you consider that Fred Argoff’s published two titles that have reached that milestone) and mentions that the theme of that issue is crossover. So it seemed to make sense to review the two zines together. (One’s about subways, one’s about Brooklyn---no surprises here!--so it seems straightforward enough: an issue about subways in Brooklyn!). Mostly reading these issues make me want to visit New York; I’ve always been into train travel, and the idea of a subway line acting like a veritable “elevated sightseeing tour” is pretty excellent. Similarly composed, with a beautiful combination of written history and photographs, they’re both compelling reads and are kind of a nice pair to read together anyway.

Scenes of America and ed markowski – 15 poems
(Liliput Review #s 171 and 172)
Liliput Review
c/o Don Wentworth
282 Main Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
$1 each (or SASE and 2 stamps), 6 for $5, 15 for $10, trades?

Basically, these are tiny zines (19 pages, quarter-size) packed with poems and illustrations. There’s a whole list from which to pick (I guess you’d have to write and ask for the list?). LR is published quarterly, shipped two issues at a time, and every 4th issue is a broadside that features the work of a single poet. I love the concept.

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