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The Untold History of Zines… Christopher Becker: The Man Who Killed Factsheet Five

When I interview people for this series, I invariably ask them how they came to know about the existence of the underground press — how they came to discover that there were actually brilliant, obsessed people out there in the world who weren’t waiting to get professional writing jobs, but instead just doing it themselves, […]

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The Untold History of Zines… Sean Tejaratchi on Crap Hound

When I first started my “History of Zines” oral history project back in 2013, one of the first people I reached out to was Sean Tejaratchi, the man behind the incredibly ambitious clip art zine Crap Hound. [As someone with OCD, the obsessiveness of Crap Hound really resonated with me, and I wanted to find […]

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Ypsilanti once again has a payphone… only this time it’s free

Last summer, I posted an interview here with a fellow in Portland by the name of Karl Anderson. Anderson, as you may recall, had formed an activism/public arts entity by the name of Futel with the goal of democratizing telecommunications through the introduction of free payphones into America’s urban centers. Well, as you may also […]

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Russ Solomon, the visionary founder of Tower Records, has died

In honor of Russ Solomon, the visionary, iconic founder of Tower Records, who passed a few days ago at the age of 92, I wanted to share the following clip from an interview I did a few years back with Doug Biggert, the man responsible, among other things, for bringing zines to Tower. I never […]

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How we measure success in this life

Shortly after moving to Atlanta in 1993, Linette and I started publishing our zine, Crimewave USA. We didn’t have many friends, and it gave us a reason to leave the apartment and actually do things. We’d wonder around, having little adventures, and meeting new people, and then we’d scurry home to scribble everything down before […]

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