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  • The Don't-Do-It-Yourself Spirit
    Jack Boulware argues in the San Francisco Weekly that it's not always the best idea to put your thoughts out there. He calls for a new DDIY ethic.
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    Added: 1-Jan-2002)

  • Guinea Pig Zero: Let the Dogs Bark
    Robert Helms of Guinea Pig Zero wrote up "reports cards" for some of the hospitals that offer payments to those who take part in medical research. Then he got sued. Link to Salon.com. Posted 14 July 1997.
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    Added: 1-Jan-2002)

  • Opium, Made EasyLook!
    Jim Hogshire of Pills-a-Go-Go and his frightening encounter with the poppy police. From Harper's Magazine. Here's the Bob Black version of events.
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    Added: 1-Jan-2002)

  • Publishing a Fanzine During Wartime
    An excerpt from Mike Gunderloy's book, How to Publish a Fanzine. "There are two basic rules to remember. The first is that you can't trust anyone. The second is that you can't afford to leave any evidence behind you."
    (Added: 1-Jan-2002)

  • Smells Like Zine Spirit
    Factsheet 5 Publisher Seth Friedman comes under attack from some of his own. Links to SFWeekly.com. Posted 27 August 1997
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    Added: 1-Jan-2002)

  • Underground Literary Alliance
    A small group of writers is plotting to overthrow a common enemy: the monolithic, ever-oppressive New York Literary Establishment.
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    Added: 1-Jan-2005)

  • What Color is Your Alternative?
    You can complain all you want about sellouts, but some of the best alternative
    culture our country has to offer is bought and paid for by The Man. Links to Salon.com. Posted 16 April 1997.
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    Added: 1-Jan-2002)

  • Zeens and Mags
    William Safire of "On Language" says teenagers call magazines "zeens."
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    Added: 1-Jan-2002)

  • Zine Books: Been There, Zine That
    A rash of new zine-inspired books has tattooed 20-year-olds screaming bloody
    sell-out. Links to Salon.com. Posted 9 May 1997.
    (Added: 1-Jan-2002)

  • Zine Books: The Big Sell-Out?
    Have corporate devils plucked the zine world's soul? A roundtable with five zine book authors. Links to NewCityChicago.com. Posted 19 June 1997.
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    Added: 1-Jan-2002)

  • Zine Spleen: UPC '95
    Marc Spiegler's notes from the 1995 Chicago Underground Press Conference. Links to New City, Chicago. Posted 24 Aug 1995.
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    Added: 1-Jan-2002)

  • Zines Are DeadLook!
    In this 1999 article, John Marr of Murder Can Be Fun says, "As fun as it may be to put out a publication for 50 like-minded lunatics, sooner or later, it does get old."
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    Added: 30-Jun-2005)

  • Zines Are Dead
    Chris Yorke offers a similar obituary in Broken Pencil.
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    Added: 1-Jan-2002)

  • Zines Suck
    "Zines are crap, folks. Always have been, always will be. Until people actually form a 'zine where they are actually writing for themselves and not a retarded 'underground' audience, the work they create will not have any relevance to real time life." From Doomed to Obscurity.
    (Added: 1-Jan-2002)

  • Zinesters grapple with the ad thing
    How various zine editors, from bOING bOING to Second Guess, handle
    advertisements. From Folio:, 1 February 1997.
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    Added: 1-Jan-2002)

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