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Lisa Carver, Rollerderby

Age: 28

Selection: "The Brutality of Little House on the Prairie" (page 159)

Recent review (from Out Your Backdoor): "Excellent sub-pop scene overview. Letters section full of ongoing feud and sexual groveling. Gross, nasty, trashy. Whimsical, funny, friendly. (I laff, I cry, I am revolted.)"

Sample: $3 from P.O. Box 474, Dover, NH 03821 (checks: Lisa Carver) or order online

When did you launch your zine? What inspired you to do so?
1990. I'd been writing for other zines but they kept rejecting articles because they thought no one would be interested in reading about my mother or some weirdo in Texas or things like that.

Why publish a zine?
Dancing Queen1) To make money
2) For the same reason I call my friends—I have some gossip or revelation to tell, and I hope to hear some back too.
3) Good excuse for dates with the interviewees.

Have you ever published any other zines?
DIRT, a hardcore zine when I was 16. Three issues, 30 copies each.

What's your favorite part of doing a zine?
Asking nosy questions.

Any general tips for aspiring zinesters?
Quit talking. Hurry up.

RollerderbyWhat do you like best about zines?
I like the ones that come out very, very infrequently, and don't waste the whole introduction explaining why they're so late.

In my other life, I'm a:
I used to be a teenage Suckdog (operatic) and a Friendly's waitress and a really good rollerskater. Now I'm a mom, a fast car driver and a "Days of Our Lives" addict. That show is so exciting! It's grandiose.

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