zine, [zeen] noun. 1. abbr. of fanzine; 2. any amateurly-published periodical. Oxford Reference


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Aardvark #2


Red Roach Press
POB 771
College Park, MD
Joe Smith aka Art Vark, loves the written word, particularly when those words are written on paper, and can be found in libraries and bookstores. He has a lot of opinions and theories as to the future of this medium and shares them throughout this zine, which is mostly what this issue is about. I really enjoyed reading about this as it is something that most people who love books and zines can relate to. These opinions and theories are not knee-jerk and appear to be very well thought out with quotes and statistics punctuating many of his points. There are also some zine and book reviews and a nice intro about what it means to “follow your bliss”. As a lover of hidden bookstores in forgotten parts of town, second hand store book finds, and the great zine underground, I don’t have the same level of anxiety about the decline of the print format that Joe mourns in this zine. I do, however, appreciate his take on it and look forward to more of his words on paper.

Same Zine, Different Reviewer:

Joe Smith is bummed he didn't get the job in the used book store he had his heart set on, because he wants to open his own used book store some day and thought this would provide valuable experience. In addition to some zine reviews, there is a musing on following your bliss, with copious excerpts from Joseph Campbell, a rant on the death of the written word, and more comments on Campbell commenting on Nietzsche commenting on the age of comparisons. A little too cerebral for me, but I love the graphics, and thumbs up for the reviews.

28 Pages, digest, nice paper stock
Red Roach Press
PO Box 771
College Park, MD 20740

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