I think this zine did change my life. Located in America’s poetic capital, Chicago, it has been working tirelessly over the past three years to bring life-changing pieces of literature, YouTube videos, and blog posts to an internet near you. Some of these touched me in places I’ve never been touched before; parts of my soul I didn’t even know existed were made stronger. Knowing my life had been changed and for the better this time made me happy. Plus they include sweet songs into the posts from time to time. Music and literature should always go together.
The contributor list reads like a college lecture’s attendance sheet. Anybody you would want to see there is there, starting from Sam Pink’s inaugural post “Move in with me.” Sam Pink means business having written multiple books, done live readings, and generally been an active participant in this great thing we call alt lit. If you go to his blogspot (one of many) you’ll notice his blog picture is of the utmost seriousness: a strawberry defecating in a man’s mouth. I had asked if strawberries are the sluts of the berry world once. Now, after seeing this picture, I know strawberries are not merely whores; they are into scat as well.
Actually I don’t know a great deal of the people posting on here. I’m familiar with Greg Santos, Sam Pink and Salisbury Bushnell. Perhaps if there were more life changing shout-outs, news or events I might know more. One could argue though that a post in itself is a life-changing event, as the posts seem to happen whenever they damn feel like it. Greg Santos’ piece is particularly fantastic; reassuring me it isn’t the end of the world. While it is a shame about the world getting shinier and more expensive at least we have charming graffiti bunnies.
Salisbury Bushnell, face-painter extraordinaire, has the most recent post for this delightful outing. The cellular gospel is certainly the good word. Mr. Bushnell is in his now-trademark face paint, suspenders, and gold tie. If the business world ever needed a bizarro businessman they could worse than Salisbury Bushnell. As an added bonus he reads (or yells) live from some really nice looking apartment using a microphone he pilfered from an unsuccessful comedy club.
With all this prestige, all this pomp, you’d think it would be hard to enter this rarified blog world. Let me tell you nothing could be further from the truth. “This Zine will change your life” wants you. They want you so bad. You won’t get paid but you’re probably used to that by now if you’re submitting writing online. Shorter posts are beloved. That’s a standard anywhere on the inter web. And as the final touch, they want to know you. Not merely as some bored person submitting prose, but as a person. What are your hopes and desires? Put that in the bio to let us your greatest achievements during your brief time on Earth.
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