blackguard23 (blackguard23) wrote,

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Suburban Blight #11 [Spring 2015]

40 pages, 8.5" x 5.5", contact for price/trades >>> Stephanie B., 30 East 29th Street, 2nd Floor, New York NY 10011, USA + Callthedoctor_ [at]

Here's a zine by a self-confessed activist/organiser. It contains musings on Black Lives Matter; research on cross-racial therapy; statistics on prison and race [one depressing fact - a white job applicant with a criminal record is more likely to get a call-back for an interview than a black person with no criminal record[!]]; anarchism in Rojava [Northern Syria]; updates on retail workers organising [example: Guitar Centre workers unionised when the company was bought by the "notorious" Bain Capital who instantly began lowering commission rates]; then there are zine reviews, book reviews [fiction and non-fiction], music reviews... These are all very brief, I gotta say. They seem to be thrown in as an afterthought. I was alarmed [well, maybe "alarmed" is too strong a word...] to note that there were no contact details listed with the zine reviews.

This really isn't my kind of zine. I'm hardly an activist type, and this zine isn't likely to hook me in. First of all, there was no humour at all anywhere in this. Is it all really so deadly serious? Isn't it a well-known truth that humour can be a salve when confronted with the grimmest elements life can hurl at us? So why isn't it incorporated here?

Also, the design is shithouse. Even for a zine it's awful. In fact it seems to be designed to repel any potential readers. A weird tactic!

Having admitted all that, I do thank Stephanie for taking the time to send me her zine. It would be awesome to receive another one if one of my criticisms was addressed.
Tags: reviews, suburban blight

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