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The Vellum Underground #1



28 pages, 8" x 5.5", free! just ask for a copy, David LaBounty, PO Box 250382, Plano TX 75025-0382, USA + info [at] thevellumunderground.com

Some terrific writing in here about zines including Zine World [and the passing of], V. Vale's [RE/Search] ZINES!, and David's transformation from a "review zine snob" into somebody who drops everything to read the latest issue of Zine World. There's also David's thoroughly absorbing account of his 'writing life' - when he started, University experiences, first sale of a poem, his friend Jeff Adams [editor of Equipment World, "a glossy publication about the construction industry"], his discovery and obsession with 'Father of Children's Literature' John Newbery, and reading Yates, Keats and Byron, and in particular, Byron's Don Juan which contains this wonderful stanza:

But 'why then publish?- There are no
      rewards,
Of fame or profit when ther world grows
    weary.
I ask in turn, - Why do you play at cards?
    Why drink? Why read? - To make
      some hour less dreary.
It occupies me to turn back regards
  on what I've seen or ponder'd, sad or
    cheery;
And what I write I cast upon the stream,
To swim or sink - I have had at least my
      dream.


David also writes about his discovery of Kathy Moseley's zine SemiBold - "...this 16-page perzine blew me away. ... After reading it, I realized that this was what zining was about. You put everything out there and it doesn't matter if no one reads it or if a thousand people read it." This is followed by a piece written by Kathy about how she came to publish SemiBold, and sending the first issue to Factsheet 5, hoping for a review. Not only was it reviewed, but it was in the EDITOR'S CHOICE section!

Great zine. Write for your copy now!

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