A zine is a self-published work of original or appropriated and remixed materials, including photographs, drawings, poetry, and prose. Typically limited in print number, zines are most often stapled-together paper reproduced on a photocopier, and distributed locally.
While zines are closely associated with music scenes such as punk or riot grrrl, they have existed in their modern form as a part of a variety of artistic movements since the early 20th century, including Dadaist leaflets and early science fiction fan magazines (aka fanzines aka zines).
The Central Library’s Teen Center zine collection, launched with the goal of promoting the voices and creative expression of teens and young adults, especially those living in the Pacific Northwest, includes over a hundred zines and mini-comics, with topics ranging from self-perception to parrotfish to paper airplanes. All zines in this collection are uncatalogued, but may be borrowed and returned to the library when finished. Continue reading “The Seattle Public Library Zine Collections”
“We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” – Joan Didion
One evening a friend took me to Roy Street Coffee and Tea in Capitol Hill to a standing room only event. It was a Thursday night and I was at Fresh Ground Stories, a first-person storytelling open mic inspired by The Moth Radio Hour. The room was warm with so many bodies, stuffed chairs, and steaming lattes, but ordinary coffee shop din was virtually absent as the crowd’s attention was honed on the teller at the microphone. I was floored by the jaw dropping honesty, beauty, courage, hilarity, and universality of each story I encountered. Hearing strangers tell these true personal stories in front of a live audience left me changed: grinning foolishly, laughing loudly, and, more often than I’d like to admit, reaching for a scrunched up Kleenex. Continue reading “Sharing Our Stories: Seattle Public Library Celebrates the Art of Storytelling”
Kraken by China Mieville
So far, the best of Mieveille’s works, reminiscent of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere with more occult and police procedural thrown in, and more apocalypses than you can count! All for a giant squid.
The Night Thoreau Spent in Jailby Jerome Lawrence
A play based on the life of Thoreau, concentrating on the night he spent in jail for refusing to pay taxes due to the U.S. involvement in the Mexican-American War. Infused with a 70s vibe.
The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks
Assassin books are tricky. Weeks writes an admirable blend of the glamour with the distastefulness. I also appreciate how much sympathy he can create for some of the corrupt not-very-good characters.
Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah
A wild child is discovered by the residents of a small town in Washington. The child psychologist called to treat her has to deal with issues of her own. Who saves whom? I was drawn to tears. A must read!