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The Book of Zines: Readings from the Fringe Paperback – June 1, 1997
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Learn more
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When asked why 90 percent of science fiction was crap, Theodore Sturgeon replied that 90 percent of everything was crap. With zines that figure probably rises to about 99.9 percent. Luckily, we have editor Chip Rowe to sift through the detritus of the zine world and distill this entertaining volume. Included are selections from such well-known zines as Beer Frame (wherein the author discovers the horrors of canned pork brains in milk gravy), Murder Can Be Fun (about the truly bizarre Boston Molasses Flood), and Rollerderby (on the brutality and sexuality of Little House on the Prairie). With over 80 selections there's something here for every maladjusted ex-teenager, from cutely benign tales of Brady Bunch fandom to recipes for making your own edible underwear.
"Here's your opportunity to peek through the keyhole of a basement room filled with secret truths and private obsessions." --Paul Krassner, The Realist
"Chip Rowe, maniacal zine publisher, becomes Chip Rowe, maniacal zine chronicler. Fortunately, he's widely read. You're in for quite a ride." --Chuck Shepherd, News of the Weird