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reading
Tongues #1 – Anders Nilsen
Amatka – Karin Tidbeck
Life on Mars – Tracy K. Smith
Titus Groan – Mervyn Peake
It’s Alright: A Truckface Anthology Volume 2 – LB Briggs
Recombo DNA: The Story of Devo, Or How the ’60s Became the ’80s – Kevin C. Smith
No Go the Bogeyman: Scaring Lulling & Making Mock – Marina Warner
Portraits – John Berger on Artists – John Berger
Blood Struggle – The Rise of Modern Indian Nations – Charles F. Wilkinson
The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry – Wendell Berry

watching
RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars Season 3
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Mildred Pierce – Todd Haynes
Coco
Trixie and Katya Show
RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10
Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown – Alex Gibney
We Will Rock You – Queen / Ben Elton Performed by Taft High School.
Look & See: Wendell Berry’s Kentucky – Laura Dunn

listening
For Your Pleasure, Stranded, and Siren – Roxy Music
Doublenickels on the Dime – The Minutemen
Crisis – Ornette Coleman
French Vanilla – French Vanilla
All Nerve – The Breeders
Feedback Works 1969-1970 – Eliane Radigue
Live at Hungry Brain – Akira Sakata and Chikamorachi
At the Helm – East New York Ensemble de Music
Death Rattle – James Plotkin and Paal Nilssen Love
Ears Are Filled With Wonder – Peter Brotzmann and Heather Leigh
Black Eyes and Cough – Black Eyes
Moosebumps: an exploration into modern day horripilation – Dr. Octagon
Ophelia and Newmud – Akiko Kiyama
Whities 010 – Coby Sey

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Heeeeeyyyyy. I made a new zine. That’s two within the span of two years. I am burning it up! This is the first non-Flotation Device zine I’ve made in a long time. As far as solo efforts go. I think the last one was when I was in library school and made a zine for a project. That was probably around 2005 or 2006. I went back and forth about publishing this as Flotation Device 15. But I finally decided that it would be best to be its own thing. It felt sufficiently distinct.

The jist of it is that I use a format of you are… to quickly write down any thoughts, or phrases, or sentences, or events, that I think, come across, or experience. They don’t really fit anywhere else, but they add up to kind of a slow motion diary / journal thing. And it is a manageable way to collect the small things.

If you are interested you can get a copy over at thee ye olde etsee storee. Or just get in touch somehow.

what we did and how we did it 2018 first third

January

Weekly therapy sessions.
PTO coffee with the principal. 1/10
Lunch with Sara. 1/12
Psychiatrist. 1/17
PTO Meeting. 1/17
Baby shower for Andrea and Ben. 1/27

February

Drinks with John. 2/1
Weekly swimming lessons on Sundays.
Weekly therapy sessions.
PTO meeting. 2/7
All day Paczki brunch at our house. 2/10
PTO coffee with the principal. 2/12
Psychiatrist. 2/14
M playdate with A. 2/18
H birthday trip to Savannah. 2/22-2/25
PTO meeting 2/28

March

Weekly therapy sessions
Weekly swimming lessons on Sundays.
Library Experimental 3/3
Birthday party at the Richards Smiths 3/4
PTO coffee with the principal 3/13
Psychiatrist 3/14
John Porcellino at Quimby’s 3/16
Lunch with Lindsey. 3/19
Midwest Archives Conference in Chicago. 3/21-3/24
Tour of the Gerber Hart Library and the Leather Archives. 3/22
Trip to New Jersey. 3/28-3/31
(Franklin Institute, indoor trampoline park, Rita’s, Wawa, etc.)

April

Weekly swimming lessons on Sundays.
Weekly therapy sessions.
Architect visits our house. 4/3
M skateboard lesson. 4/7
M playdate with L. 4/8
Lunch with Brooke 4/10
PTO meeting. 4/11
M skateboard lesson. 4/14
Library Experimental. 4/14
Lavasseur/Tues at our house. 4/14
Erich’s birthday dinner at Gather. 4/20
Audobon Skatepark with M. 4/21
Red Stars game. 4/21
Jefferson Park Forward family bowling. 4/22
We Will Rock You at Taft. 4/28
Dentist appointment. 4/30

starfish

starfish cover by sarah leitten

About a year ago I started putting together an album of Bikini Kill covers, but it felt kind of weird/empty to release an album of Bikini Kill covers without contributing to the world somehow. So, I curated/edited a zine about Bikini Kill as both a band and a concept. Some amazingly awesome people contributed personal responses, memories, interviews, and instructions.

All proceeds from the zine will be donated to Chicago Abortion Fund.

I am incredibly grateful to everyone who contributed their time and energy and talents to make this zine: Isabella Aimone, Mariela Arzadun, Micaela Hester, Jess Hogan, Dustin Krcatovich, Missy Kulik, Sarah Leitten, Caroline Lucas, Rachel Masilamani, Liz Mason, Billy McCall, Celia C. Peréz, Lauren Redhead.

You can buy the zine, starfish, here.

If you’re curious about the cover album, you can check that out here.

reading watching listening

reading
Tender – Sofia Samatar
Uproot: Travels in 21st-Century Music and Digital Culture – Jace Clayton
King-Cat 77 – John Porcellino
An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States – Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Only Interested in Everything – Maura McDanel
Uncreative Writing – Kenneth Goldsmith
The Power Book – Jeanette Winterson
Lavinia – Ursula K. LeGuin
The Argonauts – Maggie Nelson
After Buddhism – Stephen Batchelor
Neveryon – Samuel Delaney
Wild Oats and Fireweeds – Ursula K. LeGuin
Red Power Rising: The National Indian Youth Council and the Origins of Native Activism – Bradley G. Shreve
The Opposite House: Poems – Claudia Emerson
Dialogues with Marcel Duchamp – Pierre Cabanne
The Unfinished World and Other Stories – Amber Sparks
Through the Woods – Emily Carroll
How to be Happy – Eleanor Davis
Laid Waste – Julia Gfrorer
Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen – Dylan Horrocks
Memoria de fuego II. Las caras y las máscaras – Eduardo Galeano
Re-collection: Art, New Media, and Social Memory – Jon Ippolito and Richard Rinehart
what is not yours is not yours – Helen Oyeyemi
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries From a Secret World – Peter Wohlleben

watching
Chicago Red Stars
Swansea City AFC
Gimme Danger – Jim Jarmusch
X: The Unheard Music – W.T. Morgan
Blazing Saddles – Mel Brooks
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Danny Says – Brendan Toller
The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg – Takashi Murakami exhibition at the MCA Chicago
TV Party (documentary)
Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe
The Puppetoon Movie – George Pal
Onibaba – Kaneto Shindo
Aquabats Super Show

listening
Halo – Juana Molina
Field Day – Aphex Twin
Dust – Laurel Halo
Rabbit Holes [andotherexits] – wrtch
F.L.O.W. (Future Leaders Of the World) – Fury
Peace Fam – Mykele Deville
Heathen – David Bowie
Reflection – Brian Eno
The Quantum Loonyverse – Cylob
Scraps and ShadowsJoe Mcphee and Chris Corsano
Never Forever – Monarch!
Dopesmoker – Sleep