I read Katie's galley in order to blurb it. I'm not supposed to review it yet, but here's the blurb:
"As someone who hates to spend time or money acquiring stuff, I am the last person you would expect to love a book about shopping. But this rummage sale-focused book is interesting even to an unenthusiastic consumer because Katie's expression of her inner life while she finds her treasures is highly compelling. She shares her joy over finding weird textbooks to repurpose into stationery, knickknacks with the previous owners' history attached (or imagined), and vintage clothing whose worth can be ferreted out only by artisan shoppers such as herself. In the process she reveals just enough about herself to make you fall in love with her."
CATS: Trixie, also referred to as Tee, is a superstar
Since I'm not writing the review now, I'll probably never get around to it, so maybe I should write about something else. The zine will be published by Microcosm, a distro and publisher that is the subject of controversy in the zine community, so maybe that’s what I should discuss here. (I'd provide a link, but choosing which one is awfully loaded, so I'll let you poke around and find your own.)
I've been trying to decide my position on Microcosm, whether I should link to them in zine reviews and other online publications. I don't generally buy zines these days anyway, so whether or not to buy from them hasn't been an issue for me.
When Katie asked me to blurb her book, I made my decision pretty quickly, based solely on how much I love her work and admire her. Would I have written an endorsement for her if she'd published with some Rupert Murdoch imprint? It's quite likely.
I know a non-decision is a decision, but where I'm at right now is sort of waiting to see how things shake out.