The Encyclopedia of Doris is more than the sum of its Dorises. I'm often not crazy about zine collections because zines read better individually. They're complete unto themselves and are particular to the moment they're published. With the Encyclopedia Cindy edited together nine years of Doris content, plus articles and interviews from other zines and magazines, and so it reads like a complete work, rather than awkwardly connected episodes.
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The Lower East Side Librarian Library of Congress Subject Headings of the Week for Week 10, March 9, 2011 are...
I loved this issue of QZAP:META from the old skool looking front cover photo of sailors making out to the anthemic back cover drawing of a large naked women by Mara Schnookums proclaiming "Any sex I have is queer sex any zine I make is a queer zine." Nerdslut Milo Miller's introduction lays out what it is to record one's life and struggles in zines and to preserve them in libraries and archives. Ze identifies the Queer Zine Archive Project, QZAP, as "part of a vast Yellow Submarine fleet of libraries, archives, and infoshops that all recognize the importance of saving and sharing populist and underground media." Ze makes me feel so proud to be part of that! The essays in the zine ride the activist/academic line in the most delicious way. Plus there's art. What's not to love?
I'd read DTWOF here and there, mostly on the interweb, like especially when the main character, Mo, decided to go to library school in 2001, and the link to that strip got forwarded around the bibliosphere like crazy. But without regular exposure, I had not realized just how brilliant the biweekly comic strip is. I can't believe (okay, I can believe but don't want to) that it isn't syndicated in every newspaper that carries Doonesbury, or at least Boondocks. I'm guessing it's the title? Which is unfortunate also because this comic is relevant to all people with radical left politics. Maybe even liberals!
The Lower East Side Librarian Library of Congress Subject Heading of the Week4for Week 29, July 21, 2010 is...
A hint to one of the runners up:
Radical Reference presents a second evening about how community history is documented and celebrated. Archivists and activists will present parts of their collections and discuss how their work keeps the struggle alive.
Monday, April 26
451 West St (between Bank & Bethune Sts)
$6/10/15 sliding scale (no one turned away)
Details about our first Documenting Struggle.
Dear Gay Cataloging Mafia and other concerned parties:
The Lezbrian Yahoo! group is a talkin' about subject headings. Brenda J. Marston wonders why if "Bears (Gay culture)" has been adopted as a Library of Congress Subject Heading, why not "Butch," "Femme (Lesbian culture)," and "Butch and femme." Me, too!
I might argue for "Femme (Queer culture)" though, since the femmes whose zines I catalog use Queer almost exclusively over Lesbian. Brenda tells me that Cornell has a 653 for "Butch and femme (Sexual orientation)."
This week on LCSH Watch:
- Bisexual women
- Dairy barns—Odor control
- Domestics in motion pictures
- Male-to-female transsexuals
- Nuns on television
- Reproductive rights
- Sexual minority women
My pick for NYC Pride Week is Jessica Max Stein's "The Rainbow Connection" zine reading/release at Bluestockings.
Monday, June 29th @ 7PM - $1 to $5 Suggested
Queer Muppet Pride
Presentation: Jessica Max Stein "The Rainbow Connection"
Miss Piggy, Scooter, Beaker, Janice, Elmo, Statler. Each of these characters was created or performed by gay Muppeteer Richard Hunt. Please come to celebrate the release of "The Rainbow Connection: Gay Muppeteer Richard Hunt," and come prepared to laugh yourself silly as Stein presents the nerdy, gleeful, and gay-as-in-homosexual subtext of the Muppets and the work of Richard Hunt.