The latest issue of Bookshelf, a ‘zine by my pal Lisa Anne Auerbach, who was nice enough to mail me a copy after I didn’t take one from her during Whitney Biennial exhibition opening because I knew I’d destroy it if I carried it around all evening. As in the first issue, Lisa takes stock of her library while on the verge of moving and writes notes about her books, deciding whether she wants to keep them or not. There is also a great series of color pages that reproduce different odds and ends that Lisa found tucked inside her books, which range from letters and postcards to religious tracts, money, and a picture of Lisa with Ron Jeremy.

The latest issue of Bookshelf, a ‘zine by my pal Lisa Anne Auerbach, who was nice enough to mail me a copy after I didn’t take one from her during Whitney Biennial exhibition opening because I knew I’d destroy it if I carried it around all evening. As in the first issue, Lisa takes stock of her library while on the verge of moving and writes notes about her books, deciding whether she wants to keep them or not. There is also a great series of color pages that reproduce different odds and ends that Lisa found tucked inside her books, which range from letters and postcards to religious tracts, money, and a picture of Lisa with Ron Jeremy.

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State Control #3, published by Chris, Anaheim, California, undated. Thank you to Dale Johnson who gave me this issue.

State Control #3, published by Chris, Anaheim, California, undated. Thank you to Dale Johnson who gave me this issue.

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Tales of… Blarg ‘zine, issue #6, circa 1993, published in Berkeley, CA. Thank you to Dale Johnson, who gave me this issue.

Tales of… Blarg ‘zine, issue #6, circa 1993, published in Berkeley, CA. Thank you to Dale Johnson, who gave me this issue.

One of the highlights of my quick trip to Los Angeles for the L.A. Art Book Fair was receiving this fantastic gift from Dale Johnson. Like me, Dale has been self-publishing since the late 1980s. We met online through a friend and he passed along a big pile of ‘zines to me for free—many of which I have scanned the covers of and posted. Last week in Los Angeles, we got to meet in person and he gifted me yet another pile of ‘zines—about 25 booklet-format publications, mostly from the late 1980s and early 90s. I look forward to scanning and sharing a bunch of these. Big thanks to Dale for his generosity and thoughtful dispersal of the things he no longer has space for!

One of the highlights of my quick trip to Los Angeles for the L.A. Art Book Fair was receiving this fantastic gift from Dale Johnson. Like me, Dale has been self-publishing since the late 1980s. We met online through a friend and he passed along a big pile of ‘zines to me for free—many of which I have scanned the covers of and posted. Last week in Los Angeles, we got to meet in person and he gifted me yet another pile of ‘zines—about 25 booklet-format publications, mostly from the late 1980s and early 90s. I look forward to scanning and sharing a bunch of these. Big thanks to Dale for his generosity and thoughtful dispersal of the things he no longer has space for!

Last night I had the opportunity to talk about Public Collectors at rum46 in Århus, Denmark for their lecture series “Making Social Realities with Books.” I spent a lot of time describing the world of underground music ‘zine publishing in the 1980s and early 1990s before the internet and brought a small pile of things from my collection to share. Lots more of this material here.

Last night I had the opportunity to talk about Public Collectors at rum46 in Århus, Denmark for their lecture series “Making Social Realities with Books.” I spent a lot of time describing the world of underground music ‘zine publishing in the 1980s and early 1990s before the internet and brought a small pile of things from my collection to share. Lots more of this material here.

The center spread from Gaylord Phoenix #6 by Edie Fake. Printed at Spudnik Press in Chicago, 2012.

The center spread from Gaylord Phoenix #6 by Edie Fake. Printed at Spudnik Press in Chicago, 2012.

No Solution fanzine, no. 3, circa 1988. published by Max Depaul, Philadelphia, PA. Many more ‘zine cover scans from my collection here and on this tumblr.

No Solution fanzine, no. 3, circa 1988. published by Max Depaul, Philadelphia, PA. Many more ‘zine cover scans from my collection here and on this tumblr.

Suburban Voice, No. 28, published by Al Quint, Swampscott, MA, undated. Many more ‘zine cover scans from my collection here and on this tumblr.

Suburban Voice, No. 28, published by Al Quint, Swampscott, MA, undated. Many more ‘zine cover scans from my collection here and on this tumblr.


Sheet Metal No. 2, 1988, published by Festering Publications and edited by Jake Wisely, Minneapolis, MN. Many more ‘zine cover scans from my collection here and on this tumblr.

Sheet Metal No. 2, 1988, published by Festering Publications and edited by Jake Wisely, Minneapolis, MN. Many more ‘zine cover scans from my collection here and on this tumblr.

Wajlemac, Spring - Fall 1988, published by Devon Morf, Larkspur, CA. Many more ‘zine cover scans from my collection here and on this tumblr.

Wajlemac, Spring - Fall 1988, published by Devon Morf, Larkspur, CA. Many more ‘zine cover scans from my collection here and on this tumblr.

Optophobia ‘zine, number 5, 1989. Published in Pewaukee, WI. I’m digging back into my underground music ‘zine archives again as I try to get my basement in better order. Many more ‘zine cover scans from my collection here and on this tumblr.

Optophobia ‘zine, number 5, 1989. Published in Pewaukee, WI. I’m digging back into my underground music ‘zine archives again as I try to get my basement in better order. Many more ‘zine cover scans from my collection here and on this tumblr.

A sample spread from Cats Hate Cops, a photocopied booklet by the group New York Year Zero. This booklet compiles old newspaper entries on cats attacking police officers. One of the more unusual anti-authoritarian publications I’ve seen in quite some time!

A sample spread from Cats Hate Cops, a photocopied booklet by the group New York Year Zero. This booklet compiles old newspaper entries on cats attacking police officers. One of the more unusual anti-authoritarian publications I’ve seen in quite some time!

The back cover of Cats Hate Cops, a photocopied booklet by the group New York Year Zero. This sharp publication compiles old newspaper entries on cats attacking police officers.

The back cover of Cats Hate Cops, a photocopied booklet by the group New York Year Zero. This sharp publication compiles old newspaper entries on cats attacking police officers.

Cats Hate Cops, a photocopied booklet by the group New York Year Zero. I was really happy to meet a couple of these folks at the New York Art Book Fair. All of their booklets are sharp, but this one - which compiles old newspaper entries on cats attacking police officers - is particularly enjoyable. More scans to follow.

Cats Hate Cops, a photocopied booklet by the group New York Year Zero. I was really happy to meet a couple of these folks at the New York Art Book Fair. All of their booklets are sharp, but this one - which compiles old newspaper entries on cats attacking police officers - is particularly enjoyable. More scans to follow.

Public Collectors Tumblr posts have been a bit erratic lately and it has been quite a while since I’ve updated the website. I’ve been hard at work on an intense and secret research project that you’ll hear more about later in the Fall. In the meantime, here’s a little reminder that Public Collectors also makes publications from time to time. You can get everything that’s in print from Half Letter Press. And since I’ll be filling your mail order, I’ll surely throw in some extra ephemera as well!

Public Collectors Tumblr posts have been a bit erratic lately and it has been quite a while since I’ve updated the website. I’ve been hard at work on an intense and secret research project that you’ll hear more about later in the Fall. In the meantime, here’s a little reminder that Public Collectors also makes publications from time to time. You can get everything that’s in print from Half Letter Press. And since I’ll be filling your mail order, I’ll surely throw in some extra ephemera as well!