Last week I got a free copy of Outpost. This is a well-written magazine for people who love a travelling adventure. People who would consider sharing a bathroom. People who perhaps hike. In other words â€” people not at all like me. I read it â€” it came to my house and it was free. But the sales pitch letter enclosed will have no effect.
I subscribe to House and Home, Metropolitan Home and Dwell. I don’t think any of their marketing folks are doing an Outpost cross-promotion.
Oh wait, I do subscribe to one other magazine. Brokenpencil â€” one of the only magazines around devoted to underground culture and the independent arts. Zines, baby! That has to be it.
I’ve been a reader since the start. Perhaps I should’ve stopped when Hal Niedzviecki stopped editing it. But hell, he’s still the fiction editor so I can’t be too old for it yet.
Besides zines are not just for the young. There is a rumour that Factsheet 5 is going to publish again. (Oh wait, gushing about its return may date me.)
As Fran Lebowitz said: “the great outdoors is what you see on your way from the apartment building to the taxi.”
Besides zines are read indoors. Brokenpencil, was it you that sent me this?