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For many in the book world, the release of publisher Lee & Low’s first ever diversity in publishing survey in January 2016 offered no surprises. Publishing is overwhelmingly white (79 percent), straight (88 percent), able bodied (92 percent), and female (78 percent). In high school my friend Herbert would call these women, of whose ranks I am now a member, the white girl mafia. It was not a compliment. Unmeasured in the survey is class, but...
Print's not dead. Not yet, at least, if Brooklyn's thriving community of zine makers and small art book publishers is any indication. At events like the Bushwick Art Book and Zine Fair, organized by Blonde Art Books, local designers, writers, and artists devoted to the tactile and handmade hawk their DIY ephemera. Whether they're drawing illustrated satires of Bushwick or sex- and drug-filled comics about children's book author Margaret Wise Brown (Goodnight Moon), zine makers combat the aesthetic homogeneity of e-readers...
“Welcome to the official Kickstarter page for Greece!” This from a 2012 piece by John Flowers on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, the McSweeney’s humor site. “Greece is a small country in the south of Europe known for inventing democracy and western philosophy,” goes the fake Kickstarter “About This Project” section. “We wish to continue this good work… and so we come to you, our friends, for help.” The joke here—well there are several jokes here, including one...
The next time someone complains to you about fragile state of the publishing industry, tell them this: There's a magazine in Brooklyn that has been putting out 250 to 300 book reviews every month to an eager audience of subscribers, the kind of readers who, according to the publisher, "typically consume ten to forty books a month." For more than thirty years, RT Book Reviews, formerly Romantic Times, has been steadily taking stock of the vast world of...

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