I’m loving this series of zines, Let it Be Beautiful, by Elizabeth Barker and Laura Jane Faulds.
This is my new Beatles zine! It’s a short story told from the perspective of a little girl who intensely loves and fears the Rolling Stones, the ocean, and her wild-haired/alcoholic 22-year-old uncle John. Kinda like Adventures in Babysitting crossed with a mid-’70s Bruce Springsteen album, co-starring a six-foot-tall stoner-fantasist named Sally. Excerpt:
"There were no windows in the living room, so the smoke hung around in wispy little clouds. I watched all the different ways they held their cigarettes and sucked in and exhaled, like how my uncle made his eyebrows furrowed and thoughtful when he drew the smoke in, or how he sometimes blew the smoke out through his nose like a bad dragon. When Sally exhaled, she tilted her head back and shot the smoke out like she was aiming for the sky. Her hair swept against the floor and part of me wished I could steal it off her and wear it on my own head. I wanted long hair so bad but I wasn’t allowed to have it yet - my mom said I had to wait till I was twelve."
$3 for a copy, or $5 when purchased with Laura Jane’s new zine, Savoy Truffle.
So this is “the dress Sally wears for the field trip to the cemetery” (in “Baby’s in Black,” aka the next Let It Be Beautiful zine I’m making).
a pineapple! for george and john
Also, here is an Emily mixtape for you.
I wanna start charging admission to an art event where I do stupid hippie dances in the dark to this song while making light shows with the glow of my iPod.