After getting a crash course in the world of zines, I ended up delving deeper and sent away for a few of my own. As an e-book developer and someone who made the switch to mostly digital reading a few years back, I forgot how great it feels to actually get something in the mail.
I got a whole package of zines, handpicked by The Sticky Institute and complete with a personalized postcard. One of my first zines was a July 2012 edition of YOU , a highly recommended anonymous zine from Australia.
The letter was very personal, and by the end I felt like I had made a connection with the zinester. I now know that he loves the song “50 Year Old Man” and that he once stole a board-room table. He’s also not afraid to be open and vulnerable, and someday I hope we can meet in person and have our own conversations about his life at age 21.