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NEW OLD TRADITIONS IN THE CLASSROOM
3rd Ward, Brooklyn, NY

DIY Publishing: ‘Zine Making, Saturdays July 17, 24, 31, 2:30pm – 5:30pm
By the end of the course students will have collected material for, laid out, printed, bound, and photocopied a completed ‘zine to either keep for themselves, or distribute guerilla style to the masses. To that end we will learn about the history of ‘zine publishing, the varying ideological currents that use them, and why a person might choose to make a ‘zine over a high-gloss journal or online blog. We will look at a wide variety of examples of DIY printing including poetry chapbooks, political tracts, punk fanzines, and religious propaganda. Students will learn the art of cut-and-paste, as well as ways to generate text and imagery. We will also look at different folding and binding techniques, including a simple Japanese stitch, as well as how to make a press for drilling holes into chapbooks for sewn bindings.

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NEW OLD TRADITIONS IN THE CLASSROOM:3rd Ward, Brooklyn, NY

Start a New Religion, Mondays June 28, July 5, 12, 19, 7:00pm – 10:00pm
In this class students will each write, design, and craft a new spiritual path (as far out or traditional as desired), to be summed up and presented at the end of the course through presentations, handouts, and booklets. Over the four weeks students will create hymns that can be used to exalt their beatitudes, define the tenets of their path so others will know what it’s all about, produce propaganda in order to call the willing to the Light, as well as explore the role of (read: draw/mold/create) deities in their new spiritual path. Using published examples from occult, as well as mainstream traditions we will look for inspiration from a variety of unusual sources. Students will be expected to play with what it means to even “be religious,” and should be prepared and willing to engage in a variety of mediums, including text, song, and iconography. Some experience with making ‘zines or other DIY publications a plus, but not required.

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DIY Publishing: ‘Zine Making, Saturdays July 17, 24, 31, 2:30pm – 5:30pm
By the end of the course students will have collected material for, laid out, printed, bound, and photocopied a completed ‘zine to either keep for themselves, or distribute guerilla style to the masses. To that end we will learn about the history of ‘zine publishing, the varying ideological currents that use them, and why a person might choose to make a ‘zine over a high-gloss journal or online blog. We will look at a wide variety of examples of DIY printing including poetry chapbooks, political tracts, punk fanzines, and religious propaganda. Students will learn the art of cut-and-paste, as well as ways to generate text and imagery. We will also look at different folding and binding techniques, including a simple Japanese stitch, as well as how to make a press for drilling holes into chapbooks for sewn bindings.

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On Saturday I had the pleasure of attending this year’s Anarchist Book Fair in NYC in search of other mystically-inspired anti-State kin. Highlights included meeting Anarchy magazine’s former editor Aragorn! for the first time, whose article “Anarchy Without Roadmaps or Adjectives” has always had a home in my heart. (Check out the works of Errico Malatesta for earlier takes on a similar subject). I also got to meet some of the people behind Strangers in a Tangled Wilderness, which is, in part, an anarchist ‘zine publishing collective hovering around steampunk aesthetics, traveling, and the occult. What a treat to finally have meaningful conversations with people comfortable talking about anarcho-mysticism and “as above, so below!”

In the end, I ended up taking home a ton of free stuff, spent more than I should have on a couple of books, and made a few new contacts. My hope, now, is that next year in 2011 we’ll be able to set up an N.O.T. table of our own.

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