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As ever, the next issue of THE ZINE IS DEAD is in the works; submit your reviews, articles, photos etc for ISSUE 7!!
A zine inspired by Sylvia Plath
Every now and then, that screencap of Annie Hall appears on my dash where Woody Allen’s character describes Sylvia Plath as the “interesting poetess whose tragic suicide was misinterpreted as romantic by the college-girl mentality”.
I ranted about this on twitter yesterday (like here and here) but it also inspired me to start working on this zine. This introductory post is essentially an expanded version of the thoughts I shared on twitter.
First of all, fuck Woody Allen. To briefly mimic him: the well-known creep whose abusive behaviour is defended by the pretentious college boy mentality. To be honest, I don’t give a shit what Woody Allen, or really any boys, think about Sylvia Plath. Or what they think about teenage girls admiring her. ("Out of the ash I rise with my red hair and I eat men like air.”) How come the authors and poets teen girls like are mocked, but the idols of teen boys (Salinger, Kerouac, etc) aren’t? Oh wait, we all know why.
Secondly, what exactly is the “college girl mentality”? Oh right, it’s the fact that a lot of teenage girls relate to Sylvia Plath and engage with her work. I think there are definitely misinterpretations of Plath, but instead of pinning it on girls, I think it’s from people who reduce her entire legacy to her suicide.
It’s also ridiculous to be dismissive of teenage girls admiring Plath because it completely glosses over the fact that a lot of Plath’s life and writing was influenced by the male-dominated society she lived in.
For instance, Buddy Willard in The Bell Jar is a figure who constantly belittles Esther Greenwood, trivialising her feelings and her work. Saying girls are “romanticising” Plath (and implying her suicide is the only reason girls are interested in her work) is regurgitating the same idea that what women think and feel is unimportant and insignificant.
When I read her work, I feel understood. 50 years after her death, her writing speaks to the issues girls still deal with: misogynistic attitudes that constantly want to tear them down, issues with mental illness, trying to discover their identities and work out which path they want to take.
To sum up the questions that are driving this project:
- What is the college-girl mentality?
- Why do girls still identify with Plath?
Regarding the latter point, I’m particularly interested in exploring the following areas:
- Facing sexism
- Writing poetry
- Dealing with mental health issues
- Studying literature, especially attitudes towards the male authors who are seen as the “classical greats”
- Attending university (in particular, women’s colleges, such as Smith and Newnham College, Cambridge)
- Issues of identity - Plath was a white, middle-class, American woman, how do other groups of women identity with her work (if they do at all)?
You don’t have to necessarily be studying English Literature or know every single one of her poems by heart (though if you do, that’s certainly an interesting perspective and I’d love to hear from you!) - rather, I’m interested in the personal experiences that girls have had reading Plath’s work and the impact it’s had on their lives!
I am welcoming submissions that cover one of the above points, several of them, or something else entirely that’s inspired by Sylvia Plath and the discussion of the “college-girl mentality”. For instance, I’m going to write something about mental health and sexism as a student at a women’s college in Cambridge.
Responses from essays, poems, illustration, photography, etc, are all welcome! I’m aiming to include as many appropriate submissions as I can and if you have an idea that you’re not sure of, you can ask me about it here! Also get in touch if you feel super passionate and inspired by this, because I have a lot of grand ideas and I could use more people being involved in this.
You can use your own name or a pseudonym, and include your tumblr/twitter/other website if you’d like too. You can submit through tumblr or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m definitely going to have this zine available online for free and depending on interest, I’d like to produce a printed version as well.
Fractura Fanzine is finally OUT!
Read our first issue HERE and if you like it, share it and give us feedback!
It includes an interview with photographer Dave Ma, London band Love Stays Alive and Mexican band Sonido Gallo Negro, plus a couple of reviews of Wild Beasts in Moscow!
And you can listen the playlist we made for you over HERE
I spent months doing this so give it a chance a read it, some lovely friends helped me with it!
The new issue of The Zine Is Dead is out today, I’ve got a live review (words and photos) of The War On Drugs. Other than my little piece there is a load of great music writing. Click here to read it.
Go read it!
My name is Joey Sinko and I grew up skateboarding. I started making skate videos at age 14. I hate labels. I like to shoot, edit, act, write, direct, whatever, it’s all good as long I’m working with cool people. I enjoy the process of filmmaking. Anything! Short films, music videos, whatever! I do it under my mom and pop production company Broken TV Pictures. When I’m not doing that, I enjoy drinking coffee, watching Columbo, and doing nothing.
IT’S HERE! ISSUE 6 OF THE ZINE IS DEAD!! Featuring interviews with UK Shoegaze band Gum, director Joey Sinko of Broken TV Pictures, Mechachief, gigs from POND, Peace, Parquet Courts, DROWNERS, and a feature on the latest releases from newly formed label, Spinning Top Music with GUM, Shiny Joe Ryan and Mink Mussel Creek!
Thank you to all those who contributed (Matt, Nadia, Cece, Clara, and Sam, you guys are awesome!)
READ IT HERE —> http://issuu.com/znbhssn/docs/tzid_issue_6
And don’t forget to share it with everyone!
My expectations for Drowners self-titled debut album were fairly high. I had no idea how quickly they’d be surpassed upon pressing play. If you’re searching for lustrous lyrics, splashy guitar, full bass and drums, then this is the album you need. I rarely fall so quickly for an record like I have for this one. There’s simply nothing I dislike; every song works together, perfectly orchestrated. They’re all to the point, nothing more and nothing less. While listening, you want each track to last forever, yet at the end it feels just right. Some are sweet and some are bitter, and yet there is everything in between. And lyrically, this album is truly something to covet.
Only in recent months have I realized how much lyrics can truly transform a song from just good, to great. Keeping that in mind, I was able to fully appreciate Drowners record for what it is. Listening to or even simply reading Matthew Hitt’s lyrics is like watching a thoughtful and tender story come to life; they’re incredibly novelistic, and that’s what I love most. Some of my favorites include “I feel the sweet caress/of a familiar lower lip that’s dancing on my neck” (Let Me Finish). “I’m gonna hang around/long enough to be part of the furniture” (Unzip Your Harrington). “Rip me up and bully me in jest/about the afternoons you used by sleeping on my chest” (Luv, Hold Me Down). Hitt is tirelessly unfolding a tale in each tune that can either make your heart deflate or swell with adoration. Hell, even the songs that domake your heart ache somehow manage to turn you into that little heart-in-eyes emoji. Not only are the lyrics impeccable on this album, but the musical aspects of it are as well. The tracks are punchy and catchy which marinates well with what Hitt has to say. Everything seems so tongue in cheek, yet flirty, intentional, and smart.
I want you to imagine your first crush. Remember the butterflies dancing about your stomach in curiosity and infatuation. It’s that beautiful, gentile, and brilliant sting that sticks to your gut at the mere thought of this other person. That is the exact personification of this record.
With the combination of lyrics that sweep you away and music that gets you ready to terrorize the town, Drowners have absolutely nailed it. Matt Hitt, Lakis Pavlou, Jack Ridley and Erik Snyder have created a work that is completely accessible but still so personal. There’s no doubting the authenticity of this record because it is so distinctly Drowners. Get ready to dance around your apartment Risky Business style because there’s no getting around it with this completely infectious album.
We’re always looking for people to review things/write for THE ZINE IS DEAD, send us an email if you’d like to give us a hand with ISSUE 6!