Jenna Freedman on zines

“We were talking about community before, and I feel like zines are written for a peer readership. I didn’t make this connection until right now, but mainstream publishing, academic publishing, they’re all written for peer communities, but those peerages are small, or are hard clubs to join. Zines also say things in really accessible ways, they’re little bites. 

[Zines] are important because they’re extending the historical record to include people that don’t have access to it. What is it, “history is not just written by the victors,” it’s also written by the rich people, the educated people, the people who say what is in vogue at the moment. Zines say a lot of things that aren’t in vogue, or that you couldn’t get published [anywhere else].”

— Jenna Freedman (via)