“Koogmo takes me back to that last, most random, occasionally troubling kind of zine; a zine that is like stumbling over a letter youâ€™re not supposed to see or intercepting a recording that is disturbing out of context. Thrill-seekers should order and weirdos should contribute.”
Read more here: http://www.brokenpencil.com/news/zine-review-koogmo-9
The fine folks at Broken Pencil have reviewed Koogmo #6. (Thanks, Joshua!)
“Contributors include prisoners in Utah, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Texas, plus one excellent article by a woman not in prison (identified only by her Twitter handle: @lolotehe) on the misery of working only one day at a 7-11.
“The inmates’ contributions range from intense to uncomfortable, the latter exemplified by one man’s tale of glimpsing a ‘glamorous beauty’ – another prisoner’s visitor — during a visitation with his mom and then masturbating later in the shower. Much more intriguing are the pieces by Coyote Sheff that explode with righteous indignation. Sheff lists an affiliation with the Anarchist Black Cross, and seethes over institutional oppression and the injustice of being confined to solitary for having ‘too much influence over the other prisoners.’ These pieces come pasted in stark contrast alongside women’s magazine clippings: department store fashions posed on the beach, Suze Orman, and so on.”
(Read more here.)
Which reminds me….I really need to get working on #8 and get that out the door. Been sitting on it for too long….
Koogmo #3 got a nice, candid write-up from Broken Pencil’s Cam Gordon:
Abelaye writes in an honest, pretense-free manner that captures a universal ennui in addition to his own thoughts, hopes and dreams. Voyeuristic in scope and scale, Koogmo is a good read for those looking for a random slice-of-life from a life that you didn’t know existed. It’s a micro-focused zine that relies on self-examination in a big, big way and never aims to be something it isn’t.
Also: Another thumbs-down for the stapled-in-the-upper-lefthand-corner format. Apologies to the aesthetes and zine purists out there, but I think I’ll be sticking with this format for the time being. It’s just easier and more efficient doing things this way. (I wonder if people would still cry foul if I started calling it a newsletter instead of a zine?)
Anyway….read the rest of Cam’s review here.