GENEVA13 #12: 5 ½” x 8 ½”, $2.00, printed, 59 pgs.

This is probably the most inspirational zine that I’ve read in a long, long time. This issue focuses on “Foot Power,” and the social transformation that can take place on a local level. Many towns like Geneva are under attack by the invasion of big box stores—places that are homogeneous and boring, places that don’t rely on good customer service or a personal touch. These stores are also usually on the edge of towns, forcing their customer to drive, instead of using “foot power.” While Geneva13 isn’t specifically about big box stores, it does exemplify what is cool about local businesses. One essay highlights local eateries, while another focuses on sandals (they are more like what we call in Hawai’i, “slippers” than clunky sandals) that are made in Geneva. Two of the interviews are about a local bike shop and what makes their business so unique.  I really enjoyed this zine –there isn’t one page that wasn’t interesting or where I wasn’t muttering, “right-on” to myself while reading. –Steve Hart (Geneva13, PO Box 13, Geneva, NY, 14456)