GENEVA13 #16: $3 (?),5 ½” x 8 ½”, copied, 60 pgs.

Mar 23, 2012

Geneva13, is an unequivocal example of the potential of zines. It’s smart, warm, community-minded, democratic, well laid out, and each issue I learn several things. Coverage is all within a thirteen mile radius of the upstate New York town, Geneva. This issue explores the idea of creative re-use. A gamut is covered, from the joys of thrifting, (High fashion I don’t get. Dressing up for pennies on the dollar is a go), to auto pick-a-parts, to music instruments made from discards. G13 are kindred spirits to Razorcake in the fact that they relish in long-format interviews (where the power of zines can really flex their muscle). The two longies in this issue are with Bob Gusciora of the New York Steam Engine Association and Brandon and Amy Phillips, owners of Miles and May Furniture Works. The interviews are engaged, detailed, and full of real people preserving a way of life they value and that others have deemed obsolete. When’s the last time you got an honest answer from someone whose job depends on the sale of furniture say: “If you really want to be green, keep your old shit. If environmental consciousness is that important, don’t consume.” What’s not to like? –Todd (PO Box 13, Geneva, NY 14556,