GENEVA13 #20: $2, 8 ½” x 5 ½”, copied, 59 pgs.

Jun 13, 2014

Geneva13 is explained as “a love story to this town of ours,“ but another way to put it would be to say that it’s a fanzine to the college town of Geneva, population about 13,000, on the Finger Lakes in New York State. (In the course of the zine, it becomes clear that the town is small, but not so small that everyone knows each other.) Through a series of in-depth conversational interviews with townspeople, you learn history of the town from many perspectives: one postal employee interviews another about the pros and cons (ninety-nine percent pros) of working at the burg’s post office; the guy who’s run the upholstery shop for almost thirty years gives back story of the building his shop is in (and how he came to own it) as well as his own life going all the way back to his youth in Puerto Rico. Is any of this interesting? Hell yes! As sappy as it sounds, every person has their own story and to follow it as it slowly unravels is fascinating. I can’t imagine how amazing it would be to live in this town and read Geneva13, to finally know what’s up with the people you see in town every day, to have a million conversation starters so you can actually talk to them. What an amazing community-building tool! I am now a fan of Geneva. –Bianca Barragan (Geneva13 Press, PO Box 13, Geneva, NY 14456, [email protected])