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Richard Hell: Confessions of a Book Collector


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I went up to the New York Antiquarian Book Fair the other week. I’ve collected books since I was a teenager. When I was a little boy I collected birds’ nests. There’s something about collecting that’s connected to childhood — amazement at the world, maybe, generating a desire to possess it…in acts of undercover self-definition. It’s the classic need to own “pure” beauty and so be reflected there, subtly sabotaged by the realization that nothing is owned that isn’t internal. One does want one’s books to love oneself only, but they never do; they’re available to all.

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60 years of fanzines: The original social media | The Memo


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Self-published zines first came to the fore in the 1950s, and still thrive in many subcultures today. Even before social media as we know it, people have long felt a need to find groups, share thoughts, ideas and humour, and between early sci-fi zines and the Punk, Riot Grrrl and Pop movements, they offer eye-opening snapshots of the past 60 years. […]

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