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November 2-8, Vol 40. No. 5
The Real Me

Carver may have retired Rollerderby years ago, but the will to publish has yet to perish. I found my new favorite zine/journal, Me, this summer, drawn to it by the dashing figure of ex-Black Dice drummer Hisham Bharoocha on the cover of the fourth issue. Within, you get both an in-depth look at the subject/guest editor, with photos and interviews of the cover boy or girl and his or her friends, which in the case of Bharoocha include fellow Rhode Island School of Designers and musicians like Lightning Bolt's Brian Chippendale, Barr (Brendan Fowler), Guillermo Scott Heron, Tyondai Braxton, and artists like Jim Drain, Ashley Macomber, and David Aron.

Former Index art director Claudia Wu, 29, says she started Me because current publications on the newsstand were driving her crazy. "It was kind of a reaction against all the other magazines out there," she says from her hometown, in Westchester County, NY. "I just wanted a magazine that was about a real thing and not products and not selling the latest trends or people. I also feel like from living in New York City you just kind of acquire acquaintances, but it's difficult to get to know someone on a deeper level." As for Bharoocha, she explains, "I hadn't heard his music, but I heard nice things about him from people." So what is it about this current urge to revisit zine culture at, say, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the impulse that Wu and others have to produce quality pulp in this blog-heavy age? "I wanted uncoated paper and bound binding to make it feel more personal, and the size is closer to a novel than an actual magazine," Wu says. "I just feel very attached to printing – I'm not ready to give up physical objects and move to the Web. I can't speak for kids in high school now, but for people in my peer group, we grew up in that strange bridge between print and digital media, which exploded while we grew up, so I think there's definitely a nostalgic feeling for real objects." --Kimberly Chun