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WILLFUL OBSCURANTISM, the elevation of the banal, and the ironic appreciation of trash culture are guiding principles of most ’zines. ’Zine pioneer Candi Strecker, ruminating on her own fascination with beer-can hats, eloquently identified this tendency in her Sidney Suppey’s Quarterly & Confused Pet Monthly all the way back in 1982. “Something has made our vision of the world go a bit askew,” she writes, “and instead of accepting the satisfactions that derive from being players in our society, we create our own amusement by examining the output of that society.” The average ’zine editor and reader, she says, is a “Self-Amusing Personality.”

SAPs experience modern life with a sense of “amused horror,” and desperately seek out other SAPs with whom to share their wry observations on consumer culture. These “culture artists,” as she calls them, populate and perpetuate the ’zine underground to

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