Re: RARA-AVIS: Paperback Parade - A Defence

From: ksm (
Date: 19 Mar 2002

rene wrote:

> It's a bit late but I just thought I'd say (quite) a few words in
> defence of Paperback Parade:
> Firstly, as the name suggests, it is a magazine devoted to collecting
> paperbacks & hence it is not a literary magazine as such.There is a big
> emphasis on paperback covers & cover art & paperbacks as collectable
> items.

-exactly what attracted me to it in the first place.

> The second issue is the amateurishness of the production values. I must
> admit, I come from a generation when that sort of thing was considered a
> virtue - you don't know how to play music? Just get a guitar, mike,
> whatever & go for it, learn in public.Hand produce your own fanzines,
> etc.So, basically it hadn't occurred to me that it would be an issue
> with some (most, probably) people.

-couldn't agree more. i've read a few issues in the '30's i believe (it was a few years back) and really enjoyed them, enough to order the latest one (# 48 at that time) which i enjoyed thoroughly. having read so many hand-produced zines over the years, PP seems like a fairly nice looking, eminently readable, and certainly passionate, mostly one-man affair. always something interesting in there.

> The last issue was price. Yes, they are expensive but this is a very
> small operation & I doubt they could survive if they were a lot cheaper.
> I don't profess to know the economics of the situation but common sense
> dictates that a small publisher has to charge more. > Anyhow, it's a shame
people were disappointed with "Paperback Parade".

-yep, it's well worth the occasional splurge, despite all those typos (ye godz).

> personally love all sleazy vintage paperbacks, good girl art & similar
> trash & I'd buy all these mags if I had the money but that's just me. >

-no, that's me too, & a couple friends of mine as well.


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