I wanna live in a cake house. We had a rough “move-in” day today… within the first hour of being in our new space in Philly, fran’s car almost got broken into & the guy almost tried to fight him, and my car window got smashed. Currently in New Jersey re-assessing our living situation, prioritizing comfort, staying positive
I went to the Boston Zine fest this past weekend and got seriously educated on how to write/ present zines in a way that celebrates them as an art form rather than books’ ugly kid brother. Discovered some new favorites, like Kerri Radley’s “Deafula” & Ponyboy Violet’s ANAlog.
While being continuously amazed by my fellow zinesters’ work, I was simultaneously insecure about my own zines, recognizing them as what they were: my drafty first-attempts at zinemaking. It was hard to feel complacent with my own work when I was surrounded by people with fully-realized zines that they’d taken years to produce. I was a little hard on myself, but it felt good to be kept on my toes, and to want to be better.
What I mean is, I’m excited to get to work! The last two months have been the craziest of my life and I’ve got zine-fodder for days. Look out for issue #1 of “Katie Cake” in a couple months, a picture of which, next to a paypal “Pay Now!” button, will be coming to a web-browser near you.
My heart feels sore from how happy I’ve been the past few days, and it’s such a good change of pace. It was so nice to be surrounded by such positive, supportive, and creative/vibrant/exciting/generally awesome people; the vibe of the fest could not have been more perfect. I feel like I really worked hard for this and when the weekend finally came and everyone was responding so well to everything and thanking me and telling me how important it all was I just felt so proud of myself, and excited, and grateful. It was a big weekend in so many ways and some of them just feel too good to share or say out loud. All I can say is that 2014 has definitely been the year of take all that is yours and make shit happen.
oct 23 in pittsburgh oct 28 at SUNY Purchase oct 30 at lava space in philly with radiator hospital, allison crutchfield, cuberbully mom club, girlpool & kississippi nov 2 at shea stadium in brooklyn with QUARTERBACKS, stephin steinbrink & alice
I had to wait a month to get these pictures from our august tour developed because CVS’s photo machine was down, but now that there’s been some time between when these photos were taken and now, I get to do some good remembering & reflecting.
Anonymous said: hey katie, 2 questions: how long after starting to learn how to play guitar did you start writing songs? also, what are some of your favorite books?
1. Pretty much immediately, although the process was obviously frustrating because I couldn’t make the songs sound quite like I wanted them to/ could barely play them! I also wasn’t sure how I wanted to record them, and that deterred motivation to write songs for a couple months, until I bought the most basic/ least expensive analog 4 track I could find, the tascam mf-p01
2. Books- yes. “Self Help” by Lorrie Moore, “The Moon Is Always Female” by Marge Piercy, the “Doris” anthologies by Cindy Crabb, “Love is A Mixtape” by Rob Sheffield, Anais Nin’s diaries, “Ghost Pine” by Jeff Miller, “Fun Home” by Alison Bechdel, “The Collected Stories” by Amy Hempel, anything by Anne Beattie or Lydia Davis or Diane di Prima or Sheila Heti. and “Bed” by Tao Lin