Rampant Media Consumption #7

February 20, 2015 — by Microcosm

Here's what we've been reading, watching, listening to, and playing this week. abner-jay


A friend of mine recently sold off all his records in an attempt to make some cash/lighten his load while moving. His loss is my gain. But of the few I bought, the one that has stuck out is Abner Jay. He was a one man band in his 50s, with a strange six string banjo, harmonica, percussion made with animal bones, and what ever else tickled his fancy. Sound-wise, he's like the second generation of country blues meets Daniel Johnston, fueled by amphetamines. I usually dread the "this band on this drug" cliche in music writing, but it's hard to avoid when he's yelling at you about cocaine. 

And if you found your way to this blog, you probably know all about it, but I'm currently on letter "N" of Aaron Cometbus' A Bestiary of Booksellers. Each letter focuses on a different character in Aaron's life as a folding-table bookseller on the streets of NYC. A surprisingly interesting underworld of beardo book hunters and curmudgeonly characters.

I also watched the documentary Florida Man. Less a narrative and more a 45 minute portrait of the characters found wandering the streets and beaches of southern Florida. In the end, I actually ended up feeling a little jealous. Warm weather, a clunky bike, and a cold beer sounds pretty good right now...


This week the Champions League UEFA Champions League – began again, so I've been watching some soccer matches. For folks excited about European soccer, the Champions League title is like winning the Super Bowl, World Series, and the Stanley Cup all in one. 

I haven't got much reading done; there were some Hemingway short stories, but I get bored and just wait for the punchlines. Although, The Snows of Kilimanjaro has a man suffering from gangrene, and somehow I find that fascinating... perhaps for the same reasons I keep a copy of A Journal of the Plague Year on my bedside table. 

I think I was swallowed by a slew of Hall and Oates videos... I can't get enough of their use of fog and mesmerizing head-bobbing. 


read // Afro Vegan by Bryant Terry, started Yo Miss!ManspressionsWomen by Bukowski 

listened to // Giraffage's "No Reason", True Widow's Self Titled, Joey Bada$$'s "1999", Spazzkid's "Desire 願う", MIMM's compilation of "From China With Love", and A Tribe Called Quest's "The Low End Theory

watched // X-Files season 2 and The Other Woman (one of the best rom-coms in my opinion, though I shamefully watched)

played // not enough basketball or Twister


listened to- Jessica Pratt (self titled album)

read- The Art of the Novel by Milan Kundera and Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert 


This week's Powell book reading was a fictional tale, but still resonated with me in terms of themes and subject matter! Binary Star discusses body image issues like anorexia and the impact of veganarchism all in one terrific coming of age story we could all relate to, but most importantly find subtle references to lots of the issues we attempt to address with most of our titles at Microcosm Publishing!


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Rampant Media Consumption #6

February 13, 2015 — by Microcosm

Here's what's been rocking our small worlds this week!

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Now Kickstarting: The punk lore of Crate Digger!

February 11, 2015 — by Elly

We're Kickstarting again! This time the project is Crate Digger: An Obsession With Punk Records. The book is Bob Suren's epic saga of punk culture and music in Florida and beyond. He goes as far as Texas, Costa Rica, and Brazil on tour with Failure Face and other bands. While at home in the Tampa area he ran iconic record shop Sound Idea and also Burrito Records, always staying a step ahead of the music industry. His story is told through the records he collected—and eventually sold all at once, when it all fell apart.

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Self-Promotion for Introverts: What We Do

February 10, 2015 — by Elly

All our authors ask at some point “how can I promote my book?” This is the first of a series of posts that outlines how Microcosm promotes books, what authors can do, and some tips for tying your book in with your other work, past and future. These posts are written for Microcosm's authors and artists, and are geared towards our processes, but they should still be useful for anyone who is figuring out how to promote any book, whether you're publishing it yourself or have a contract with a major house. The first post is our side of the bargain.

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Things are Meaning More—catching up with Al Burian

February 09, 2015 — by Elly Blue

1. Hi Al! What are you up to these days? Where in the world are you and what's it like there today? My last publication for Microcosm (Burn Collector #15) was about moving to Berlin, Germany, and in fact I’m still living there, even still living in the same apartment. But today I am not at home for a change; I am in Hamburg, a few hours away. I’m at a band practice in a basement room, filled with musical equipment, like so many similar rooms around the world: familiar, non-exotic territory. Outside, the day is a drizzling, oppressive dark grey. I imagine it is comparable to winter weather in Portland, OR.

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Rampant Media Consumption #5

February 06, 2015 — by Microcosm

Here's what we uploaded to our brains this week:

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Rampant Media Consumption #4

January 30, 2015 — by Microcosm

Here's how we're rolling with reality this week.

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The Business of Publishing

January 28, 2015 — by Elly

One of our most frequently asked questions here at Microcosm is something along the lines of: How does publishing work anymore? make a zine! We have a few ways of answering that.

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Rampant Media Consumption #3

January 23, 2015 — by Microcosm

Here's how we're allocating our attention spans this week:

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Bike stuff for bike shops!

January 21, 2015 — by Elly Blue

Hello, bike shops! The bicycle transportation revolution is happening, bigtime! More people than ever are getting on bikes for fun, community, and transportation—and we've got stuff that they are really, really stoked about.

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