Microcosm Blogifesto Independent book and zine publisher based in Portland, Oregon focusing on diy, self empowerment, gender, punk, bicycling, and hidden history. http://microcosmpublishing.com/ PHP/5.4.45 webmaster@microcosmpublishing.com Rampant Media Consumption - September and October 2015 <p>Input inspires output! Here's what we've been taking in this month </p> Wed, 4 Nov 2015 11:12:39 PST http://microcosmpublishing.com/blogifesto/2015/11/rampant-media-consumption-september-and-october-2015 Love Letters to Cities: An interview with Alexander Barrett <p>Alexander Barrett had only lived in our city for a year when he wrote and illustrated one of our most charming books, This is Portland: The City You've Heard You Should Like, telling the real story of just how weird things are here...much weirder than as shown on the television show Portlandia, thank you very much. Later, he moved to China for a short time, and the result is the just-as-charming book about a very different place: This is Shanghai: What it's Like to Live in the World's Most Populous City (which, by the way, comes out this month!). He took a minute to answer some questions about his work and plans and where he's at right now in San Francisco. Readers of This is Shanghai will recognize one important theme from that book which has stayed with him. </p> Tue, 3 Nov 2015 10:46:32 PST http://microcosmpublishing.com/blogifesto/2015/11/an-interview-with-alexander-barrett Now Kickstarting: Feminist steampunk bike racing action! <p>Today we launched a Kickstarter project for our second science fiction book: The Velocipede Races is Emily June Street's steampunky YA tale of a young woman's liberation, a comedy of manners combined with edge-of-your seat racing scenes.</p> <p>It's an exciting, page-turning read. Cherie Priest, New York Times Bestselling author of Boneshaker, says that it's "Tense, thoughtful, and truly thrilling; The Velocipede Races is a marvelous fantasy of manners and machinery." We hope you like it as much as we do: To learn more, check out the video below, and please consider backing the project before it ends on November 28th. </p> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 13:40:35 PST http://microcosmpublishing.com/blogifesto/2015/10/now-kickstarting-feminist-steampunk-bike-racing-action Call for Submissions: Journal of Bicycle Feminism on Money and Class <p>How does bicycling fit into your personal economy? Your social standing? How do your choices when it comes to bicycling relate to your income, and how do they relate to your attitudes towards money? Did your bike cost a lot or a little, and how do you feel about that? Have you done economic research or reporting on bicycle issues? What are your observations about the costs and benefits of cycling? </p> <p>The first volume of the Journal of Bicycle Feminism, Cycletherapy, was about feelings: joy, grief, and healing. The second volume is about money, status, and wealth, whatever those topics mean to you. </p> <p>A wide variety of submissions are sought. Personal narratives, essays, and reporting will be the bulk of the volume—lengths between 1,000 and 3,000 words are ideal, but if a piece needs more words we can talk. Illustrations and photographs are sought as well. I'd like to include one piece of fiction, and one very short (around 500 words) and funny piece for the end of the book.</p> <p>The submission deadline is February 1, 2016. Email questions, queries, or submissions to elly at microcosmpublishing dot com. </p> Tue, 20 Oct 2015 11:07:00 PST http://microcosmpublishing.com/blogifesto/2015/10/call-for-submissions-journal-of-bicycle-feminism-on-money-and-class Call for Ideas: What Should Microcosm Make Next? <p>What new things should Microcosm make? What patch does your backpack need? What sticker does your bike lack? If we use your idea or design, we'll pay you royalties and send you free stuff! </p> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 11:18:40 PST http://microcosmpublishing.com/blogifesto/2015/10/call-for-ideas-what-should-microcosm-make-next America's #1 Bike Cartoonist: An interview with Bikeyface <p>I'm not really sure how much has changed for women in bicycling industry—or if I've changed more? I struggled a lot in the beginning and had many awkward interactions in bike shops. I couldn't tell if it was lack of knowledge about bikes, having limited bike experience, or being a woman. I was definitely aware I didn't know anything about bikes but I also didn't know much about gender issues in cycling aside from the "girl" bikes always having flowers on them (yuck.) I wouldn't have called myself a feminist then, either. But somewhere along the way as I got more experience with biking it brought me to feminism. I notice much more of the nonsense than I did before so in some ways it seems worse. I think there is a heightened awareness overall and desire to call the industry out on it. I've also seen two women-owned bike shops open in my neighborhood, so that is a measure of progress (and luxury). I'd like to see more women-friendly bike shops around the country as well as more robust product lines that appeal to women. </p> Thu, 24 Sep 2015 13:53:05 PST http://microcosmpublishing.com/blogifesto/2015/09/americas-1-bike-cartoonist-an-interview-with-bikeyface Announcing the Make Your Own Superpack Contest! <p>Maybe you've already been browsing our growing collection of book deals in the form of our superpacks—combinations of books that we think go together like chocolate and peanut butter and that we are excited to ship to you for a pretty decent discount.</p> <p>But perhaps in browsing through our superpack selection, you haven't found exactly the combination that you've been looking for. Or perhaps you've been dreaming about a bunch of our books you want to order... but you're feeling a little squeamish about dropping all that cash. Or maybe, like us, you just love playing with books and doing math. </p> <p>Well, we've got an invitation for you: Create your dream Superpack! </p> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 14:48:43 PST http://microcosmpublishing.com/blogifesto/2015/09/announcing-the-make-your-own-superpack-contest Rampant Media Consumption - August, 2015 <p>Elly: I have never had the first clue about anything music-related, and reading Daniel Levitin's This is Your Brain on Music is blowing my mind. It's like eating something really delicious while watching fireworks. Or that moment when you're learning to do something new, like speaking a language, and you suddenly get it on a whole new level. </p> <p>Oliver Sacks wrote a cover blurb for the book, which reminded me of the similarly revelatory impact of his writing. And then I learned that he died last week. Someone posted his long essay, "The Bull on the Mountain," on This.cm and I stayed up late reading it and thinking about brains, and death, and music, and the sort of things that only happen when you're walking alone. </p> Tue, 1 Sep 2015 12:52:05 PST http://microcosmpublishing.com/blogifesto/2015/09/rampant-media-consumption-august-2015 Slip of the Tongue <p>Underlying the entire work is Haegele’s love of language. It radiates from each page, seeping into every story told—whether articulating the peculiar history of graffiti in Philadelphia or expressing the sharp pang she feels at the glimpse of her father’s coffee mug that reads “Pizzazz,” the single surviving relic of him following his death. I really enjoyed her various observations on language because, despite her reverence for it, she is never precious about it. Haegele isn’t as concerned with preserving language as she is with observing the ways it has transformed. Old ways of communicating aren’t necessarily superior to current forms. She doesn’t mind the formation of so-called ungraceful words like “chocoholic” or the decline of cursive. Language isn’t stagnate, it effortlessly morphs and changes with time. But for Haegele, this malleability makes language all the more important. Words are arbitrary—they’re random sounds we’ve assigned specific meaning to—yet, significantly, they’re formed out of an essential human need to communicate. I love this idea, that language could be haphazardly formed while at the same time shaped for a distinctly human purpose. </p> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 10:40:00 PST http://microcosmpublishing.com/blogifesto/2015/08/slip-of-the-tongue Rampant Media Consumption - July 2015 <p>Our Rampant Media Consumption for July, 2015. Here's what Microcosm workers watched, listened to, read, and otherwise took in over the last month. </p> Sun, 9 Aug 2015 14:46:25 PST http://microcosmpublishing.com/blogifesto/2015/08/rampant-media-consumption-july-2015