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Fan Interference: The Best of Zisk Zine Release Event with Mike Faloon, Steve Reynolds and Jake Austen 7/19

Jul ’13
7:00 pm


Intending to cover baseball from a fan’s perspective, the first issue of Zisk was published in the summer of 1999 and is now published twice a season. Named for the former “South Side Hitman” Richie Zisk, the zine is for those who love the charm, history and quirks of America’s pastime. The publication is edited by New York-based writers Mike Faloon and Steve Reynolds and is touted as “the Baseball Magazine For People Who Hate Baseball Magazines.” FAN INTERFERENCE: A COLLECTION OF BASEBALL RANTS AND REFLECTIONS  (Blue Cubicle Press, 2013) is an anthology of the best musings culled from over 15 years of Zisk. Edited by MIKE FALOON (Go Metric, Egghead.) and STEVE REYNOLDS (Trouser Press, Party Like It’s 1999) and featuring contributions from academics to punk rockers, comedians to fans with an ax to grind, FAN INTERFERENCE examines the intersection of baseball, lifestyle and music — all colored with bit of nostalgia, a great deal of humor and, often, a tongue planted firmly in cheek.

In addition to Faloon and Reynolds, contributors to the anthology include JAKE AUSTEN (author, TV-A-Go-Go: Rock Music on Television from American Bandstand to American Idol), SEAN CARSWELL (college professor, co-founder of the independent music magazine Razorcake and the independent book publisher Gorsky Press), KEVIN CHANEL (Punk Rock Confidential), BRIAN COGAN (The Encyclopedia of Punk), DR. NANCY GOLDEN (writer; wildlife toxicologist), JOHN SHIFFERT (author, Base Ball in Philadelphia), TODD TAYLOR (founder and executive director of Razorcake/Gorsky Press Inc.), CHARLIE VASCELLARO (journalist, Washington Post, Chicago Sun Times, Los Angeles Times), ARI VOUKYDIS (comedian/writer, BuzzFeed, GQ, Grantland, etc) and REV NORB (musician; inventor of Sick Teen magazine, former writer for Maximum Rocknroll).


Anthology – Paperback

238 pages Print – $22.95

ISBN: 978-1-938583-04-9

“…For those who love baseball for its charm, history and eccentricities and not merely as something to play a fantasy league around. It’s for the true fans who populate the upper deck, not the party animals in the bleachers.” – Chicago Tribune

“Baseball is the most important thing in the world. It’s also completely meaningless in the grand scheme of life. These guys recognize that those two philosophies can co-exist in the human brain, which makes their writing a truly electric, and all too rare, jolt to the synapses.” – Variety

Fri, July 19th, 7pm

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Roctober 20th Anniversary Book/Magazine Release Party 3/30

Mar ’12
7:00 pm

WHEN:           Fri March 30, 2012, 7pm

Since 1992 Chicago’s own Roctober magazine has celebrated popular music at its most unpopular, exploring previously unexamined corners of music history to explore absurd, dynamic, and obscure musical heroes in passionate, heavily researched articles, exhaustive critical discographies and inane comics.

On March 30th, Roctober celebrates its 20th anniversary with a shindig at its favorite store, Quimby’s. Copies of the epic Roctober #50 will be available, as well as two recent books by Roctober contributors, Flying Saucers Rock n Roll: The Best of Roctober (Duke University Press) and Aaron Cohen’s Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace (Continuum), his entry into the popular 33 1/3 series of books on iconic records.

The event will include brief readings from both books, a Q&A about the history of Roctober, and Aretha/Roctober karaoke (including Chic-A-Go-Go host Ratso doing his tribute to Michael Jackson). Books will be available for purchase and signing by Cohen and Roctober editor Jake Austen, and Roctober#50 will be unveiled.

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