by Sarah Rose
From the author of our favorite new memoir, Everybody Else's Girl, comes a sweet little $1 zine collecting self-care tips. Sarah Rose's Better Days: Stuff that helps with all this anxiety is about things that have ...
20 pages, 1/4 size, illustrated
$1.00Add to Cart
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In 282 pages of bike touring across the country, Matt's perpetual optimism and scrappy ingenuity seep through every exploit of dumpster-diving, train-hopping, overnight-squatting, fence-jumping, good-natured fun. With little more than a bike to take him places, Matt's Next Stop Adventure goes so far as to redefine adventure.
goes so far as to redefine adventure.
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APRIL 2014 PIONEERS PRESS NEWSLETTER!
Here's our April 2014 newsletter! Features an announcement about our next published title, news on Adam's indiegogo to re-print The DIY Guide to Fighting the Big Sad, farm photos, zine news, a t-shirt sale, and so much more!
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NOW A POCKET-SIZED BOOK! This book is Gnade's self-described "anti-depression guide/guide to a freer, more lawless life." Gnade's pamphlet looks at the root causes of sadness, anxiety, and general malaise/boredom and offers helpful point-by-point suggestions (in list form) and short essay pep-talks on how to move beyond your demons for a better, smarter, happier life. Like a letter from a trusted friend in the trenches, The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin' Sad will work with you through all phases of your life, thick and thin.
Adam Gnade's second novel, Caveworld, is a howl of desperation as its characters fight to find love and meaning in a society with which they feel out of step. Richly encyclopedic and set in the twin border towns of Tijuana and San Diego, the book tells two love stories separated by a gulf of twenty years. Caveworld is made up of the various events (both subtle and seismic) that change lives in an instant.
Subtitled "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," this issue of the zine looks at love and failure, of dreams crashed and cars wrapped around trees. Spanning the course of a few years, the stories in this issue are a beautifully-written hard read, a tangled-up, thorny walk through contemporary back-to-the-land life. We see the characters looking for a better, smarter life out in the country but having a rough go of it. Things fall apart, change comes swinging, but amongst all the devastating moments, there is hope and fighting spirit and a desire to rise. Life isn't always easy but that doesn't mean it's not worth fighting for ...
What a Beautiful Face is a brand-new fanzine dedicated to one of thee most fantastic bands on the planet, Neutral Milk Hotel. Between these lovely/lovingly hand-drawn/colored covers, you'll find longer essay writing by Katie Johnson and Death in a Rifle Garden author Rich Baiocco, "fan fiction" by Adam Gnade, photography by Megan McIsaac, and a series of shorter live show reviews and small features by various authors from all over the world. This richly illustrated ode to all-things Jeff Mangum and co. is an ecstatic, wild-eyed lovenote to a band that has made a whole lotta people feel less alone.
Reggie Martinez's Think Tank DIY is one of the funniest, craziest publications we've come across in ages. In this, his first published release, Martinez dreams up great business ideas he doesn't actually want to do and puts them out there for anyone who wants to take them on. Basically: it's an up-for-grabs list of new careers, art ideas, and schemes.
According to Martinez, "I call my brain 'The Idea Factory.' These gold flecks of super-genius come to me at all hours of the day and night and they arrive without regard to the fact that I don't want them." What you get are crazy restaurant plans, ideas for sure-fire movie blockbusters and video games, weird small businesses, food delivery services, blueprints for future YouTube viral sensations, hilarious parody singer concepts, book/zine/newspaper/comic publishing schemes; these 12 ambitious pages cover a lot of ground.
In his new book, How To Lose Friends and Irritate People, Justin Pearson reveals his misadventures with two DJ duos borrowing him as a frontman, lending some “punk” street cred to their music. Known for being part of bands like The Locust, All Leather, and Retox, as well as the owner of Three One G Records, Justin has paved the way for bizarre, abrasive and political music, while pushing the envelope of what is expected or what can be done in a band. The Bloody Beetroots and Designer Drugs approached him to sing on their albums, and what came out of those two experiences is both pathetic and hilarious. From being forced to lip sync at Australian festivals in front of thousands, to being lost in the woods somewhere in Pennsylvania at a music video shoot gone wrong, Justin questions not only the DJ’s motives, but his own as well. Embracing actual musical instrumentation instead of laptop playlists, Justin trudges through the murky waters of musical capitalism.Justin Pearson reveals his misadventures with two DJ duos borrowing him as a frontman, lending some “punk” street cred to their music. Known for being part of bands like The Locust, All Leather, and Retox, as well as the owner of Three One G Records, Justin has paved the way for bizarre, abrasive and political music, while pushing the envelope of what is expected or what can be done in a band. The Bloody Beetroots and Designer Drugs approached him to sing on their albums, and what came out of those two experiences is both pathetic and hilarious. From being forced to lip sync at Australian festivals in front of thousands, to being lost in the woods somewhere in Pennsylvania at a music video shoot gone wrong, Justin questions not only the DJ’s motives, but his own as well. Embracing actual musical instrumentation instead of laptop playlists, Justin trudges through the murky waters of musical capitalism.
"Quitter #7 is a perzine collection of creative non-fiction consisting of "memoir vignettes"--#7 deals with months and seasons with specific stories arranged in no set order. Color-printed cover, staple-bound. It's a snappy little zine, immaculately set-up and easy to read (it's got a crisp layout and clear typeface). November's a little about hunting, what the author called "deer processing" and about family--which is a theme that runs through many of the stories. Influenced by memory (weather real memories or constructed ones). Solid writing, complex sentences, evocative." --Anne Thalheimer
Ringside! A Companion Piece to The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin' Sad (digital edition/e-book)
In Ringside, Kansas-based author Adam Gnade continues the work he began with his best-selling Pioneers Press release, The Do It Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin' Sad. As a companion text to the original work, Gnade's new e-book looks at taking an inventory of your life, finding the things that bring you down, and working to eliminate them in your path to a better life. It's about brutal reassessment and outlaw living, cutting away toxicity and vowing to live more honestly.
Originally self-published by Move! Dance! Create! Publishing in 2012 for university workshops, Pulling Ink has been reformatted and expanded for its digital release with Pioneers Press.
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Nearly year-round, the wild edible mushroom circuit is at work. Under the nose of authorities, migrant pickers in the Western U.S. supply wild edibles for some of the fanciest restaurants in the country. In Under the Radar, Olivier Matthon takes readers on a firsthand account of northern Californian seasonal work communities in the wild mushroom trade. This ethnography takes place in small-town motels, private logging property, and a marijuana growing operation. Matthon highlights the struggle and need for community among migrant pickers, crafting a thoughtful and well-researched story about clandestine mushroom trade in Under the Radar.
little-known facet of the town of Willits, California, is its community
of wild mushroom pickers. Every year a few migrants arrive to
overwinter and a few local people join in as well. This book gives a
rare glimpse into the work and lives of these pickers…" —David Arora,
author of Mushrooms Demystified and All That The Rain Promises and More...
"Olivier is a sport. He appeared at our 'mushroom' palace at what is always the most difficult time of the year and gently fit himself into the remaining mushroom tribe at the roughest end of the picking season. He writes with kind wonder about a world few see." —Connie Green, author of The Wild Table
This Mega-Pack collects all four of the Julia Eff zines we carry and bundles them together with a mystery grab-bag featuring two canvas patches, one sticker, and three pins! The pack includes both of Julia's zines about gender, Every Thug is a Lady and Whatstheirname, as well as the excellent memoir All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues and the essential writing compilation Read Once & Destroy. All of which we recommend wholeheartedly! Here's your chance to get all-things Julia Eff with one click!
John-Vincent Greco's Torch Ballads is one of the best things we've read all year. A goddamn riot of ideas and story and life, it kicked our ass and made us rethink a lot of big things. Total stunner. Total rule-breaker. Solid throughout. Unlike a lot of poetry (these are more like urban folk tales as verse), Greco's work gives you a lot of substance and delivers it in a clean, smart, unpretentious way.
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