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here for a link to a reprint-excerpt Amy Reiter's
Nothing Personal column's mention of LPZ #5 on Salon.com.
here for the press release announcing publication
of LPZ #5.
In the beginning,
a burning bush appeared to Mike Neff, editor and publisher at Web Del
Sol. He'd had a long day, scouring the web for poems that were actually
good, stories or scenes that strayed from the formatic middle class
He wasn't surprised by the burning bush. It had been out there the previous
week, convening with Klansman and having a general colloquia on front
yard pyrotecnics. Nonetheless, on this day, Mike Neff took a deep breath,
and looked outside his window in Virginia, and the bush spake to him.
"Mike," the bush said.
"Yes," Mike replied.
"Mike, I have an idea," the bush said. "We need to have
another webzine, one with a mascot of a guy who looks like he's from
a new wave band, such as Gene Loves Jezebel, a guy who wears a checkerboard
top hat and looks vaguely French. This mascot will never look at youinstead,
he will only show you the top of his hat, pouting a bit, showing off
his new wave lipstick." The accent will be wrong on the letter
A on the first splash page, prompting French teachers from around the
world to send well-meaning messages to change it.
and, with a few more flickers of the bush, the contracts were hammered
out, the .jpg computer image of the pouty, top hat-wearing new wave
guy was found, and another web-based literary mag was born. And Mike
saw that it was good.
Various messages were sent in: this time, instead of the Toni Basil
lookalike, we should have a graphic that is a younger brother of Arnold
Schwarzenegger in The Sixth
Day. Both graphics will break the fourth wall, staring right at
the reader as he or she peruses each issue, as if to say, "Is this
any good? Should this person have gotten an MFA, or is this drivel,
The yellow-and-orange color scheme came later, with the pagan holiday
of hallow's eve as the inspiration this time, and with the bush's approval,
the colors were adopted.
later, La Petite Zine is still going strong, keeping alive the
notion that writing can be immediate, mystical, cheeky, high-maintenance,
life-changing, and full of whimsy. And unafraid to break the fourth
But enough of our yakkin'. Let's boogie!