Doris: An Anthology | Cindy Crabb

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Doris: An Anthology of Zines + Other Stuff 1991-2001

310 pages | Doris Press

Cindy writes her zine, Doris, like she is figuring out the human condition. She makes writing about the simplest and most common things—playing music, childhood, cooking, or sex—resonate with universal understanding.

She helps us make sense of more complex things like the satisfaction from doing useful work, natural curiosity, the ability to use logic, gender dynamics, introspection, and the need for challenge and change, combating depression, and creating art and literature.

She explores more difficult subjects, like abortion, rape, sexual harassment, and dealing with the death of family, in a context that is enlightening and personal, feeling like a close friend opening up to you. What’s most impressive though is that she relates these things throughout her zines with seamless beauty.