Suburban Blight

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Political commentary by NYC writers, artists, and organizers.

Issue #10 - December 2011
36 pages - $1

After a four and a half year haitus, it is with great excitement that I bring to you another issue of Suburban Blight!

This issue includes my own political essays and film and music reviews as well as several guest pieces from talented NYC writers and artists who are involved in various grassroots movements for social change. This issue includes:

- The Financial Institutions Fight Back
- Spy Files
- Living Wage NYC
- Beyond Lifestylism
- Music Reviews
- The Loose City
- Librarians Unite
- Thoughts on Fat Acceptance
- Film Reviews

Suburban Blight was started up in 2004 when I was living in the suburbs of North Jersey and felt that I needed an outlet to deal with the lack of open political dialogue that exists in the 'burbs. The name comes from the album of the now-defunct punk band F-Minus. Though I no longer live in the suburbs, I like the name and decided to keep it for this recent issue.

Suburban Blight #10 is available at these fine bookstores and distros:
Bluestockings Books, New York, NY
Internationalist Books & Community Center, Chapel Hill, NC
Iron Rail Infoshop, New Orleans, LA
Once Upon a Distro, Philadelphia, PA
Wooden Shoe Books & Records, Philadelphia, PA
Quimby's Bookstore, Chicago, IL
Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, Baltimore, MD

Back Issues
Issue #9 - the Fighting Back issue: Lesbian 7, the issue of our generation, SDS 101, Sean Hannity pretends to like freedom, graphic novel reviews.
Issue #8 - Save Douglass, Black Panther Party 101, Citgo, Good News.
Issue #7 - government spying, detainees, local news briefs, Praxis exams, College Control.
Issue #6 - interview w/One People's Project, Radical Economics, The Authority of Parenthood.
Issue #5 - the gender issue.
Issue #4 - the media, language, activism, the Iraq war, the Rwandan genocide.
Issue #3 - the religion issue.
Issue #2 - feminism, white privilege, music, Nader.
Issue #1 - abortion, anarchism, Le Tigre, suburbia, interview with Richie Knuckles, poetry.


SB #6
From Sweet Pea Distro
"This is the Fall/Winter 2005 issue, which has news articles on Transit Strikes and Rosa Parks, along with some news briefs. She also has an interview with Daryle of One People's Project titled "On the Front Lines Fighting Fascism" Also included are editorials on the authority of parenthood and thoughs on gender roles part II, and 2005 in review. If you want to be educated and entertained at the same time, this is definitely a zine for you to check out. Stephanie is so intelligent and writes so well!"

From Girl Gang Distro
"those waiting with baited breath can exhale, because steph is back with a new issue! packed full of info about the transit strike, an amazing interview, and a review of 2005, this issue was well worth waiting for!"

SB #5
From Girl Gang Distro
"for "the gender issue," steph asked friends and fellow zinesters to contribute pieces all about the beast we know as "gender." the zine's pages feature an excellent blend of personal and academic essays on the topic, from around the globe. insightful and thought-provoking!"

SB #4
From Quimby's Bookstore:
"This zine asks us to reject the simple binaries our society harps on, and that's just the intro! What follows are some thoughtful essays on activism, feminism, media manipulation, as well as a couple of show and record reviews. Surprisingly deep for the punk rock cover art and skimpy price tag. -AB"

SB #3
From Maximum Rock N Roll:
"This issue is all about looking objectively at religion, specifically Christianity. It discredits bible passages that have been used to support homophobia. It encourages you to think for yourself when it comes to following or not following a religion. It's a good effort to promote critical thinking about a topic which a lot of people don't want to think critically about.(CH)"

From Almost Normal Comics:
"Once again I find myself thoroughly impressed by the range of topics that can be found in the world of zines. At first glance Suburban Blight appears to be a typical cut-n-paste, photocopied zine that you might expect to contain the lamentations of a lost love and the obligatory indie band interview. Upon closer inspection (actually reading the zine rather than just flipping the pages) it turns out that Suburban Blight is a zine with a very clearly defined subject: the Christian religion. Stephanie, the zine's editor, explains how religion has played a role in her life and her views have been shaped and changed through education and experience. In addition to Stephanie's contributions, there are others that contribute to this issue as well. Topics addressed in this zine include: how biblical law is interpreted, enforced, and discarded; short synopsizes of movies about faith; biblical trivia; feminism and religion; and a little ranting mostly dealing with G. W. Bush. Okay, there is some music related material too. A write-up about Lady Fest (a festival showcasing female musicians and artists), and the inescapable music reviews. The really great thing about this zine for me is that it doesn't simply denounce religion or make a blanket statement that all believers are stupid. Instead this zine presents compelling arguments and even offers a pro religious viewpoint. Suburban Blight is a very refreshing change of pace!"

SB #1
From Inside Knowledge Magazine:
"After reading the introduction of this magazine it was already clear that this is a very personal magazine. This magazine contains more personal writings than band-related writings like interviews and reviews. I think itís great that magazines focus on political and personal writings. Steph does a great job to write down her feelings in this magazine for instance about pro-choice and anarchy. Yeah, I know what you think, what an original topics to write about. I donít care that the writings are or arenít original as long as they come from the heart. The lay-out is typical cut and paste work, which has itís specific atmosphere but is sometimes a bit too chaotic for the eye. - Paco"