How to Eat a Book
free zines + weird bike quilts + book job listing
I’ve been working on an essay about how books have book sex with each other (after reading a gay romance novel about gay books whose love prevails despite all odds). The problem with December is that Christmas gets in the way of finishing gay book sex essays. Instead, I’ve been vending at holiday markets, and packing and shipping orders. What have I been selling, you ask? Something equally as niche as the sex lives of books: high-visibility handmade bike gear. My mom says it’s ugly. (I’m sure she means: perfect for the galactic bike it-girl in your life).
Here’s a link to my December studio sale.
It means a lot to me to have readers like you—readers who care about paper flavor, book cooking methods, and page digestion. I’d love to express that gratitude with some end-of-year snail mail. Enter a mailing address here to receive a free copy of my “How to Eat a Book” zine. Thank you, reader, for reading.
Read the full call here. I’m organizing this project because … how cool would it be to page through a bunch of weird services, offered by local artists? All submitted listings will be printed.
PAPEREATING ON A SCHEDULE
Throughout 2022 I’ve published Papereaters on an occasional basis—about once a month, but not at regular intervals. In 2023, that’s changing; I will be publishing Papereaters on the 15th of every month, starting January 15th.
Publishing on a schedule means I’ll be able to include links from readers. Send me a link to your workshop, submission page, announcement, show, weird video screening, virtual event, new book, book review, recently published bit of writing, etc by the 13th of every month and it will go out to the Papereaters list on the 15th. Want a 1-line reminder email on the 10th of each month to contribute stuff? Opt-in here.
BOOKISH JOB LISTING - TWIN CITIES
I worked this job in 2016, which required great restraint in order to avoid snacking on the inventory. A great gig for anyone who prefers books to people.
Rulon-Miller Books is currently looking to hire a part-time assistant. Responsibilities will include: photographing books, shelving and sorting, shipping, light data entry, lifting heavy banker’s boxes, and communicating with customers.
Applicants should be able to lift 40 pounds, have a strong attention to detail, ability to work with minimal supervision, be comfortable using Windows machines, and be able to handle rare books. Interest in bookselling is a plus, and there may be opportunities for us to train any incoming employees on book cataloging and the technical aspects of the business.
We expect the position to be part time, approx. 25 hrs a week, at $18 an hour. Please contact Rob at Rulon@rulon.com to apply or inquire.