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Six Killer NYC Zines Worth Reading

<strong>Girl Crush:</strong> Started by Thessaly LaForce, the former web editor of The Paris Review, and Jenna Wortham, a technology reporter for <em>The New York Times</em>, <a href="http://girlcrushzine.tumblr.com/">Girl Crush</a> is a high-low mix of essays about women who admire other women in a way that's not sexual, but still affectionate. “It’s someone you want to be like, and someone you think is cool. It’s a slightly silly way to say something a little serious—because it’s so earnest to be like, ‘I admire you immensely!,’” <a href="http://www.observer.com/2011/07/the-ladies-who-crush-girl-crush-lights-up-zine-scene/">LaForce said</a> this summer when it launched. Contributors include literary ladies like <a href="http://gothamist.com/2011/07/08/jennifer_egan.php">Jennifer Egan</a> and <a href="http://gothamist.com/2011/05/09/emma_straub_is_having_a.php">Emma Straub</a>, and it's <a href="http://girlcrushzine.tumblr.com/thezine">available here</a> ($10).


<strong>Put A Egg On It:</strong> Sure, the title isn't entirely grammatically correct, but this <a href="http://putaeggonit.com/">food-centric zine</a> has completely charmed us with its slapdash, irreverent take on cooking and eating. Contributions to the Brooklyn-based (<em>of course</em>) publication have included a breakfast portait series, an essay on breakup food, and an ode to Hubigs Pies. <a href="http://putaeggonit.goodsie.com/">Available here</a> ($5).


<strong>Birdsong:</strong> One of the more established zines on the scene, Williamsburg-based <a href="http://www.birdsongmag.com/zines.php">Birdsong</a> is a bi-annual lit/art/interview mag with gorgeous illustrations. In their own words, "Each issue is thematically linked by a sensory experience or from a word chosen at random after a 4 Loko fueled romp through dictionary.com." Bonus: each release is usually timed to both a reading and a massive dance party. <a href="http://www.birdsongmag.com/zines.php">Available here</a> ($3-6).



<strong>The World's First Perfect Zine:</strong> The product of 23-year-old blogging wunderkid David Shapiro, (who runs the hilarious <a href="http://www.pitchforkreviewsreviews.com/">"Pitchfork Reviews Reviews"</a> Tumblr) <em>TWFPZ</em> has an impressive roster of cool-kid, contributors, including novelist Tao Lin, filmmaker Lena Dunham, Cloud Nothings bandleader Dylan Baldi, and <em>Girl Crush</em> zine creator Jenna Wortham. “I hoped the material would be as risque as possible because there are only 500 copies of the zine and none of the writing will be on the Internet, and so it's not gonna follow the authors around for the rest of their lives,” <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/1796016/worlds-first-perfect-zine-david-shapiro?partner=gnews">David said</a> when the zine launched this month. “A lot of the contributors gave me their blue material.” <a href="http://www.pitchforkreviewsreviews.com/">Available here</a> ($12).


<strong>Afterzine:</strong> A biannual arts and culture zine curated by <em>Vanity Fair</em> editor Hamish Robertson, <a href="http://browngriffin.bigcartel.com/product/afterzine-no-1">Afterzine</a> is decidedly highbrow take on the photocopied zines of yore, featuring lots of sleek black-and-white photos and contributions from Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, British fashionista Alexa Chung, and, uh, Henry David Thoreau. <a href="http://browngriffin.bigcartel.com/product/afterzine-no-1">Available here</a> ($10).


<strong>Slice Harvester:</strong> One more food-related zine that we just can't resist: the <a href="http://www.sliceharvester.com/">Slice Harvester</a>, an anonymous Brooklyn-based pizza aficionado, pens eponymous quarterly zines following his noble quest to eat every slice of pizza in the city. It is EPIC. We shared a cab ride home with Slice Harvester once, but will take his identity to the grave. <a href="http://www.sliceharvester.com/p/buy-my-stuff.html">Available here</a> ($3).