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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

props to Cometbus

I don't think I've ever mentioned this.....but if there's one voice I (and many other bloggers, if not blogging in general) owe a lot to it would be:

Aaron Cometbus, author of the self-published zine Cometbus.

He's doing other things now, but for a while it seemed like wherever I was hanging out, (which often used to be in record shops), there'd be this black and white punk magazine, Cometbus, and I'd buy a copy. Heck, I even found one in French one time.

The writing was honest, raw, reflective. It captured a moment, the punk moment. And then kept capturing it. Every issue of Cometbus seemed to get at the core of something: friendship, heartache, music, independence, loss...without really being "about" that, at all. There's a great collection of his work reviewed at Rain Taxi...check it out, if your interest is piqued...it's a big book, an anthology, and sometimes I'll see cool kids reading a battered copy at the cafe and think:

Cometbus lives...and so does his description of how a lot of us saw the world in the 80's and 90's.

3 Comments:

  • i had to respond because you post was published at my favorite time... 11:11. but also, i remember reading cometbus and enjoying the scams, and pranks, and guest columns by "famous" punks, but then when i was 17 i took a trip to new york and found a small ass-pocket sized issue that was like a diary written for others to read. i read it over and over, and it highly influenced me for many years thereafter. still have it, too...

    By Blogger colorless green ideas, at 1:32 AM  

  • Congrats on the new site! First "Cometbus," now "K/O Omnibus."

    I've found that I still enjoy writing with the dKos community in mind, but I prefer to do that writing in a room of my own.

    I look forward to the new directions your new "room" takes.

    By Blogger Jeffrey Feldman, at 2:07 AM  

  • Colorless, thanks so much for the comment...and save that "pocket-sized" issue!!

    peace, kid o.

    Thanks, Jeffrey.....

    I agree, there's things that you can only do in context of the "long beat"...building an idea up slowly...

    And things that happen "quick beat" or in a "broad discussion" way that call out for immediate feedback of a large community blog...

    nice work.

    By Blogger kid oakland, at 11:41 AM  

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