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This Happened - Ferment zine

This Happened - Ferment zine

A talk I did for This Happened at the V&A about how I and my friends ran our illustrated literary magazine, Ferment - http://fermentzine.com.

The video of the talk is here: http://vimeo.com/51904714

James Weiner

October 09, 2012
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  1. Born on a train

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  2. Posse in effect

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  3. Alright hear this

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  4. FERMENT
    No. 1 Winter 2010—11 £3
    NAKED
    the
    issue
    Literature and illustration zine

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  5. FERMENT
    No. 1 Winter 2010—11 £3
    NAKED
    the
    issue
    Literature and illustration zine
    No. 2 Spring 2011 £3

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  6. 7
    7
    Hero
    A knock at the door. I was excited.
    Harriet had a new boyfriend.
    She’d sent me an email saying
    she’d be bringing him round today.
    ‘I feel I should tell you, he’s a hero.’
    A hero?
    Whose hero?
    One of our heroes?

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  7. FERMENT
    No. 1 Winter 2010—11 £3
    NAKED
    the
    issue
    Literature and illustration zine
    No. 2 Spring 2011 £3
    FERMENT
    No. 3 Summer 2011 £3.50
    Literature and illustration zine

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  8. FERMENT
    No. 1 Winter 2010—11 £3
    NAKED
    the
    issue
    Literature and illustration zine
    No. 2 Spring 2011 £3
    FERMENT
    No. 3 Summer 2011 £3.50
    Literature and illustration zine
    Literature and illustration zine Winter 2011—12
    FERMENT
    100
    £3.50
    No. 4

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  9. 4
    Cambridge
    I stick a saltwater tank on the back of my truck
    and drive my octopus around the city;
    down Kings Parade, Market Square,
    railings clustered with plum-faced quartets,
    high bookshops, the delivery entrance of Dixons.
    Me, and the first octopus on Earth
    to ever see the spires of Corpus Christi,
    we crawl past picture-book parks,
    cyclists weaving diagrams around us.
    My octopus has never known the sun
    to burn so bright and yet so cold,
    his huge eyes rotating, taking in every dog,
    every crisp, every Medieval crack and splinter.
    I toot. He waves. Cambridge loves you, baby!
    You’re unscrewing this city like a jam-jar!
    And everybody out here knows the deal:
    how he could squeeze through a fissure
    no bigger than their thumb
    and be gone, suckering off
    over the high walls, rearranging those blue plaques
    into new historical assemblies.
    The arrogance! And who wouldn’t want a piece of it?
    Who wouldn’t follow this octopus
    deeper into the city, beyond those turrets
    where teenagers dream in a dead language,
    through ancient refectories, over suits of armour
    into studies once paced by Charles Babbage.
    Who could resist following that watery path?
    Somehow reminiscent of the ancient river
    that cuts this city in two;
    that endless, unquestionable life-force
    that every new generation relies upon
    to make them feel utterly stupid.

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  10. FERMENT
    No. 1 Winter 2010—11 £3
    NAKED
    the
    issue
    Literature and illustration zine
    No. 2 Spring 2011 £3
    FERMENT
    No. 3 Summer 2011 £3.50
    Literature and illustration zine
    Literature and illustration zine Winter 2011—12
    FERMENT
    100
    £3.50
    No. 4
    Literature and illustration zine Summer 2012
    FERMENT
    100
    £3.50
    No. 5

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  11. Get it together

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  12. Picture this

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  13. What comes
    around

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  14. It takes time
    to build

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  15. bergcloud.com/littleprinter

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  16. adafruit.com

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  17. Microprinter by Tom Taylor

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  18. gofreerange.com/printer

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  19. Song for junior

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  20. Make some noise

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  21. I don’t know

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  22. Stand together

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  23. Intergalactic

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  24. That’s it
    that’s all
    fermentzine.com
    @fermentzine
    James Weiner
    @jamesweiner

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