On Anarchism – Noam Chomsky The Undying – Anne Boyer How to Blow Up a Pipeline – Andreas Malm A Psalm for the Wild Built – Becky Chambers A Stranger in Olondria – Sofia Samatar A Country of Ghosts – Margaret Killjoy Less is More – Jason Hickel The Anchored World – Jasmine Sawers The Future is Degrowth – Matthias Schmelzer, Andrea Vetter, Aaron Vansintjan The Solutions are Already Here – Peter Gelderloos
Amazing Grace – Alan Elliot Isle of the Dead – Mark Robson Blacula – William Crain Lair of the White Worm – Ken Russell Vampires Kiss – Robert Bierman Ana y los lobos – Carlos Saura Roberta – William Seiter A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night – Ana Lily Amirpour The Tempest; Caravaggio – Derek Jarman Laocoon and Sons; Madame X: An Absolute Ruler; Ticket of No Return; Freak Orlando; Chamisso’s Shadow; Joan of Arc of Mongolia; Prater – Ulrike Ottinger The Phantom of the Monastery – Fernando de Fuentes When You’re Lost in the Rain; Wawa; Jaaji Approx; Fainting Spells; Lore; Dislocation Blues; Anti-objects, or Space without Path or Boundary; Malni – Sky Hopinka Foxy Brown – Jack Hill Made in USA – Jean Luc Godard The Golden Chain – Adebukola Bodunrin and Ezra Clayton Daniels Burroughs the Movie – Howard Brockner La Jetee – Chris Marker Shall We Dance – Mark Sandrich Martha Clarke Light & Dark: A Dancer’s Journal – Joyce Chapra Freedom Fields – Naziha Arebi The Naked Island – Kaneto Shindo The Wonderland – Keeichi Hara April and the Extraordinary World – Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci House; Emotion – Nobuhiko Obayashi Himiko – Masahiro Shinoda Lady Snowblood – Toshiya Fujita
Kabalaba – Art Ensemble of Chicago Huntington Ashram Monastery – Alice Coltrane Hour Glass – Chyna Streetz The Sampler as a Time Machine; A Quiet Room In Walthamstow Original Motion Picture Score; Sweat Like Caramel – Lia Mice Ignoto – OVO Circuit Spectre – Dorothy Carlos Al Ritmo Pajarit – florconvenas Florescence – Loula Yorke
Bioluminescent Baby and Vertigo & Ghost – Fiona Benson King Cat 81 – John Porcellino Behind the Zines 13 – Billy McCall, editor Wonder Woman Forgotten Legends – Trina Robbins and Kurt Busiek Wonder Woman Vol 1 – George Perez, Len Wein Wonder Woman Dead Earth – Daniel Warren Johnson La mala hora – Gabriel Garcia Marquez Lure – Lane Milburn The Performance of Listening in Postcolonial Francophone Culture – Jennifer Solheim Junkwraith – Ellinor Richey Abolition. Feminism. Now. – Angela Y. Davis, Gina Dent, Erica R. Meiners, and Beth E. Richie Binti – Nnedi Okorafor Fascism Today: What it is and how to end it – Shane Burley Legendary Children – Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez The Ministry for the Future Kim Stanley Robinson The Princess Diarist – Carrie Fisher The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity – David Graeber and David Wengrow Mutual Aid – Dean Spade Behind the Zines 14 – Billy McCall, editor
Mars Attacks – Tim Burton The Matrix – Lana and Lily Wachowski Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker Star Trek Into Darkness Soul Power – Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte Star Trek The Next Generation Sign ‘O’ The Times – Prince Russian Doll (season 2) The Song Remains the Same – Peter Clifton and Joe Massot A Composer’s Notes: Philip Glass and the Making of an Opera – Michael Blackwood Wattstax – Mel Stuart Dune – Denis Villaneuve Karen Dalton In My Own Time – Richard Peete and Robert Yapkowitz
French Open 2022 Duvidha Mani Kaul Summer of Soul – Questlove Surname Viet Given Name Nam – Trinh T Minh-ha Fire Music – Tom Surgal Bird, Bath and Beyond; Electrocute Your Stars; The Ontological Cowboy; Eat My Makeup!; Flying Saucey; Manuelle Labor – Marie Losier 1968<2018<2068 – Keisha Rae Witherspoon Margin – Maya Da-rin Last Call at Maud’s – Paris Poirer
Wimbledon 2022 The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film – Richard Lester Vegas in Space – Philip R. Ford Garrincha: Alegria do Povo – Joaquim Pedro de Andrade The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga; Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo; Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys – Jessica Oreck A League of their Own (Series)
Segundo – Juana Molina Sonic Nurse – Sonic Youth Things We Need – Gogogo Airheart Ch-vox – Seefeel
Chi-congo – Art Ensemble of Chicago PRODUCT – SOPHIE Abyss Chasers: Hollow Memory; LUCKY! – Casper Mcadden the Light Emitting Diamond Cutter Scriptures – R.A.P. Ferreira Dark Humor – Jana Rush Addle – Bogdan Raczynski Projections – VTSS A Love Supermeme; (Devoción); El Sol y sus Flagelos – Manitas Nerviosas Ordinary Circles – Sol Patches Métempsycose – Sophia Djebel Rose abate breakdown – Getuss recur5 – tsx Castle in the Sky – Jennifer Vanilla Holy Body Roll – A. Billi Free and the Lasso Wisteria – Shelley Parker Nature’s World – Mother Nature and Renzell BELIEVER – Ivy Hollivana Drive My K – LieDeeDonk Invisible Miracles – Rocio Zavala I GOT BANDZ FOR THE MOON LANDIN’ – Semiratruth Music from Four Movements & Other Favorites – Woody Sullender Black Magic – Fury Morning Song – Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre
I started making Flotation Device in 1998 and I did it frequently and regularly for a while. Then for a while I didn’t make it at all and I thought I was done making them. But then I started up and I realized that I had only been on a super slow and sometimes irregular schedule. And now, here is the 18th issue. Which seems both crazy and totally normal at the same time. Making zines is just something I do at this point. Although I struggle with, like, who do I make them for? Why do I make them? Etc.
Flotation Device 18 is a (hopefully not too) heavy times zine about my grieving process for my friend Alex who died a year and a half ago now. It’s a collection of the thoughts I had and feelings/sensations I felt during that first year and some stray memories of him that live in me. There’s also some random detritus that made sense to include at the end. Ephemera!
I’ve decided I’m pretty much done selling things, although I will take some of these to Quimby’s for olde tymes sake. I’m in a position where I can not participate in capitalism in this tiny infinitesimal way. I don’t need to sell things, so why bother. Which means if you’d like a copy of this zine, just send me an email and say so. I’ll send you one for free. I’m happy if someone reads it.
Half Witch – John Schoffstall The Habits of Foxes and Strange Ghosts – Kat Philbin Water Logic and Air Logic – Laurie J. Marks Feminist Antifascism: Counter-publics of the Common – Ewa Majewska Piranesi – Susanna Clarke The Nutmeg’s Curse – Amitav Ghosh The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate, and The Stone Sky – N.K. Jemisin The Actual Star – Monica Byrne Terminal Boredom – Izumi Suzuki Iggy & the Stooges On Stage 1967-1974 – Per Nilsen Chicago, comics and life: 1999-2012 – Anders Nilsen No Time To Spare – Ursula K. Le Guin
Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child – Tamra Davis Star Trek Lower Decks Trances – Ahmed El Maanouni Dry Wood – Les Blank Forza Bastia – Jacques Tati and Sophie Tatischeff Hedwig and the Angry Inch – John Cameron Mitchell It’s Such a Beautiful Day – Don Hertzfeldt La Pointe Courte – Agnes Varda Only Lovers Left Alive – Jim Jarmusch Doctor X – Michael Curtiz Stage Door – Gregory La Cava Valerie and Her Week of Wonders – Jaromil Jires Black Moon – Louis Malle Blood and Black Lace – Mario Bava Ceiling – Vera Chytilova Deep Blues – Robert Mugge Taste the Blood of Dracula – Peter Sasdy Eye of the Devil – J. Lee Thompson Zombies – Baloji The Fate of Lee Khan – King Hu Spider Baby – Jack Hill It’s a Jackie Thing – Charles Atlas Melody Set Me Free – Kalup Linzy Tally Brown, New York – Rosa von Praunheim Black Lizard – Umetsugu Inoue Sword of the Beast – Hideo Gosha Cassandro el Exotico – Marie Losier Burst City – Gakuryu Ishii The Hidden Fortress – Akira Kurusawa Kids in the Hall Bizarre Foods America Star Wars The Clone Wars The French Dispatch – Wes Anderson Lydia Lunch: The War is Never Over – Beth B Tord and Tord, Bath House, The Burden, Something To Remember – Niki Lindroth von Bahr Edward II – Derek Jarman Star Trek Lower Decks Star Trek Discovery Rock and Roll High School Spiderman Far From Home Star Wars Clone Wars The Book Of Boba Fett Princess Mononoke – Hayao Miyazaki Kuroneko – Kaneto Shindo The Woodmans – C Scott Willis
CHRY-PTUS – Eliane Radigue Tough! – Art Blakey Ancestor Boy – Lafawndah Khonnar and Dhakar – Deena Abdelwahed New Growth and Don’t Get It Twisted – Delores Galore Human Dance – Yuvees Nude Descending – Versing Girlish – Gal Pal What Kind Of Dream – Secret Superpower The High Priestess – Rita J LDOLS and Crowd Control Vol. 2 Loula Yorke La Luz – La Luz Signals In My Head – DJ Manny Nation Time – Joe McPhee Air – Cecil Taylor Quartet La ultima rave del mundo – Pozole666 Black Origami – Jlin Chansons d’ennui – Jarvis Cocker Porto Novo – Marion Brown Nation Time – Joe McPhee Air Cecil Taylor Quartet
A white heron stands fishing near the shore
the geese in the pond across the green swim
and shake the rain from their feathers
five small white birds fly above the heron’s pond
occasionally diving in to catch aquatic creatures
A roll of thunder
and the geese honk and hop out of their pond to sit on the green grass
sheets give way to drops
the sizzle hiss becomes staccato beats
The veil lifts incrementally and distant trees reemerge
in the grass a frog sings low
I sit on the porch and read about a young trans girl
fighting to exist in North Carolina
July 18, 2021
A scalded tongue
fields and wind break trees
A landscape of repetition
you reveal yourself in layers
July 20, 2021
Sitting in the silence of night
a yellow moon
the cat’s water fountain in the kitchen
Straining my ears for crickets,
other insects of the summer night
but only silence
It could be winter
but for the open window
August 7, 2021
Reading a book in the morning
Observing the rotation of the earth
as sunlight spreading
across the page
August 24, 2021
Warmth. Mellow depth appreciation. Smoothness of voice.
Third shift small town rave-up.
Cleaning an apartment bathroom, sun pouring through window.
Mexico is imminent.
Jazz chords and beats. Internal summer dance parties.
Recycled from an early millennium crushed out mix-tape.
Ascending drama. A cavern. Night.
Golden slink opulence. A queen rather than lizard king.
Head nods. The nineties dream spanning decades.
Ecstatic pop. A smear of sound.
New and old anthems.
September 19, 2021
dark trees silhouette
against night sky
An Unkindness of Ghosts – Rivers Solomon Best Show Ever – Alyssa Giannini, editor The Star Fish – Martha Grover Grapefruit – Yoko Ono Phases of the Moon 5 and 6 – Stacey-Marie Piotrowski The Heart of the Universe – Mu Soeng When I Arrived at the Castle – Emily Carroll All-Star Superman – Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely Monk – Youssef Daoudi The Beginning Place – Ursula K. Le Guin Awesome Things #3 and Caboose #13 – Liz Mason How to Survive the Portland Winter and Somnambulist #26 – Martha Grover Sir, Is This Love? – Liz Yerby is stronger than death – Sharon McKellar Ker-Bloom! 149, 150, and 151 – Artnoose Cat Party #6 – Katie Haegele, editor Xerography Debt 50 – David Breier, editor Planet on Fire: A Manifesto for the Age of Environmental Breakdown -Mathew Lawrence and Laurie Laybourn-Langton Pieces 11, 14, 15 – Nichole Baiel Wake: The Hidden History of Women-led Slave Revolts – Rebecca Hall The Magic Fish – Trung Le Nguyen Leeking Ink 33, 34, 35 – Davida Breier We Do This Til We Free Us – Mariame Kaba Wanderer 7 – Alyssa Giannini The Thread 15 – Rachel Lee Carman
Home of the Brave – Laurie Anderson Sisters with Transistors – Lisa Rovner Pose Monterey Pop and Shake! – D.A. Pennebaker Festival – Murray Lerner Word is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives – Mariposa Film Group Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World – The Celluloid Closet – Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman Female Trouble – John Waters Bernice Bobs Her Hair – Joan Macklin Silver Say Amen, Somebody and No Maps On My Taps – George T. Nierenberg The French – William Klein Loki Glow A Day on the Grand Canal with the Emperor of China – Philip Haas I’ll Remember You as You Were, Not as What You’ll Become – Sky Hopinka with it which it as it if it is to be Part II – Eve Fowler Mayor – David Osit Top Spin – Sara Newens and Mina T. Son Storme: The Lady of the Jewel Box, Odds and Ends, ..But Then, She’s Betty Carter – Michelle Parkerson Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klimt – Halina Dyrschka Star Trek – JJ Abrams Halston Drag Race All Stars Self Portrait – Maria Lassnig Lil Picard, Art is a Party – Silvianna Goldsmith Sno-white (Crimson) – Martha Edelheit Plumb Line – Carolee Schneeman Depot – Susan Brockman Circles II – Doris Chase Wings of Thought – Olga Spiegel Parallax – Rosalind Schneider The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, and Invention for Destruction – Karel Zeman The Giverny Document – Ja’tovia Gary Clockwatchers – Jill Sprecher The End of Suffering (a proposal) – Jacqueline Ientzou Wigstock – Barry Shils
Four Meditations for Orchestra – Pauline Oliveros Echo – Dave Burrell I Promise Never to get Paint on my Glasses Again – Clouddead The Doors, Strange Days, Morrison Hotel, Waiting for the Sun, LA Woman – The Doors Ecstatic Computation – Caterina Barbieri Rid of Me – PJ Harvey Challenge for a Civilized Society – Unwound Emperor Tomato Ketchup – Stereolab ‘Axes’ and No Shouts No Calls – Electrelane Walking with Thee – Clinic …so addictive and Under Construction – Missy Elliot Neu 1 and Neu 2 – Neu! Psychic Psummer and Neverendless – Cave ANTI – Rihanna 13 – Lee Hazlewood Each One, Teach One – Oneida When I Get Home – Solange Turn – The Ex Everything is Beautiful – Princess Nokia Replicas – Gary Numan Q Are We Not Men? – Devo Last Splash – The Breeders Dub Housing and The Modern Dance – Pere Ubu Dreamtime – Tom Verlaine Live in Bergen – Avant Joik Sznz – Mother Nature and Boathouse #2 – Conatus Ex Voto – Djunah