Books I have been reading during the pandemic part 1

By Jenny Maurer Hello, The pandemic has no doubt been very hard on all of us and we’re desperate to fill time  until at least April 24th or early May. Some people are watching netflix films while others are working on novels. As for me,  I have been working on  a Simpsons puzzle and reading…

Zines of Racine: Dan Nielsen

Dan Nielsen’s 5x5x26: A Fives & Faces Alphabet is part stand up routine and part somewhat confessional poetry. His prose jumps between Steve Wright like one liners: “Never go grocery shopping when you’re hungry and never go energy drink shopping when you’re tired”; to darkly funny almost confessional poetry: “It’s best not to show too…

Reflections on the Matcha tea Latte

By Jenny Maurer Today was going to be the day I interviewed someone for the Zines of Racine feature, but with the virus emergency, the person chose to be interviewed via email.  Hence, I have decided to instead write a brief lament on a matcha tea latte. I have tried most of the lattes  and…

A brief lament on the mango Kulfi ice cream from the Kabab and Grill:

by Jenny Maurer Kulfi has long been a popular treat in India and the Middle East. A creamier version of ice cream,  Kulfi is slow cooked and stirred rather than whipped.  This process makes the  treat more flavorful and sweeter.  Today,  I tried a mango flavored Kulfi and it was very promising. Upon unwrapping the…

Drive Like Jehu: influential Emo in San Diego

By Jenny Maurer Last time, I discussed the Bay Area guitar hero Sarah Kirsch and today, I am sticking with the California punk theme as the weather is slowly getting warmer.  This time, we are moving to a southern part of the state, namely San Diego. It’s home to skate punk ambassadors Blink 182, the…

Descendents’ I don’t wanna Grow up

By Jenny Maurer There’s a good argument to be made that the California pop punk band The Descendents helped usher in the conservative Men’s rights activist culture of reddit and 4 chan with their debut, Milo goes to College. While extremely catchy, the album contains many angry diatribes about women considered unattractive (“I wanna be…

Sarah Kirsch: a guitar hero of Bay Area punk scenes

Throughout the history of Pop music, there have been many famous musicians who started out as members of other bands; Dr. Dre  was a member of the dj group World Class Wrecking Crew before starting a solo career while Eric Clapton honed his guitar skills as a member of Cream in the late 1960s.  There…

Shock and Awe Simon Reynolds

There’s been many twitter discussions about the young singer Billie Ellish and how much marketing of her being an independent soundcloud artist was due to the push of music streaming services. Thanks to Simon Reynold’s history  of glam rock, Shock and Awe,  I have learned that  the arguments about art being creator driven or management…

My beloved Gameboy Color

It was Christmas day 1999 and I was ten years old. My biggest present was  the just released neon purple hued transparent gameboy color. The transparent futuristic style was very popular at this time in the world of electronics with many see through phones, computers, and mouses populating bedrooms and computer labs.  Not being a…

Frank’s Diner: Crowded, sassy, but well worth the wait

The line for lunch at Frank’s Diner stretched all the way to the door. Built from the base of a dining car, the restaurant felt very claustrophobic when I first entered the line.  The horizontal length of the car and the compact width of the car makes it difficult to move without brushing against people…