Tennessee put together her own zine that will be available through Pioneers Press and also via mail order directly from Ten. Send me a message or leave a comment to get our address. We are all excited about the release of Birds Birds Birds!
Tennessee was inspired after receiving another kid’s zine, Liam’s Big Diamond.
Quitter: Good Luck Not Dying started shipping on Tuesday. You can buy the book as well as buttons over at Pioneers Press.
Praise for Quitter:
“Truthful and devastating, Trace Ramsey’s Quitter: Good Luck Not Dying is a burning coal and a lighthouse, a haunted past and an open door. This brutal, elegant little book will shake your floorboards and rafters until the whole place comes crashing down.” -Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin’ Sad author Adam Gnade on Quitter: Good Luck Not Dying
“This is the sort of zine, the sort of writing that smacks you in the face. These stories will hollow you out. I’d compare Trace’s style a bit to Flannery O’Connor’s, in that neither one of them romanticizes anything, softens anything, and their takes on life are completely unsentimental.” -Rust Belt Jessie on Quitter #7
“It’s been awhile since I have read such a well-written zine. Reading Quitter #7 was a real breath of fresh air. I appreciate most zines, but I find myself reading them once then storing them away. Not this one, though. As soon as I finished it I wanted to start it again. So good. Do yourself a favor, pick up a copy of Quitter today.” -Dakota Floyd on Quitter #7
“This is a good-looking zine, a class act.” -Lily Pepper on Quitter #7
“The subject matter is intimate and stark. With precision word-smithing, Trace ventures into parts of the emotional landscape we normally avoid, and engages us by tapping the common well of humanity with an unflinching examination of his personal experience. Inspirational.” -Zine World on Quitter #4
Quitter: Good Luck Not Dying is experiencing a re-birth through the publisher and distributor Pioneers Press. Pioneers will also publish my first full length book next year, which I am very excited about.
Pioneers Press’ next published title is up for pre-sale! This book ships October 1st. Pioneers Press is proud to announce our next published title, Quitter: Good Luck Not Dying, a pocket-size book collection of Trace Ramsey’s excellent Quitter zine. What do you do when you realize the whole system is chock full of faulty wiring and institutionalized myths? Do you stay behind that desk (whether metaphorical or literal) and burrow into the security of “living in the first world” or do you throw yourself into the wilds? Sometimes it’s not so black and white, and sometimes “cutting ties” requires a privilege and skill-set we don’t have.
In this anthology of Quitter issues 1-6, we see Ramsey battling fear and freedom, history and an uncertain future. There are no hard and fast answers; nothing set in stone besides the guarantee of chaos and troubled waters ahead. Over the course of 64 pages, Trace struggles through life, winning and failing, looking for a better path but not always finding it.
A deeply honest narrative on struggling to break the binds that hold us down, Quitter: Good Luck Not Dying is a devastating, thrilling read; a beautifully written examination of the frustrations and pitfalls of life in the current age.
I’m really excited to say that Pioneers Press now distributes Quitter #7. They wrote a short review that makes me blush a bit every time I read it:
Quitter #7 is a hard and devastating piece of personal American history. Through abuse and poverty, blood and snow, we see Quitter author Trace Ramsey giving us something true and painful and beautifully-told. A Pioneers Press favorite, we look forward to future work from Ramsey, a great and powerful new voice in American writing. We can’t vouch enough for this. Buy this zine. It’s well worth your time. One of the best zines of the year, hands down.
Pioneers Press is also getting ready to re-release my book Good Luck Not Dying! Please support this amazing distro.
It is unbelievable how I can choose to ignore certain tasks, how I can become so forgetful of the things I used to take so much time to develop. I don’t offer any sort of excuse for not posting to Cricket Bread. I have just been busy with other things. Watching Tennessee become “more” – developing language, durability, expressions of gratitude and the beginnings of an understanding of context – is an amazing process that I document daily.
Octobers are coming and going, and I am starting to think that my brain really does seem to calculate time differently as I age (as some research suggests). Crop Mob is not that old, but as crop mob does not have its own mind or body there is no way that the phenomenon itself can have any interest in time or how fast or slowly it moves. That is all theoretical anyway. Folks keep coming together to do work. That is pretty much all we should be concerned about at this point:
Tennessee will be six months old next week. That fact is just unbelievably hard to believe, and I say that not in astonishment about time moving quickly or anything like that but rather in astonishment that we are all still alive six months later.
There have been times when I wanted to chuck Ten off the nearest cliff, leave her on the front stoop for the birds to eat or send her off to live with strangers in a strange place. But those thoughts are just momentary, caused by the unraveling of the knots of sanity in the dark hours of night or the squinting light of some dawn we weren’t looking forward to seeing.
Being a parent to an infant is by far the most challenging thing you will ever see me write about. Breaking up with circle acres? Lame and tame in comparison.
There are no short days anymore, no time to relax or even read a book. If I’m not working I’m with Ten or helping with Ten or doing the things that support Ten and support Kristin. If there is a spare minute I’m taking a few pictures or getting around to fermenting some green beans or fetching a ham out of the freezer or rubbing Kristin’s shoulders.
I can see the relationship between myself and Ten starting to take shape, imaging what we will be doing together when she is nine months old, a year old, five years old. I can see her personality foaming and melting and scattering from little fragments of her parents’ own strong wills, desires and work ethic.
Ten has no choice but to become whatever she wants to be, outside of all the cultural baggage and white privilege that she also had no choice about. We can explain to Ten the uselessness of Santa, gender norms and authority while instilling the usefulness of respect, community and DIY. But it will be a constant battle with other parents and society to explain to them that Tennessee is not theirs to mold and shape into a consumer of mediocrity like the rest of us.
Oh, the opportunities to write or load/develop photographs or garden or any of the things you come here to read about are few and far between. But as Tennessee gets older there are times when I can sit and think about this blog and how I have certainly neglected it.
"Quitter #7 is a hard and devastating piece of personal American history. Through abuse and poverty, blood and snow, we see Quitter author Trace Ramsey giving us something true and painful and beautifully-told. A Pioneers Press favorite, we look forward to future work from Ramsey, a great and powerful new voice in American writing. We can't vouch enough for this. Buy this zine. It's well worth your time. One of the best zines of the year, hands down." - Pioneers Press
Bread made from crickets is a survival food in many places, a staple in others and a disgusting concoction in the "civilized" world. The discussion presented here details how I jump in between each of those cultures, destroying certain pieces as needed.
This is also a discussion about starting a family, the do-it-yourself lifestyle, being an anarchist and how the interactions I engage in promote community, friendship and mutual aid.