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Doris: An Anthology 1991-2001 (Doris zine 00)

4.42  ·  Rating Details  ·  517 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
The first ten years of Doris fanzine. Cindy writes her zine, DORIS, like she is figuring out the human condition. She makes writing about the simplest and most common things - playing music, childhood, cooking, or sex - resonate with universal understanding. She helps us make sense of more complex things like the satisfaction from doing useful work, natural curiosity, the ...more
301 pages
Published by Doris Press (first published July 15th 2005)
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Caitlin Constantine
This is how I described this book/zine collection to my husband: like sitting around a kitchen table, late at night, listening to the coolest girl you've ever met as she tells you stories about her life.

I really don't think there is anything more to say.
Dec 05, 2008 Ciara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: zinesters, "doris" fans, feminists, fans of awesome, everyone
of course i think this book is great. i have been a huge fan of "doris" zine for years. i actually remember the first time i ever read "doris". i had just moved to portland & i was hanging out with lauren martin. we went to reading frenzy. this may have even been my first trip to reading frenzy, which wound up being a place i stopped in at almost everyday of the two years i lived in portland. i think it was "doris" #12 sitting on the shelf. lauren pointed it out to me & told me it was a ...more
Apr 02, 2009 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never read Doris before I picked up Cindy Crabb's book, but it held me engrossed all winter. Whenever the doldrums would set it in I'd just curl up with the book and let the pasted up text and stick figure comics transport me to the familiar world of punk living rooms, railroad bridges and long aimless walks. I never read too many personal zines - I guess the overly self-conscious romanticization of the punk lifestyle doesn't do it for me. Cindy tells her stories from a place of wisdom, and it ...more
Dec 09, 2008 Abby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: punk, zines
Re-read recently because I am reviewing this zine for LJ. Doris is a wonderful perzine that's been around since the mid-nineties, written, illustrated and published by Cindy, a wandering punk anarchist woman who writes about her travels, her sister, strangers, secrets, making community, sex, history, depression, politics and so much more. She has a real gift for describing ordinary moments in daily life: snatches of conversation, glimpses out the windows of vans, late-night fears and frustration ...more
I generally find this zine to be sad. I think that there is a hint of sadness in even her expressions of joy, it smacks of wistfulness, longing, the desire for... Still, it is poignant work. And I do identify with it. Read it on a rainy day when you know a friend will be available to give you some love.
Dec 09, 2015 Ellen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This book is revolutionary! This anthology is a chronological archive of a series of zines made by one woman between 1991-2001. I'm so happy I discovered Doris, for several reasons. The first is that Cindy Crabb changed the way I think about zines and their purpose: I'd never come across 'perzines' very much before and it was refreshing to read such confessional, honest writing about personal things that is poetic at the same time. I felt like I entered Cindy's world and was following her on her ...more
Nov 30, 2008 Famous rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my tribe
I recently saw cindy on book tour. i've enjoyed doris off and on for years, picking it up just when i came across it. but this reading caught me at a particularly alienated moment and as soon as she got half way through the first paragraph i was re-centered. this is not because the writing is spectacular in every way or even that the story is always my own. But it was a re-affirming articulation of how i ended up in the places i have, why i see the world the way i do, why my life is peopled with ...more
Ahmad Nizamuddin
Apr 22, 2012 Ahmad Nizamuddin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an anthology of Doris zine that consists of issue 1 to 18 that were published within 1991- 2001 (10 years). When I was on the first few pages of this book, I got really hooked and wanted to finish reading it as soon as possible. The first few issues' writings were short stories and information sharing. Cindy shares whatever she went through in life, likes and dislikes from simplest things to topics such as rape, abortion, sexual harassment, and dealing with death in the family.

She also t
Mark Robison
Apr 19, 2014 Mark Robison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A compilation of Cindy’s personal zines through the 1990s as she copes with her abusive childhood while trying to create a better world. Unlike a lot of memoir-type books, Cindy doesn’t beat you over the head with painful re-enactments of her past but instead analyzes the ways she attempts to move forward. It's also impressive the sheer scope of her life, traveling the world and getting in crazy adventures, with clearly no money. Her self-examination is so thoughtful, so non-narcissistic, so bea ...more
Jun 06, 2011 Lynne rated it it was amazing
I'm relatively new to reading zines regularly, so I picked up my first copy of Doris about a month or so ago. I know it might sound hokey, but it spoke to me (which, I suppose, is what zines are meant to do). I bought a few of the newer ones, but was really happy when I saw that this anthology of her earlier work was available. I bought it direct from Cindy's distro (Down with Microcosm!), and I'm so glad I did. It was really interesting seeing her develop as a writer and storyteller over the 10 ...more
Dea G.
Jan 16, 2008 Dea G. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in feminism, zines, punk culture, personal stories
This book tracks the development of the Doris zine and reads like heartfelt letter from an in the know, activisty, understanding friend. The Doris Depression Guide, a highlight, is great for getting out of a funk, and I sent off copies to a bunch of my friends. Her methods of coping with life and love of solitude reminded me to be introspective and self assured. Written by a girl who lives everywhere from Oakland to Vermont to Minneapolis to Russia, she documents punk life in a variety of locati ...more
Oct 28, 2015 Kimmy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ahhhhh, I wanted to like this so much! I feel like I SHOULD have liked it... It talks about a lot of the things I'm into (feminism, anarchism, being kind of lost in life). But I think it was just too much in one little book. It is, of course, a collection of zines so it was never really meant to be read all together and I think the book format kind of killed it for me. To be perfectly honest, I did not finish this book, I lost interest about a quarter of the way in so maybe it would have gotten ...more
Apr 15, 2012 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Doris zine! There are lots of great things about this anthology. Doris is one of those zines that you can carry around in your pocket and it's like always having a friend with you that you can hang out and read. Cindy Crabb just has a way of confiding in you with such heartbreaking honesty, and that is what you will find in this anthology: realness, honesty, heartbreak, friendship, confessions, and lots more. I've lent this book to so many people that it spends more time away from my book ...more
Jul 09, 2009 Ariel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The Doris anthology is an essential book for anyone interested in personal experience zines or narrative. It's a compilation of the authors zines over ten years, highlighting experiences in her life, from organising demonstrations to travelling or living in a squatted house. Cindy Crabb captures the reader with her introspective style that never lingers on a topic for too long, and deals with every aspect of the human experience. After this, I recommend tracking down the further issues of Doris, ...more
Oct 28, 2008 Emelda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
God, I love Cindy. The Doris Anthology makes my heart sing. I have a few of the zines collected in here, but I'm so, so happy to have access to the older issues... you know, the ones that came out when I was 7 and making my own newspapers for the neighbors. Doris makes me feel fiercely nostalgic, eternally hopeful, question my political stances and want to build for that better world you can sometimes grasp ribbons of, when you're on the edge of this reality. I wish I was re-reading it right now ...more
One of the most human collections of words I've ever read, Doris is unassuming, personal, lovely, imperfect, heartfelt, heart-wrenching, and heart-mending all at once. When I was 19 or 20, a friend gave this anthology to me, and it reaffirmed that I wasn't crazy, that I had good ideas, and that there are people who are trying to figure shit out in the world. Perfect when you're in the mood to be alone but can't bear to be lonely.
Jan 07, 2008 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
doris was one of the first zines i ever read. actually, it was a three pack of mini-zines written by cindy that led me to track down doris. she was and continues to be an amazing and inspiring writer who really openly discussed sexual assault and its impact on everything in the world, mental health, being confused, being alive, and on and on. i almost fainted when i met her in real life.
Dec 26, 2008 doramaar717 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a must read collection of a wonderful zine called Doris. If you are a feminist, and anarchist, interested in social change, a woman, a girl, a boy, a man, queer or straight, you should read this book. There's something amazing about the way Cindy Crabb captures the feeling of riding bikes barefoot and the contentment and discontentment that accompanies it and all other aspects of life.
Mar 03, 2011 Javier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book says: it's okay to be sad/depressed/upset, because the world is fucked up. acknowledging that surviving the trauma of the world while still reaching and working towards a better one, most of cindy's work appears in the form of autobiographical comics, and they're all amaaaazing. the language is incredibly accessible yet poignant and illustrative. loo-ove.
Aug 21, 2008 Juliette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my all time favorite zines. This is a collection of Cindy Ovenrack's zines which she makes on an old typewriter and includes cute little drawings. She writes about sexual abuse, feminism, love, travel, history, punk ethos, and depression. She writes about the painful and lovely intimate parts of life. Great to read while riding the bus or subway.
Jun 21, 2007 ael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every single person that I've ever met.
My all-time favorite personal zine, now in a handy book version. The advice in Doris 15 (or is it 14? the anti-depression guide) saved my life. she just says things so well, expresses the stuff I never know how to say, and tells the best story. she is the direct inspiration for my plan to live in a treehouse outside Portland. hero, hero, hero.
Feb 29, 2008 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sunsets
Doris is just amazing. I love reading everything that Cindy Crabb puts out, from topics on support, to anti-depression guides, to relationships, and many many others. She's compassionate and real and this book is just the right one for feelings of hopelessness. All of the contents are accessible and very personal.
nick padilla
Feb 14, 2008 nick padilla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like zines
Recommended to nick by: marla maybe? i cant remember...
This is one of my favorite zines. it really captures the feeling of moving around a lot when you're young, leaving things behind and all that. and there are good little pieces of political history and social commentary too to break the monotony of the typical narcissistic masturbation-fest that is the 'personal zine'
Mar 25, 2007 jerx rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i thought this was absolutely amazing. the only real thing i can say is that i love how cindy was able to take small things and certain situations and make them have this incredible and amazing feel. she wrote with such passion and so wonderfully. this was seriously one of the best reads to come across my life.
Kit A.
Feb 22, 2015 Kit A. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: strangers, secrets
Shelves: non-fiction
Oh gosh, Cindy teaches me so much every time I read Doris. Her writing gets me excited for life, fills me with wonder, and makes me get outside and make some meaning. I've read this anthology so many times, dogearing the most inspiring parts, spilling coffee, and carrying it with me wherever I go. Read it!
It's hard to believe I started reading this almost two years ago. I loooooove the last quarter of the anthology. It's so full of life and pain. The section on how to live while depressed, the story about Emma. It's a beautiful process. She makes me want to trust myself more and let go more.
Nov 24, 2009 Leah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zines
at this point in my life the doris zines don't have so much relevance but i wish i could have found them earlier in life because they would have been very valuable in helping me get through the difficult years of my late teens - early twenties. cindy is a great role model!
Jan 22, 2009 Caty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I lied about reading this one too. I didn't finish reading it b/c I lent it to Irene before I was through. But she's given it back to me so I'm in a haze of zinester retro now. Love the stuff about being an 80s/early 90s punk anarchist living communally.
Jan 09, 2008 jack added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: punk
great stuff. like a lady cometbus with some great sketches included. she does get onto more serious ground than mr cometbus, but she does it in a frank and open manner. primarily a collection of personal zines covering the typical ground, but well written.
Jan 28, 2009 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Briefly got into this after seeing Cindy Crabb give an endearing, totally unacademic, and completely refreshing talk at the Schlesinger library. Felt nostalgic for zines at the time, but now it's on the back burner.
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