Thought this was wonderful: clear, informative, fascinating to read, sobering (artists/writers/musicians, do you want to know how much work goes into production, and what it's like to do that work?), and even inspiring. This book conveys, very specifically, the honorable madness of doing a lot of hard work for little or no money, on top of your regular life. It conveys the nature of the artistic gift culture. (cf. Lewis Hyde)
I liked the Bookslut review, which I think catches some of what makes this book so useful:http://www.bookslut.com/nonfiction/20...
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At the outset of Slanted and Enchanted: The Evolution of Indie Culture, Kaya Oakes puts forth the question: What does it mean to be indie? Over 200 pages later, she seems to have arrived at an answer. She deftly concludes, "That is what it means to be indie." In the pages in between, Oakes explores various incarnations of indie culture in literature, music, comics, zines, and crafts from the 1950s through today in an incredibly readable history. And while indie culture has the ability to constantly change and redefine itself, Oakes is able to identify qualities that have remained consistent: D.I.Y., creative control, community, collaboration. Oakes writes: "Independence means rebellion, risk, tenacity, innovation, and resistance to convention. It is rooted in the past and reimagines the past, but it is always ahead of its time. It will always value collaboration and networking, the sharing of resources, no matter how scarce, and the one-of-a-kind contribution of each individual."