For a while now I’ve been experimenting with mail art. I used to do this a little bit in the 90’s, but never very often, or with much consistency. That didn’t really change for most of my life, but in the last few years I’ve been getting much more into it, and have been trying – when time allows – to stay on top of it as much as possible.
To that end, this year I’m engaging in seasonal, musical postcards. 12, in fact; one each month. To get a sense of how to do it, and what the process would be, I have a postcard made and ready for December of 2020, too. The first batch of cards, for mailing list members, go out today.
If you would like to get on the mailing list, and receive a musical postcard with 30 minutes of new audio material, all via the mail, then contact me via e-mail and mention this in your message. There’s only so many of these, so if you want one, you should say so, soon.
Curious about the Postcards Project? This link should help answer your questions.
Really, this is just a good way to get more engaged with the mail. And for that reason alone, this will be a lot of fun.
As the future becomes less and less certain for all of us, we all need to find something fun to cling to that will offer us some hope as we strap in for an uncomfortable year coming up. It’s hard enough to remember to do the chores if everything is falling apart, let alone face the neighbors with the same vim and vigor that you once contained. You need a little something to put a little zest in your step, even if it is temporary and arbitrary.
With that in mind, we are sending out 12 postcards next year, one for each month, that will offer a unique look into the work I do. With the inclusion of visual art and QR codes, you will get a multi-media creative piece of mail art, delivered to your home once a month. This is very much inspired by the wonderful musical postcards that Dylan Houser / Formaldehydra has been sending out this year. They are such a delight to receive, I had to go and make my own.
Now available from our Bandcamp Page, it is The Ways of Ghosts, four short ghost stories from the late 19th Century. These have been produced as separate pieces, clocking in about about 20 minutes, with sound effects, music, and other tidbits to create an audio essay that is perfect for the holiday season. Now you can help support our Annual Halloween Spook-tacular and enjoy these ghostly encounters from a time long since past.
Not only did his “spooky” pieces get taken as “true” accounts by most who read them, but the humor of these made-up slices of “Americana” (a direct descendant of Irving’s own style, so Bierce thought) seemed to be lost on his readers. Bierce had always seen the ghost story as a satiric engine, and was floored to see that people were not looking for that with these stories. Regardless, he understood a good thing when he found one, and collected these stories from the paper together as “The Ways of Ghosts”, which itself was collected with other ghostly stories. The form of these collections seems to shift from publisher to publisher, but there’s an ebook version that is worth downloading for free, as these are in the public domain now.
In 2014, as part of our Halloween Spook-tacular!, a few of these appeared as part of our daily NewsBlas, and were available then. However, I’ve re-edited, re-mastered, and re-worked these, and recorded new pieces to complete the set.
I’m very proud of these, and they are not only a great way to kick-off a full month of great stuff, but buying these help us continue to make cool things for you to listen to and enjoy.
Available for the first time since 1995, for the first time digitally, and with some never before seen material, we are proud to present all seven issues of A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. I.t.’s. N.o.t. J.u.s.t. A. W.o.r.d. A.n.y.m.o.r.!
Begun in January of 1994, this collection contains over 160 pages of materiel from this long longs publication, complete with a new introduction by the author, some texts that were originally assembled for an alternate version of Issue #7 that never was, and all of the existing art, stories & poems from this anthology publication from the pre-Internet era of the mid ’90’s.
This snapshot of what I was producing in those days is now available, completely remastered and in a digital form for easy reading on any digital device you may want to load it upon. Enjoy the naive productions of a late teenager as he comes to terms with the world outside of High School. Read as I struggle with a new and terrifying world around me. And laugh at the ineptitude of a youthful publication.
A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. I.t.’s. N.o.t. J.u.s.t. A. W.o.r.d. A.n.y.m.o.r. The ’90’s are back… in digital ‘zine form.
Now available for the first time ever in a digital form: The Portal!
In the mid ’90’s, during the rise of ‘zine culture, The Portal emerged as a completely nonsensical, barely coherent collection of comics, inside jokes, occasional political insight, with elements filled in from things found on the streets of Eugene, Oregon. While their output was very minimal, and their influence even less so, they trod ground that few other publications had, and fewer will ever consider, no less.
Join us for over 150 pages of drug-damaged ‘ziney goodness, made the old-fashioned way: with pen, paper, and a lot of free time. All six issues exist, and many pages are available in color for the first time, ever.
Re-live the adventures of Pete The Junky Duck, The Church of Blasphuphmus (Not Jesus), The C.I.A., yet another mysterious entity named ‘bob,’ and a host of other oddities and text that almost, but not quite, makes compete nonsense.
It’s time to enter The Portal*, available digitally for the first time ever. Enjoy the ’90’s in a way almost no one has ever enjoyed.
The story that inspired BlasphuphmusRadio.com‘s Lost In The Supermarket Compilation! Nine new pieces of writing! The first new publication in four years! The beginning of digital writing, in inconvenient physical and .pdf formats! Available by simply requesting a copy!
At a Halloween Party in 1999, Austin Rich made the mistake of eating a dried date that was handed to him by a mysterious stranger part-way through Jack-Ass Willy’s bluegrass set. Suddenly, Austin found himself in the year 2010, having lost almost 10 years of his life, to find himself in a world very similar to the one he left, but seemed filled with new kinds of savagery, super science, and sorcery.
It’s three years later, and in that time Austin tried to continue his life in the way he’d done before, slowly integrating into this new future world through picking up work as The Office Detective, catching up on comics, TV, movies and books, finding a partner in crime, and studying magic, hoping after each adventure that his next leap will be the leap home.
In it all, the one thing Austin hadn’t returned to was his old habit of making ‘zines about his everyday life. Something was missing. Something incredibly easy to do. Something… pressing.
Join us as we follow a regular publication by The Austin Rich from an alternate timeline. These are serial adventures that are half-fact, half fiction, where the experiences that both I and Earth-2 Austin have are very similar, and yet, different in surprising ways. Each issue is available in both print and digital forms, and offer a return to having a regular publication available from us for discerning readers.
Show reviews! Movie Reviews! Stories about dating and jobs. And the story of The Office Detective!
acronyminc.blogpress.new. Excerpts from the online publication produced by The Earth-2 Austin Rich. “A Don Quixote in search of a Sancho Panza.”
Edition 1.0 (Physical): 20, limited edition print editions, each of which comes with a free download code for Lost In The Supermarket, the compilation based on this very story.
Edition 1.0 (Digital): 20, unique .pdf editions, each of which comes with a free download code for Lost In The Supermarket, the compilation based on this very story.
After a year of dormancy, Austin Rich returns with a new publication that tackles that very question in a somewhat unconventional way. Is it a ‘zine? Mayhaps. 24 pages of exactly what the title suggests, arranged, organized, and categorized, all to get your own brain juices flowin’. Is it Art? Well, only you can make that decision. At 24 pages this textual tidbit is meant to ask (as well as answers) questions about the relationship between artifacts and the ideas they represent. Available electronically, as well as in the old-fashioned paper and ink form. First edition: 100 Copies. Just drop an e-mail, or use the handy link below.
It took a while to get them back from the printer, and then get them folded, and then stapled (thanks unpaid, non-existent staff), but the last batch of Naked Trees are finally ready for public consumption. The first edition is only 100 print copies, so if you didn’t get one originally, or would like a second for the optimal stereo reading experience, now would be an excellent time. While supplies last, even.
Naked Trees Point To The North Star
by Austin Rich
(collected fiction, available in paper or electronic format $6.00 includes shipping)
And be on the lookout for a pair of short ‘zines this summer. Man, we don’t get a break ’round here, do we?
Kids these days, they have no taste. No style. No sense of cool, or even a sense of sanity. I saw this article dissing Jim Jarmusch yesterday, and really felt the need to say something. If I don’t take it upon myself to educate the youth of America, who will?
In reading this review, I feel like the writer has a very different definition of the words, “inscrutable,” “boring,” “pretentious,” and “film.” Which is fine, but it makes me wonder if he’s actually SEEN any of Jarmusch’s work, as in, actually looked at what is on the screen, rather than what he expects to be there. Jarmusch is a very instinctual director, that much is true; but by following film traditions that date from before the birthday of the average PSU student does not make him boring, or inscrutable for that matter. (I might be willing to give you pretentious, provided a dictionary is used for the sake of specificity in future such usages.) Jarmusch’s work has a life and vitality to it that ignore American standards of film making, and tries to incorporate the styles and forms of the long and rich history of the medium. Just because his new movie doesn’t “Kick Ass” the way Ghost Dog did, doesn’t mean it’s meaningless or dull; more than anything, it just means the reviewer might want to check out something other than the typical Regal Cinemas fare more often than he has been.
Yesterday, the Daily Vanguard – the campus MOR paper that isn’t actually a daily – gave a B- review to the movie Robocop (referring to it rather negatively), and also managed to refer to William S. Burroughs as just another “crazy” person. Kids these days. I felt it was my duty to write a letter to the editor, which, sadly, they choose not to print. Fortunately for you, dear reader, I saved a copy:
Dearest Daily Vanguard
RE: Arts & Culture Corrections
I take extreme offense with two things mentioned in the April 15th issue of the Vanguard. First, on page 4, the film Robocop is described as part of the “retro kitsch genre,” and, contrary to popular belief, the title does not, “say it all.” Robocop is a brilliant satire, directed by the Dutch master Paul Verhoeven, and is nothing short of a cinematic masterpiece that has proven itself over, again and again. This film sets the stage for his other incredible social commentaries, Basic Instinct, Starship Troopers, and Showgirls, (all stupendous statements in their own right) and for people with discerning taste and an eye for what was wrong in America circa late ’80’s / early ’90’s, Verhoeven’s films are note-perfect in virtually every way (and telegraphed much of the new comic book / action genre that is popular now). While I appreciate the Vanguard‘s attempt to briefly draw attention to one of the most important films ever made by human beings, the demeaning context and low rating is something you should be ashamed of.
Second: it is unwise for anyone – even in an opinion piece – to refer to a man who owned as many guns as William S. Burroughs did, as “Crazy Person Of The Week.” Even if he is dead now. Trust me, it’s just a bad idea. Not only does this open up a whole can of right-wing, NRA issues that can’t possibly be resolved in any single issue of the Vanguard, but personalities like Burroughs tend to attract lots of fans, who all own lots of guns. Do the math; I attribute my longevity so far to Ginger Ale twice daily, and saying only nice things about people who own lots of guns. Call me crazy, but that’s how I plan to survive into the 22nd Century.
Many of you have probably noticed that I haven’t been very social recently. Here’s one of the reasons why.
Part Novel, part ‘Zine, part essay & part Short Fiction, Naked Trees Point To The North Star is my newest creation, and is available now for the first time ever, in both print and electronic forms! That’s right: now you can enjoy the heady thrill of reading, be it through printed text on paper, or the PDF reader of your choice!
Over 90 pages of text spanning time, space, genre & believability are presented within. Comedy, tragedy, wordplay & abject misery are presented in twelve interlocking stories, culled from the last several years of work, creating a dense and unwieldy collection of prose no mortal can resist!
Additional features include:
A.C.R.O.N.Y.M., Inc.’s Newly Patented “Thought-Experiment Soundtrack”A List of featured content, corresponding to accompanying page numbers, allows for ease of use when looking for a particular piece of text!A Single Page Of Meta-Text allows you to know everything you ever wanted to know, from that pesky copyright notice, to production information… free of charge!
Occasional images break up the English-Language content! Truly a wonder for the visual senses!
Available with or without staples!
Hundreds of obscure references are contained within, making Wikipedia a virtual necessity while reading! (Pun intended!)
It’s all here, with over 40,000 other carefully selected and arranged words, making this the largest project of this kind ever attempted by the author.
If the leisure-pursuit activity of your choice includes the decoding & ingesting of the written word for the sheer enjoyment of mental exercise, then this is a book you can use to that end!
Naked Trees Point To The North Star. It’s my new book. I’m really proud of it. Check it out!
(Product Information: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ staplebound. 96 Pages, black & white, with images. Electronic or print versions. The later is free with purchase of the former, and vice versa. Send orders to: firstname.lastname@example.org or 2595 Brooks Ave. NE / Salem OR 97301.)
Read what other readers are writing about this book! (Very meta!)
“It was really good! I’m not much of a literary critic, all I know is I enjoyed reading the stories a lot.”
– Karly Rich, paid family member. (I swear, the check’s in the mail!)
“I liked it! A title is a very important component. No phrase was left unspun, and a great job of writing the ‘fairer sex.’ To Be Concerned is Good is my favorite; I thought the boss’ typo-laden letters were hilarious.”
– Lans Nelson, local female & paid staff member.
“It was a weird reading experience; there’s such an odd mix of humor and despair, intelligence and bafflement, acceptance and frustration, kindness and desperation. Very hard to characterize!”
– Heidi Stauber, Austin’s High School English Teacher, who has received no financial compensation for this statement… yet.
It has been a while, yes, I know, but I finally produced a new ‘zine to help quell the summer malaise: “Today I Learned Everything There Is To Learn.” In 2005, I acquired a camera, and while I’ve taken some amateur photos before, I found myself enjoying the sport quite a bit, and soon (read: over the next three years) I’d taken an assortment of pictures I felt were ready for the public.
Included in this mini-‘zine are 24 photos w/ captions that highlight my favorite images from that time span. If you would like a copy, all you have to do is ask: send me an e-mail with your physical address included, and your very own paper-bound replica will arrive on your doorstep, at no cost to you! It’s the perfect way to utilize that ancient mailbox on your porch, and enjoy a new A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. product at the same time! Alternatively, you can also hit me up when you see me around town, as I will most likely have a copy on-hand, and will gladly give you one anyway, even if you haven’t asked for one. (Cash donations / trade / etc. will also be accepted, but are not necessary.)
Order Today! Supplies are limited! “Today I Learned Everything There Is To Learn.” A new photo-‘zine by Austin Rich.
NEW PUBLICATION FROM A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. Publishing IS NOW AVAILABLE!For the past 10 Years, A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. Publishing has been my brainchild and sole outlet for me to distribute my own (and other people’s) writing to the world around me. In that time I’ve produced almost 40 publications and litterally 1000’s of pages of the written word. While it never occured to me that I’d be doing something like this when I started, about a year ago I resolved to collect samples of my writing from these publications in an attemnpt to paint a textual picture of my particular artistic vision.
And now it’s done!
A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. I.t.’s. N.o.t. J.u.s.t. A. W.o.r.d. A.n.y.m.o.r. 10-Year Anniversary Retrospective! (March, 1993 — March, 2003) is now available! Covering my writing from the last 10 years and spanning all of my own ‘zines, what quickly began as a “sampler” of my writing is now a nearly 200 page book containing biographical information, photos, cover galleries, and writing from other sources as well. (Some of which has never seen print in any publication… ever!) The first print run is complete and is limited to 100 copies (each copy is numbered), so now is the perfect time to place an order.
I am currently in the process of setting up a page all about the publication on the web-page (and hopefully I’ll be able to set up a pay-pal account by then), but in the meantime checks, money-orders and cash are (and always have been) accepted. This book is retailing for $10 (add $4 for shipping since this book is pretty heavy… it weighs over 16 ounces… if you’re outside the US the shipping will be more, in which case you should contact me via e-mail and I can get shipping estimates based on where you’re from, etc.). While this is quite a lot more than the single dollar each previous ‘zine has gone for, keep in mind you’re paying for nearly 10 years of material clocking in a just under 200 pages of text (on 8 1/2″ x 11″ pages, no less!). What we ask for in cost we more than make up for in content. Please allow at least 1 week to get orders out to people, considering that I’m printing, collating, folding, stapling & (if necessary) shipping every order myself. These things take time.
Feel free to contact me with any questions you have, and spread the word! I appreciate everything everyone has done for me in the last 10 years, and one of the biggest has been the word of mouth and kind words people have had for me in the past. It’s that kind of attitude that makes me want to loose money on a project like this more often.
Keep your eyes peeled for more A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. news this summer… big things are afoot!
For the first time since the original release in April of 2003 – which was only available as a limited run at the time, and then disappeared completely shortly thereafter – our 10-Year Anniversary Retrospective is now available again! This 8 1/2″ x 11″, magazine-sized publication is over 180 pages of A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. related text and images from the early days of this humble publication.
Containing excerpts from High School publications, all my one-shots, and material from the two regularly-produced publications (A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. & I’d Buy That For A Dollar), this monster of a publication is available in its second edition physically (print on demand), and for the first time ever, digitally!
Half biography, and half “best-of,” this collections was one of the last things I assembled before I turned toward school and radio in a very big way. While much of the material makes me flinch now, this collection took nearly a year to write and assemble, and then experienced a very short shelf-life before it went out of print later that same year. Technology and time-constraints have prevented me from getting this back into print, so we are extremely excited to offer this again, and for digital readers, for the first time!
If you are the kind of person that likes to watch someone stumble and stagger during their earliest days of wrestling with the written word – and more importantly, if you enjoy people who put their feet in their mouths on a regular basis – then this is the publication for you!
A collaborative zine ‘zine produced by Jesse X (of Ramen City USA), Lyra Cyst (of Plasma Whore), who all lived together in The Blitzhaus in Eugene, OR. This was a party favor for the final party, featuring a live performance by Mondale.
“Remastered” from high-quality scans of the source material.
(Essay / Collage black & white print or color electronic versions available 4.5″ x 3.66″, staple bound)
For many years I worked in a Mall. (First, at Gateway in Springfield, OR, and then at the Lloyd Center here in Portland.) I wrote this ‘Zine one day, at the Mall, to help vent some frustrations, and looking at it now it’s held up pretty well. Now it can be yours, and electronic purchases are in COLOR for the first time ever! Be the first on your block to know all about the enclosed shopping center that is near and dear to us all.
(Essay / Collage color electronic version available 5.5″ x 8.5″)
Soylent Green & Olaf D. Neeper are actually Austin Rich & Syd Louse (of Cathead). This relic from 1995 was assembled in “merely two hours,” fueled by coffee and our increasingly psychedelic views of the world around us. This one is worth the price for the Nixon Collage alone.
(Essay / Collage color electronic version available 5.5″ x 8.5″)
Spurned on by a fan who wrote in to receive their free plastic spoon (stolen from McDonalds, late at night I might add), we went ahead and created a second issue, this time with Garl P. Snodgrass (kiisu d’salyss) in tow. The M.O. is pretty much the same, except this issue contains a few different versions of Pete The Junky Duck (for no discernible reason, I might add).