Get to Know Your Zinester: Research and Destroy New York City

What was your first zine about and when was it made?

A pretty self-indulgent and overwrought one with the word “DEPRESSING” on the front. Not sure exactly when it was made, but it definitely sports the post-9/11 apocalyptic feel, so sometime around then.

Describe your most recent zine.

Cats Hate Cops collects 150 years of newspaper articles about cats attacking police officers. My cat died recently and she had always hated the police, so I made a zine for her. She would hear the sirens off in the distance or hear their walkie talkies down the block and would stop whatever she was doing to go growl at them. She used to hide under the couch when she heard them, but she got braver over the years and started challenging them more…a radical trajectory that matched my own.

Of all the things you’ve ever made, zine-related or otherwise, what’s your one favorite?

I’m really proud of Cats Hate Cops, but that’s probably more just me being really proud of my cat.

Name three of your influences and how they affected your work.

My biggest influences are any of my friends who’ve ever made anything. Also all of my teenage punk heroes who never sold out (not a very long list there). What’s really influenced me over the years is all of the people and institutions that I’ve ever hated, because knowing what I’m against helps me understand better who I am and what I’m about and what I want to accomplish (or what I want to smash and destroy, as it happens).

What do you do when you’re not creating and how does it help or harm what you do artistically?

Zone out a lot. Not sure how helpful it is artistically, but it’s important to be able to just turn off and, you know, forget how awful this world is, even if it’s only for thirty minutes on the subway.

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