We appreciate you choosing Zine El General – the newest and first zine from the minds of Benjamin Bradlington and the artsy Kristen Jade. Blogs, zines, and writers of today seem hell bent on specializing in their niche – cars, sewing, desserts, philanthropy, et cetera. Good for them! We have many interests. Cars are cool, but so are bikes and our own legs. Sewing is awesome, but no more cool than some glue and scrap paper, or an afternoon spent crocheting. Desserts are sweet, right? Well, what about a breakfast sandwich. It’s a pretty legit combination. The best meal of the day meets practicality. Furthermore, and this might be the best point of my young writing career – so pay attention – who needs desserts when our world is blessed with muffins? Muffins are oddly similar to a dessert item, but without the stigma. No one’s hurling disparaging remarks your way about the sweetness of your teeth while you are eating a bran muffin. And, philanthropy is the shit (totally a good thing in this context), but Keynesian economics is okay, too. Look around you, what hasn’t the private sector provided us? Yeah, maybe you are right. Philanthropy deserves it’s own blogs, zines, and writers – it’s markedly superior to pretty much everything – well, except muffins. Christ! Did someone say epiphany? Muffins equal philanthropy!
El General loves music, cheese, the color orange, chalupas, water, crayons, provinces, parties, tea, and pretty much everything. I guess we are not terribly fond of guns or the current state of politics in Arizona, but we’ll weigh in on it.
A former boss told me, “we don’t do introductions.” Still another told me, “first impressions are the most important things you can give people.” It is El General’s belief that both those bosses were full of shit. We do introductions. We also think vaccinations are more important than first impressions. Adios, polio! It is just one of the many things more important than first impressions. So, if you aren’t a fan of…. wait, another boss told me you never apologize before you begin – sets a low standard. Here it is. El fucking General. Yeah, we do that. We’ll probably use the C word, too. Deal!
Our promise to you: El General will write what we wish. If you like it: great!
Zine el General is proudly produced in Bloomington, Indiana, USA.