This zine also provides questions & suggestions & thoughts on How to Be A Good Friend to Crazyfolk. I write about how to hang out with us & talk with us & support us while we are in the hospital, and getting over fears and/or assumptions about life on the psych ward. And I talk about how to do all these things on the outside as well, in our daily lives, and I write some brief notes on self-care both for crazyfolk and for our pals.
There is also a little bit about being 300 hundred days sober, and the idea, borrowed from 12-step groups, of Clean-Time vs. Recovery-Time (the former of which means how many days clean/sober/whatever, the latter of which is a more complicated and nuanced idea of self-care & spirituality & actually changing your daily life and whatnot). And on the topic of quitting things, I also talk about how me and a friend of mine are learning how to quit the internet (or at least spend way less time online and more time enjoying real life), and encouraging our pals to do the same.
EXERPT: “While I acknowledge and am grateful for having the privilege of access to information and resources that led me to become a feminist, a queer, a weirdo, a genderqueer, a genderqueerdo, a radical person, and a delightfully crazy person, I am also exhausted with having to explain what each of those words mean and why they are relevant and meaningful in my life. People have been writing about all of these things, and more, since before I was born, so why is it still so new? Even in so-called queer communities, feminist communities, safe/r spaces (no such thing), I need to give the 101 talks, I need to try to erase the assumptions about who I am or live with them quietly and ragingly.”
Telegram #24 is quarter-sized, 24 pages, cut&paste, text-heavy.
P.S.: Yes, I recently altered the title of my zine! Explanations are within the zine, as well as on my blog at marandaelizabeth.com. Basically, I no longer identify as female, and writing under a gendered title makes me feel alienated, unsafe, and uncomfortable.
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