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04 May 2010 @ 01:38 pm
Donor Spotlight: Felix Endara  
Barnard Library's Zine Collection is growing thanks to the donations of generous zinesters and zine alumni. Former (boo hoo!) zine intern Rhonda Kauffman interviewed Felix Endara, who donated many 1990s vintage zines the library...

Barnard Zine Library: How long have you been making zines? Do you still make zines? Why/why not?
Felix Endara: I made my zine, CHICA LOCA, for about 2-3 years in the early 1990s. I don't make any anymore. I became very busy and moved on to other more mainstream (if you will) forms of creative self-expression (i.e., film).

BZL: What zines have you written and what was your motivation for writing them?
FE: CHICA LOCA--mainly because I felt isolated and wanted to share my experience and make friends.

BZL: How long have you been collecting zines? What types of zines have you been collecting/reading?
FE: I collected them for the same period I was making them--about 3-4 years, back in the early 1990s. My favorite ones were of the riot grrrl genre. I met a lot of friends that way.

BZL: How long have you been collecting zines? What types of zines have you been collecting/reading?Do you have any favorites or ones you couldn't wait to appear in your mailbox?
FE: Hmmm...not really. I'd go to punk rock shows or zine stores and browse, then purchase.

BZL: How long have you been collecting zines? What types of zines have you been collecting/reading?What made you decide to donate your collection to Barnard?
FE: I wanted a good home for them, a repository that would take care of them, in climate control and would catalog them. (I used to work in an archive, so I knew that these were good institutions for the care of documents and print materials.)

BZL: How long have you been collecting zines? What types of zines have you been collecting/reading?Why do you feel it's important to make your collection available to others in a library and archival setting?
FE: Zines are historical, cultural documents. They speak about a particular, important moment in time. I wanted researchers 20, 30 years from now to be able to read what I was reading and collecting because these are valuable materials.