Big Brother is Bashful
HOT OFF THE PRESSES! FRESH FROM THE FARM! Trace Ramsey’s Quitter arrived at the Hard Fifty Farm this morning!
Quitter: Good Luck Not Dying, is a pocket-size book collection of Trace Ramsey’s excellent Quitter zine. What do you do when you realize the whole system is chock full of faulty wiring and institutionalized myths? Do you stay behind that desk (whether metaphorical or literal) and burrow into the security of “living in the first world” or do you throw yourself into the wilds? Sometimes it’s not so black and white, and sometimes “cutting ties” requires a privilege and skill-set we don’t have.
In this anthology of Quitter issues 1-6, we see Ramsey battling fear and freedom, history and an uncertain future. There are no hard and fast answers; nothing set in stone besides the guarantee of chaos and troubled waters ahead. Over the course of 64 pages, Trace struggles through life, winning and failing, looking for a better path but not always finding it.
A deeply honest narrative on struggling to break the binds that hold us down, Quitter: Good Luck Not Dying is a devastating, thrilling read; a beautifully written examination of the frustrations and pitfalls of life in the current age.
P.S. If you’re wondering how we were able to put a new book out when we can’t pay our bills, the answer is simple: We have a credit line through our printer and we haven’t paid for printing this yet. We’re banking on our future with this one!
Inside peak into Pioneers Press’ latest arrival, Every Day Failures!
Sarah B.’s debut zine, Every Day Failures, is a powerhouse of devastating storytelling, hilarious relatability, and uncomfortable truth. With candid depictions of depression, sex, disconnection, and (what amounts to) a total nervous breakdown, this zine is a harrowing (and often times very funny) reflection of what a lot of young, low-income, punk parents are struggling with. A graceful, tough, vividly-written piece of work for this new voice, Every Day Failures is a hard read but it’s not without its fighting spirit, and when we see Sarah’s brave side it’s downright inspiring. We can’t wait to see what comes next …
LAWSUIT FUNDRAISER UPDATE!
Huge thanks to everyone who has ordered from us this month, helped spread the word about our upcoming trial in Microcosm Publishing’s meritless lawsuit against us, and for sending us messages of support and encouragement!
I just ran the figures and it looks like we have raised close to $3,000 towards our expenses for this month. We’re so thankful for this progress, but we’ve still got a long way to go. We need $6,000 just to get our family and our lawyer out to Portland and into the courtroom. On top of that we have our normal bare-bones farm expenses (rent, utilities, and supplies for our animal rescues) which averages $1850 a month.
As we’ve said before, we aren’t looking for donations, but if we’ve got a book or zine you’ve been eyeing, we could really use your support right now. To sweeten the deal for you, we’re doing CONTEST MANIA for the month of September.
Everyone who orders from Pioneers Press this month will get entered into a drawing to win one of four $40 Pioneers Press shopping sprees! We’ve already announced one lucky winner and we’ll announce a new winner every Sunday.
AND if you reblog this here plea, we’ll enter you into a contest to win our new titles including Big Diamond, Simple Steps to a Life Less Shitty, and the Good Luck Not Dying book!
Any help, hugs, signal boosts, etc would be much appreciated. We definitely can’t do this alone.
Huge thanks for your ongoing support!
xoxo, Jessie Duke and Pioneers Press
Since I’ve gotten a lot of new followers in the last few weeks, I thought I’d do another introductory post.
I’m Jessie Duke, and I own a publishing house and small-press distro called Pioneers Press. We publish and distribute books that we hope inspire and empower readers to make positive changes in their lives and their community, with a focus on urban and rural homesteading, health and self-care, gender, sexuality, social justice and food movements, and a cruelty-free lifestyle. Pioneers Press is operated from the Hard Fifty Farm, in the living room of a small farm house in Kansas, and is staffed by my family and a couple of my closest friends.
As an extension of our work at Pioneers Press, I’m also the owner and curator of the Hard Fifty Farm Zine Library and Zine Mobile. This project was funded in part by a Rocket Grant, through the Charlotte Street Foundation and the KU Spencer Museum of Art with funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. You can find out more about our zine mobile here.
The Hard Fifty Farm is home to a number of farm animal rescues and animal companions that we support solely with funds from Pioneers Press. Our rescues include goats, sheep, ducks, chickens, cats, pit bulls, and a pig named Hank Williams. We are beginner homesteaders and currently produce about half of the food consumed by our family and our animal friends, and hope to produce even more in the coming years. We are currently in the process of launching a nonprofit, The Normandy Farmstead Organization, to support our work promoting self-sufficiency and food sovereignty and to expand our work with farm animal rescues.
I have two young children, Liam (3.5) and Jack (2). We are a vegan/vegetarian family and are using Montessori/Woldorf inspired teaching methods to homeschool our children. Liam and Jack are the heart of our farm and are both active participants in our homesteading projects and caring for our animals.
If you’re interested in learning more about our story or our work, you can check out this article that our local weekly paper wrote about us. I also write a zine series called “The Hard Fifty Farm" about our experiences as city kids moving to the country to become homesteaders.
Thanks for following me, and for your support!
<3, Jessie Duke
Spent the morning looking at dress patterns to try to find something suitable for a courtroom. My mom and I are hoping to make my clothes for our trial in October in our lawsuit with Microcosm Publishing. If we can’t pull off making something, we’ll be doing the traditional “punk trying to find court clothes at the Goodwill” ceremony. Haven’t broken out my sewing machine in a while, but this seems like just as good a reason as any!
Up the craft punks! Up the farm punks!
Vegan mozzarella balls :). Second try and I finally mastered it!
Oh man, time for a vegan cheese-making day on the farm! This looks incredible.
When my brother jumped from the roof, he wasn’t reflecting on how the uncertainty principle states that we cannot know, at the same instant, both where in space a particle exists and how fast it is moving. He wasn’t thinking that shooting stars are not stars at all, just terminally ill satellites entering and disintegrating within the atmosphere. He wasn’t questioning which axiom was more important: Euclid’s Axiom of Parallels or the more modern Axiom of Choice. Rather, he was full up with methamphetamine and thinking that no one loved him.
120. Catching up on the news. (at East Durham)
I love this SO MUCH. This little reader here (hopefully) enjoying Liam’s Big Diamond is the offspring of Quitter author, Trace Ramsey. Rumor has it she’s working on a zine of her own called “Birds Birds Birds.” Available soon at Pioneers Press. Because kids making zines is our absolute favorite thing right now.
118. Received a package of new zines from Pioneers Press, and they sent me some proofs of the new book. Adam’s note says it is printing this week!
If all goes well, this should be shipping to the Hard Fifty Farm this week! You can preorder your copy here!
looky what came in the mail today! woo!
big diamond is a zine completely made by a lovely almost-four year old kid named liam, made up of photos of his family and some pretty cool star wars wrapping paper.
sad kid solidarity sounded like something i needed. a bunch of sad kids chronicling their days, so the rest of us don’t feel so alone.
the ‘i ♥ tofu’ sticker is a gift for my honey, and the ‘give no fucks’ sticker was gonna be a surprise for my very best friend slowwshoww but i’m not good at secrets. there’s two pins there, too. one just says pioneers press and i think they just sent that one for free, but maybe i ordered it and forgot. the one zoot is grabbin’ at says ‘be body positive’ and that’s for me. definitely for me.
wearepioneerspress is wonderful folks and i super needed this today! thanks forever!
This is so wonderful! We showed this picture to Liam and he said, “A cat on my zine?” and then “I’m a cactus” in a whispery-scary voice and pulled the hood of his green hoodie over his face.
We don’t know what that means either.
Kittens + zines by toddlers = all the cuteness
Got this super rad zine in the mail the other day from one of the little dudes at wearepioneerspress!
If you’ve ever wondered what life is like for a budding photo prodigy/heir to a zine empire living in the middle of butt-nowhere, KS, Big Diamond will give you a pretty good idea. This kid has so much heart it’s unbelievable. He loves everything and everybody, his commentary reflects that, and his photos would be perfectly at home in the pages of Vice or some other hipster rag that prides itself on pictures showcasing “gritty authenticity”. Except Liam is, you know, 3 1/2 years old, and therefore doesn’t know how to be contrived, which makes it even better, because he’s actually authentically authentic and not fake-authentic, commodified-authentic, so-not-punk-rock-authentic. Y’know??
Pick this one up if you like Star Wars, stuff made by kids, photo zines, or looking cool in front of your art school friends. Liam is a treasure. Thanks for the zine, little buddy!
Awww! Baby’s first zine review! Thanks Julia! <3 Liam and Jessie