The Encyclopedia of Doris

Stories, Essays, & Interviews

Cindy Crabb     2011     300p     5 x 7.5

Cindy Crabb has been writing her influential, autobiographical, feminist zine, Doris, since the early ’90s. This new collection offers stories, essays, and interviews from 2001-2011, and it collects issues 19-28 as well as some never before published writings.

Crabb writes with an inspiring level of honesty and compassion, exploring subjects like consent, feminism, abortion, death, self-image, creativity, shyness, queer identity, addiction, and anarchism in ways that embrace the complexities each issue holds. Living in the margins of a society whose ethical priorities she finds abhorrant, Crabb’s journey takes her through the riot grrrl-girl gangs of the mid 90’s. She finds her anger and her singing/screaming voice, finds ways to deal with the loss of her mother due to alcoholism, struggles with her own addiction and mental health issues, helps to start a women and transgender health resource center, lives in shacks and warehouses, and documents it all with a fierce tenderness that draws readers in and holds them gently, allowing them to explore the intricacies of their own lives.

$10-20

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