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Negative Capability #5 is 68 ad-free pages of humor, invective, anger, sweetness and something to offend the entire family. In a word: uncompromising.
Negative Capability #5 is 68 ad-free pages of humor, invective, anger, sweetness and something to offend the entire family. In a word: uncompromising.
Negative Capability #5 is 68 ad-free pages of humor, invective, anger, sweetness and something to offend the entire family. In a word: uncompromising.
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Negative Capability is a paper zine that has been sporadically published since 1998. The new issue has been in production for almost six years now and it's almost ready for the printer. It is 68 full-sized pages, all of it designed in color using all of the skills I have learned from 20 years in pre-press and a lifetime of writing. In order to do the kind of work that is truly free of commercial restraints, there are no ads, no compromises, no models, no subscriptions and absolutely nothing that your parents would approve of. I plan to finish the final editing and proofreading and then send it to a printer. All money raised would go directly to the printer so that the zine can be printed offset, like all previous issues have been. There are free samples of the upcoming issue as well as back issues available at http://www.negcap.com. You can also contact me directly by sending an e-mail to josh[at]negcap.com.

Most of your questions can be answered by either this copy or by the video, but if you still have questions, feel free to post your question or comment in the appropriate section. As you can see from the video, I strive to do professional level work with absolutely no money. The video and the zine took a long time to produce but the only cost was our time and energy.

Here's what you will find in Negative Capability #5, coming in 2010.

The Pinnacle of Cynical [editorial that brings you up to date]
On Breeding (in 2 parts):
Dumber Than a Dog and My Name is Not Nick [since the last issue I had 2 kids]
Did You Know????? [true facts that will delight and amuse]
Callback [inside jokes]
The Greatest Movies You've Never Seen [my survey of some great unknown movies]
The Dickstein Chronicles: Our Love Was a Living Thing and I Killed It [my friend John Dickstein sends me crazy letters about his messed up life and I put it all together into a cohesive narrative]
Putting on a Tit Show [a discussion about how seeing cleavage can help you live longer]
Are You Homophobic? [a very funny quiz that can help you identify your own sexuality]
Menage a Mini-Rant™ [all-new Mini-Rants™ from me, my wife and our friend Natasha]
Beating the Horse that Has Already Died [settling scores and beating down the deserving]
Karoshi: Book 2 [detailing my horrible work experiences]
Fuck Rick Springfield [Seriously. Fuck him.]
A.D.D. Movie Reviews [very short reviews of movies, there's a sample in the video]
How to Jew a Dime Out of a Nickel: A Public Service (it's ok, I am Jewish, it's a humor zine, remember?) [a very useful article about how to make your money go further]
Robbing Charity [an essay wherein I admit things that most people would afraid to think, much less print in a zine]
Novel Ambitions [a few chapters of a novel, a short story and the literary analysis]
Reader Mail (the best 2 letters I got in the last 5 years)
Plus Lots More

If I end up exceeding my goal, I will add pages in color and up the print run so I can make more copies.

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    Upon completion of the project, you will receive a hi-res PDF of the entire zine as single pages and as two-page spreads. You can then print your own copy at home or enjoy the quality and full-color goodness on your favorite ebook reader. You will also receive a personal thank you on the web version of this issue where it will say, This issue brought to you by

    and then your name will appear. This will add years to your life. Also, as a free gift, I clicked on that link you always see about "the secret to adding inches to your manhood." I can save you the money. The secret is Photoshop.

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    You get the 2 PDFs listed above as well as a colorized PDF of the very rare and out of print Negative Capability #1. Most importantly, you will get a printed copy of the Negative Capability #5 and that includes free shipping. In addition, you will also get the audiozine Misfit Toys, which features me reading stories from the zine with sound effects, samples and original music, fiction set to music, parodies, an interview with me done in a hushed NPR-style and an interview with serial killer Ed Kemper just to creep you out.

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    You get everything above but I will also sign #5 and also include a signed copy of the back issue of your choosing while supplies last [except for #1, which will be available as a super premium].

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    This is for anyone outside the United States because postage is so expensive. If you are not in the US and you want a paper copy mailed & PDFs, e-mailed, simply pledge $20 and you will get both sent to you wherever you are in the world. If you are outside the US and pledge less than $20, we'll have to make arrangements for the postage afterwards. So, you'll get everything above sent anywhere in the world, basically.

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    You get everything above plus you will receive signed copies of #2, #3 and #4 while supplies last as well as a copy of the Great Profanity Debate, a very rare one-off zine I did with Alden Scott Crow. We debate the role and use of profanity in writing, and obviously, I am fucking PRO when it comes to profanity. As a special bonus, I will also include a copy of the NegCap DVD, which includes some public readings from previous editions.

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    You get everything listed above as well as a very rare Negative Capability T-shirt, only available in black. It features the mug shots of Larry King and Bill Gates with the tag line, "Negative Capability says put them back where they belong.... JAIL!!" There are less than 10 of these shirts left in the world, so you can get it while supplies last.

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    You get everything above as well as a signed copy of Negative Capability #1 (there are less than 15 copies left in the world), plus you will also a poster-size print of the covers of Negative Capability #4 AND I will also throw in one original negative from NegCap#1. That issue was offset printed and when the job was done, I got all the film back so each page is like an original animation cel for the first issue of the zine. Not only are these incredibly rare, I have never offered them to anyone before and there are only 48 different pages. If you have a specific page that you would like, please feel free to request it along with your pledge, but I have to do it first come, first served.

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    I can only do this for one very generous person. I have something for the back cover that is basically an ad for my various creative projects. If someone pledges $1,000 or more, I will let them put whatever they want on the back cover, so long as it's not kiddie porn or something like that. It could be a promotion for something of yours, or just a personal message, that will be part of my zine forever (I always donate copies to zine libraries, reading rooms and anywhere that sounds vaguely anti-social but wants donations). If someone pledges this much (and I am not seriously thinking it will happen) we can talk about what the back cover will be and I can help do the design. It will be in four-color and printed on 10pt card stock, glossy inside and out. This could be a romantic way to propose to that special someone. Or maybe you want to write a fan letter to Mel Gibson. That's on you, bub.

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