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Old Dog, New Trix 

Originally published February 27, 2002.

Rael One-Cloud doesn’t want you to know how old she is — “Eek! Can’t I just be twentysomething?” — and she pleads the Fifth when the conversation shifts to money. But she rants and raves about nearly everything else in her long-running Burlington-based zine, Alphabitch Afterbirth.

After six years and 18 issues — a long lifespan in the world of zines and even magazines —Alphabitch remains raw, urgent and imperfect. One-Cloud is doggedly determined to present the universe as she sees it, typos and all, whether she’s writing about the sexual abuse she suffered as a child, publishing a how-to guide on writing porno novels or praising her favorite indie record label.

And like any good zinester, One-Cloud is unafraid of controversy. Even devoted readers will fi nd something offensive. I was shocked —shocked— to find an image of Christ crucified on a cross of erect penises.

But this sort of provocative gesture is exactly what makes Alphabitch worth reading. There’s simply nothing else like it in Vermont.

Rael-One Cloud died last month; a memorial gathering was held at Radio Bean on Saturday, April 2.
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Cathy Resmer

Cathy Resmer

Cathy Resmer is a former staff writer and currently an associate publisher at Seven Days, and is one of the organizers of the Vermont Tech Jam. She's also the Copublisher and Executive Editor of Kids VT, Seven Days' free monthly parenting publication.


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