Street Directory Obsession – The Past – Psychobabble
If it has been a little quiet here, it is because I have been writing a lot on my other blog, Biblioburbia. I’ve been visiting public libraries around Sydney and writing about what I find there, the suburb, people, books, coincidences, digressions, anything that seems interesting. My most recent excursion was to Merrylands, and I spent a good while looking at the street directories in the Merrylands library and musing upon them.
Then today, while trying to tidy the hundreds of zines I have in my bookcase in no order whatsoever, I found one of my old Psychobabble zines. This was the first zine I made, which I started in 1996 when I was a teenager, and made 20 issues of at a rapid pace before calling it quits in 1998. Despite being over so quickly, this zine made quite an impact, in fact people still tell me how much they loved it. While it is slightly to my chagrin, in a kind of “I only like the early stuff” way, when I look back on them, in all their messy silliness, I appreciate the way the writing (and therefore me, I guess) grabs at the world at the things in it. I am also surprised how little my interests have changed.
These pages, about street directories, were in one of the later Psychobabbles, and are here reproduced in their scratchy glory. This would have been written in 1998, but all these streets still exist, so it is, in a way, still current, although people possibly don’t think of Nirvana in the same way.
Now, remember to take a deep breath and stay calm as you slowly return to the present. I don’t think I even thought 2011 would ever come around when I wrote this.
Now tell me, what is your favourite street name?