tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE Releases Rare SMILE Zine Material

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The current Neoism revival is generating related interest in SMILE: a premier zine from the Age of Zines closely aligned with the international Neoist effort that had a nascence in the 1980s and into the 90s.

tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE has launched a website – a fascinating extension of his voluminous documentation and commentary on Neoism – focusing specifically on the SMILE phenom, and – very important – variants and sources that contributed to SMILE. The names and exploits of those associated with various permutations of SMILE chronicle an era.

Given the de-centered and collaborative nature of the SMILE publishing model, a complete history of the zine is likely to take some time and will require a collaborative effort involving many individuals. This gargantuan effort by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE, by no means complete, is an invaluable contribution to the historicization of a cultural impulse notoriously resistant to conventional analysis and documentation.

The fact that tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE was a witness to and sometimes central player in both Neoism and aspects of SMILE also make this specific archival project unique and absorbing. Obviously multi-talented, tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE is a gifted writer. His commentary and descriptions of SMILE are as engaging as the rare images that can be found on the site. This is a project worth exploring and following as it evolves.

Here is the link to tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE’s SMILE site:


Thanks to Borderline Grafix in Texas, MinXus-Lynxus has done several SMILE postings in the past:




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