We have been discussing the pricing of the print edition of Birkensnake. When we started Birkensnake in 2008 we did not sit down and think, OK, the crystallized social labor fixed in each copy plus operating costs equals price. We just thought we wanted to make it affordable and $4 seemed affordable. So we sold the first four issues for $4. The $4 has nothing to do with how many hours we spend producing Birkensnake or how much money we spend on things like paper and ink and thread and glue and Super 77. Lately we started wondering why we charge $4 at all. To offset our expenses just a little? To participate in the zine market so bookstores will carry Birkensnake on consignment? To equate Birkensnake in some way with the money form because money has acquired totemic power and people are suspicious of anything free? It became clear to us that we should either charge much more for Birkensnake or charge nothing. We have opted for nothing. Birkensnake 5 is priced at $0. As with the previous issues of Birkensnake we spent a long time making every copy of Birkensnake 5 by hand (with the help of many indefatigable comrades) and we feel excited by the stories we’re publishing. If you want to support Birkensnake by donating any amount of dollars at any time we support your doing that. We’d definitely appreciate financial help as we continue to come up with weird and unexpectedly expensive ways of printing awesome writing. We just started feeling silly putting a price tag on something as caustic to late capitalism and its glossy literatures as Birkensnake. Also we forgot to print a price on the cover.
All the other issues are free now too.
Now that you have read that Birkensnake is free, you may be disappointed to learn that we do not actually have any copies left. We gave them all away. We leave the above text for the time being because some people have linked to it, and because we may one day have more Birkensnakes to give away.
Donations are appreciated. You can donate via Paypal, or, if you are Paypal-free, you can send a check to Joanna Ruocco:950 Downing Street #6, Denver CO 80218
Donations will be used to make Birkensnake 6. If you are interested in seeing an extravagant Birkensnake 6, you should donate a great deal of money. We are generally suspicious of money but we will understand your donation as a token of love.