By Kyle Bravo
Bloomington, Indiana: Microcosm Publishing
Dimensions: 8.5 in x 5.5 in
Binding: perfect bound
Color: color cover, b&w throughout
Edition size: unknown
Microcosm is one of our favorite independent publishing houses. We love it when they make books like this that compile many zines into one great resource. We also love the fact that this publication is half-letter size.
Microcosm says of this book:
New 3rd Edition! Kyle Bravo has assembled his HOW2 zines into a comprehensive book along with dozens of other instructional articles that tell you how to do...just about everything. Topics include getting active, direct action, gardening, making a woodstove, solar box cooker, egg replacer, how to make wine, homebrewing, liberated lifestyles, squats, homeschooling, fixing a toilet, audio phone patch, how to make envelopes, shoe repair, silk screening, making rubber stamps, how to juggle, magic tricks, making puppets, how to patch your clothes, putting utensils on your keychain, how to sing, bird feeders, how to play guitar, putting out records, billboard improvement, how to fix your bike, basic car maintenance, building a bike cart, how to take pride in your body, how to sexually stimulate your partner, diy birth control, how to handle an overdose, self defense, knowing your rights, how to live a more fulfilling life, unschooling, starting a fire with friction, making glue from pine sap, making rope, wild food, natural remedies, fire logs from newspapers, rubbing alcohol campstove, composting, diy toothpaste, getting rid of fruit flies, greywater systems, composting toliets, making hanging and floating tents, saving money at the post office, making posters and stencils, packing for tours, places to dumpster dive, making a tape wallet, building a cart-bike, cleaning stamps, blockprinting, fixing a harmonica, diy flowerpots, avoiding dangerous household chemicals, preventing ear infections, how women can pee standing up, menstrual massages, and a few pieces for inspiration. I'm sure you can see by now why this is essential.
Read what others have to say about this book:
Now here's an exciting compilation that makes a whole lot of sense! Divided into 18 sections, what you get is 115 "how to" articles of which Kyle Bravo himself contributes 17! My midwife picked the book up off my desk not only because of the book's title, but because of the colorful, artfully drawn cover. Thumbing through, she saw plenty she was interested in learning to do herself and wanted to know how to get her own copy. My Mother-in-law's husband, who we affectionately refer to as "The Energy Saver" is also planning on getting himself a copy. Already a sensibly frugal, outdoors mountaineer kind of guy, he was immediately drawn into the book because of the amount and variety of articles. I mention these two examples [to demonstrate] this book's wide appeal, reaching far beyond the punk DIY subculture. In a mainstream, corporate culture that has yet again co-opted and turned inside out a subcultural phenomenon, in this case the term DIY, reaching far beyond the punk DIY subculture while staying true to the spirit and motivation from which DIY hails is a fantastic feat. Beyond simply practical and useful information, this is an entertaining, fun, and inspirational collection of folk knowledge that resonates with passionate DIY spunk. It's from real people, not corporate "DIY article" copywriters at Martha Stewart's magazine who play it safe and smooth out the edges. In this book, you won't find shopping lists telling you exactly what to buy and where to buy it alongside instructions telling you exactly how the finished product should look and feel when you're done. This book inspires ingenuity and creativity.
-Maximum Rock n Roll, #273
By Kyle Bravo