Series Archives: 3-Cent Magazine

DM Fraser responds to Margaret Atwood in 1974

Part 3 of 5 in the series 3-Cent Magazine

In place of feeling, we’re served a smorgasbord of leftover sentimentalities topped with cheap ironies like stale whipped cream; in place of thought, a catalogue of lnformation Canada platitudes; in place of reasoned political analysis, an undigested lump of anti-American rhetoric no self-respecting paranoiac would lay claim to. And, at the end, we have a cop-out even in terms of the novel itself: another of those weary reconciliations in which, god help us, Revolt is snuffed out in the great damp blanket of lnstant Transcendence. Women take note: the message here, what Surfacing at last comes down to, is that Woman’s place really is, after all, with her Man, just as long as he’s a Canadian : “he may have been sent as a trick. But he isn’t an American, l can see that now; he isn’t anything, he is only half-formed, and for that reason l can trust him.”

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Know when it’s over

Part 4 of 5 in the series 3-Cent Magazine

4 of 5 posts in 3-Cent MagazineAfter seven and a half years, and 117 issues, we put the 3-cent magazine to rest with a final monster edition of 24 pages, a length equivalent to 6 regular issues and intended to recognize outstanding subscriptio balances. The Last Issue was dated 20 January 1980, Sunday of the […]

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Do the math

Part 2 of 5 in the series 3-Cent Magazine

2 of 5 posts in 3-Cent MagazineBy our own calculations we had in the course of seven years spent $65,000 in the Marble Arch beer parlour, the equivalent of 130,000 glasses of beer. We had printed a total of 117,000 copies of the magazine, half a million pages of literary writing, we had perfected the […]

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Use the technology

Part 1 of 5 in the series 3-Cent Magazine

By our own calculations we had spent $65,000 in the Marble Arch beer parlour, the equivalent of 130,000 glasses of beer. We had printed a total of 117,000 copies of the magazine, half a million pages of literary writing, we had perfected the financial management technique that we had named 100% Loss Financing. And we had launched the 3-Day Novel Contest, which is still thriving today, in its pages.

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Launch a 3-cent magazine

Part 5 of 5 in the series 3-Cent Magazine

The idea for a four-page magazine emerged on an otherwise idle afternoon when we discovered that you could get 5,000 words onto an 8.5 by 11 inch piece of paper in 5 point type if you weren’t too picky about margins.

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