Back in the early ’90s, when I was doing a zine called “Going Gaga,” I did an issue on drug experiences called “The Poison is in the Dosage.” It was an audiozine that came inside of a hollowed out paperback book inside of a ziplock bag. It seemed like a cool idea at the time, but we ended up having to hollow out over 100 paperbacks. It was a freakin’ nightmare. I did nothing but hack n’ slash yellowing pulp fiction for days on end. I cajoled my housemates into slicing up books, anyone who came over was pressed into service. The sight of X-Acto knives in my hand made everyone remember they suddenly had something really pressing to do.
This “Secret Hollow Book” project on How To Do Stuff brings back memories, horrible, bleeding-papercut memories. Probably not so bad if you just do ONE book. And the gluing of the pages together first is a good idea. I guess I learned that the poison IS in the dosage and I WAY over-imbibed.