In 2007, THE2NDHAND coeditor C.T. Ballentine toured with the Chicago band 1997, intending to pen a novelistic account of the tour. In the intervening months, circumstances both monetary and creative intervened to keep the project from becoming a reality. Nonetheless, Ballentine garnered much gunpowder from the experience, and his explosive distillation of the lot is here, in this Feb. 2010 first in our mini-broadsheet series in 8.5-by-11-inch format. We encourage readers to print pages 1 and 2 on the front and back sides, respectively, of somewhat heavy paper, folding once if desired, and distribute hand-to-hand, DIY style in mini-stacks in your neighborhoods' establishments' bathrooms and other reading-friendly spaces, or however you see fit. For more about the band 1997, visit their site. For more from Ballentine, including his 2006-07 novella "Friedrich Nietzsche Waits for a Date," follow this link. This issue also features a short by longtime THE2NDHAND contributor Doug Milam, author of the wonderful collection Still the Confusion.
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