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"Most of the passersby ignore her as they hustle toward the nearby Ferry Building or into offices. But every once in a while, one of them notices Riddle's stand. Their stride will suddenly slow, they cock their heads to the side, and some take a step toward the stand to peer at the titles. Riddle, bundled in an orange scarf, smiles as she tries to describe the expression on their faces. 'They kind of look as though their whole world is turning upside down and changing in front of them,' Riddle says. It's a slight exaggeration, but not far from the truth. Some of the people doing double-takes really do look as if they've never seen a newsstand before. To be fair, it's not just any newsstand: This is The Grand Newsstand, an outlet that specializes in self-published art and underground print publications."
"Zines are an acquired taste, like single-malt Scotch whisky, but they are addictive, and there are those who love them. Some say the first zine was Thomas Paine's Common Sense, a tiny, rough publication that helped start the American Revolution."
"Proprietor Courtney Riddle sells zines she's found at festivals, on her travels, and through word-of-mouth. If you're not familiar with zines, think of them as sort of an old-timey blog on actual paper. 'That's what I like about zines,' Riddle said. 'You can have any type of background or experience, as long as you have something to say.'"