By Gabriel Darling
I have a hard time deciding who I would date or marry, The New Yorker or The New York Times. Both know how to woo me so deeply and well.
The New York Times is a dozen red roses and chocolates over and over again with each turn of the page – such beautiful and subtle magic capturing the senses! So rich for sight and smell, tactile efforts woven together with carefully crafted and edited phrases.
The New Yorker, gee, it’s simultaneously the young and engorged buck with Grecian godlike features whilst managing to be the stately older, power driven intellectual you always were randy about in an effortless sort of way, that managed to both build you a bookcase and do the laundry in the same day!
However, crushes, that’s a different story entirely.
The Dvorak zine is so cute, informative, and twee, I have this hopeful crush on it. Additionally, I have a crush on one of the Dvorak zine contributors – Gabe Carleton-Barnes (GCB).
Reasons why the Dvorak zine is the cat’s meow! – and miaow!
The Dvorak zine was presented to me as a traditional paper zine. One can find an online web comic thanks to the Dvorak Zine Team. The zine illustrates rather nicely the development of the typewriters, keyboards, and key placements. Moreover, it explains how convenient and easy the Dvorak simplified keyboard is to use. The zine appreciates, promotes, and rallies behind elegant design.
It’s a great zine about a seriously efficient, quirky innovator that is so often overlooked – misunderstood genius or someone before his time? I admire a new and different approach to ordinary situations and circumstances. “QWERTY! What’s that!?” LOL
It is refreshing to see a visionary cling tenaciously to an idea that makes so much sense.
A man, a plan, and a simplified keyboard….
Well, not exactly a palindrome…but it has a snappy tone to it.
Gabe Carlton-Barnes, or GCB, as his friends call him, is one of the contributor to the Dvorak zine.
GCB – PDX based individual and one time Brooklyn resident – has only crossed my path twice. Gabe has always been gracious, kind, and caring…and eerily maintained a pristine, creamy, smooth complexion and a wry grin.
Gabe is a fine young gentleman and is a credit to his gender. The second time I met GCB was in Brooklyn at some arcade bar establishment. He arrived with Aaron Renier at an advantageous moment – advantageous to and for me. I was somehow in some awkward conversation with a creepy guy – who shall remain nameless lest your readers know whom said uncomfortable personage is….
It truly was refreshing and exhilarating to run into some parts of home (PDX) so far away on the East Coast … (Brooklyn, remember…)
I’ve met some Gabriels in my time, but Gabe, GCB, is an amazing individual that provided scintillating conversation and was able to expound on his zine work and mix in an incredibly funny and caring gaggle of smiling and unassuming faces.
It doesn’t hurt that we share a first name. I’m always partial to meeting other Gabriels – see if they sparkle as we banter.
I have a fondness for typewriters and keys…so, Dvorak zine GCB, you spin a glorious yarn and I’m glad you and your amigos brought the comfort of Portland raw dampness and moist graces to my BK (Brooklyn) night out.
This zine crush is for you GCB – Gabe Carlton-Barnes!