Friends & Strangers, Near & Far

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Title: Friends & Strangers, Near & Far
Publisher: Jane Freitag
Date(s): around 1980
Medium: print
Fandom: filks
Language: English
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Friends & Strangers, Near & Far is a gen 50-page filk, poetry, and art zine. Contributors include Barbara Gordon, Ruth Kurz, T. Hehne, Jane Freitag, Trinette Kern, E. Tripp, L. Scharf, and more.

It contains all the words and music/guitar chords for the songs on the tape, It's Time to Fly Again.

Reactions and Reviews

"Marilyn asked me to review Friends & Strangers, Near & Far which is like asking a junk-food junky to evaluate a gourmet meal. I love bawdy limericks, for example, and Jane Freitag has nary a one in her collection of filk songs, poetry, and art work. Her lyrics are sentimental and uplifting. The lives she depicts are idealized. "Come with me the future's waiting. Do not stand there hesitating," she writes in her "Call of Tomorrow". Most of her poems echo this invitation. My favorite piece by Jane, though, is the humorous one entitled "Redundant" in which she takes a few pot shots at Star Trek cliches. Two other poems seemed particularly noteworthy: "Luke's Tragedy" by Debra Braun Anderson and "Twas the Night Before Plak Tow" by Beth Lentz. Needless to say, the two pieces had nothing in common except that each appealed to me." [1]


  1. from Spin Dizzie #5