Scissors and Spackle – “The Gifts I Received”

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“The Gifts I Recieved” is a story that’s both hilarious and heartbreaking, and it’s about a young man’s relationship with his arguably strange mother. The story was published in the first issue of Scissors and Spackle, and unfortunately the publication has not survived the 7 years since. That said, I hustled this magazine because I didn’t know any other way. I purchased dozens of copies from the editor at cost, and distributed them through local Santa Cruz publications. I backpacked these issues to friends and at parties. I still don’t really know how to publicize, but this was a fun attempt.


Check out my write up on the Bookshop Santa Cruz website and feel free to let me know if anything has been left out of the Ben Leib bio – it doesn’t, for example, mention how handsome I am.


This magazine was, for a time, also found on the shelves of Logos Books & Records:


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They were also selling it at Bookshop Santa Cruz, too:


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About Scissors and Spackle:

We are artists, creators, and writers. But we are first readers; readers of newspapers, magazines, novels, and flash. Readers of poetry, memoir, and writing that defies conventional labels. When there is nothing else around we are sometimes readers of cereal boxes, catsup ingredient lists, and shampoo instructions. We are taking up space in Los Angeles, CA but are also from Bailey and Denver CO, Twenty Nine Palms and Atlanta, Northern Virginia and New Orleans.

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