Issue # 11 Monday, August 10, 1998

About the Author:

Internet e-zine guru Todd Kuipers

Todd Kuipers is a software designer/Internet consultant, living and breathing, with his wife Susanna, in Calgary, Alberta. He is resident at Merak Projects currently working on Web based implementations of their petroleum software. He spends his spare time reading, writing, reading and writing about beer, tasting beer, reviewing anything that he comes across and providing pure research skills to paying customers. Things Todd and Internet can be seen at

One time proprietor of the currently defunct "E-mail-zines list", a listing of e-zines available via e-mail, Todd kept his interest in "low-bandwidth active delivery content" and currently subscribes to (and generally reads) 60+ e-mail publications on a wide variety of topics.


Special - E-mail-zine Essentials

One review this week - probably the coolest, and my personal favorite, Net-based publication: Suck

Review - Suck
Quick Rating:
Overall - 5+
Content - 5
Writing - 5
Regularity - 5
Extras - 5

E-zine Description: Suck is... lotsa things. A daily (week day) dose of reality? From the horse's mouth (grabbed from John Labovitz's E-zine List):

"The journalist equivalent of running with scissors, Suck's daily hypertext essays are too literate to be called rants, too obsessed with pop culture to be considered academic, and too funny to be taken seriously."
Probably one the most recognized e-zines on the Net today.

Frequency of Publication: Every weekday

Subscription Instructions:

Suck is delivered in HTML e-mail format. Before subscribing ensure that your e-mail package is HTML capable or links well with your Web browser. See below for some e-mail programs that are HTML ready..

To subscribe, visit the Suck Subscription Page

WWW location:

Contact Information:

Cost: Free dammit. Supported by the advertisers that clamour to feed off the Suck experience.


What can I say about Suck? Great name! No wait there was more than that. Suck is an event. 5 days a week (since 1995) you get some of the most hilarious, well crafted, brilliantly illustrated, well edited, pop culture/political opinion columns around. is not populated by a single individual; they are legion, they even take on multiple names to seem better populated than they are...


Content - 5
A new column every day! Well they do recycle once or twice a year but they do such a bloody good job you'll never notice. With great regular columns like: Filler, Hit & Run and crewed by such major media personalities like Joey Anuff, Terry Colon, Polly Esther and dozens of others, how can you go wrong? Jes' chock fulla opinions and colourful language, the rants cover the latest new blurbs and media garbage and put it into the proper perspective.

Writing Quality/Style - 5
Fast, witty, cynical and spleen-burstingly funny. Hard to define the style when these guys have defined it themselves.

Regularity - 5
5 days a week.

Extras - 5
HTML means that you can put all the snazzy graphics you want via links to the home Web site. Links in the mail seamlessly link to the rest of the Web site packed fulla archives, more pretty pictures, bios, reader mail, and even more really nifty advertising.

Overall - 5+
I read it every day. It keeps me regular and helps maintain a healthy semblance of derision when dealing with people other than myself. Truly one of the best morning distractions around, it keeps you informed of all the news that People magazine missed.

Note: A Selection of HTML Ready E-mail Programs

These applications let you view HTML e-mail right inside the e-mail program, with the need to launch a browser.

Netscape Communicator
Microsoft Outlook 98 or Outlook Express
Eudora Pro


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