Cafe Compendium features tasty excerpts from Ladies' Fetish & Taboo Society Compendium of Urban Anthropology.

"Pushing publishing into the fourth dimension." -- Pagan Kennedy, Voice Literary


  1. Cautionary tales of weddings that really happened:   

            Fools’ Paradise (Morris Dancing and Moos)

            Wedding Bell Blues (solstice-tide equal opportunity goddess nuptials)

            Till ? Do Us Part (in which class goes out the window)

  1. I Love a Parade! A front row view of the Coney Island Mermaid Parade

  2. The Continuing Saga of a Boy and His Truck

  3. The Seventh Dwarf of the Apocalypse reveals its loathsome identity.

  4. Field Guide to Astrological Types

  5. 101 Ways to Sabotage Your Date Plagiarized across the Web and around the globe, this is the original. Scout's honor.

  6. Man and Amanuensis: The Wag-Log will tell more than you want to know about a beat-up, battered bust of a dead composer, which has traveled more in a couple of years than most people do in a lifetime.

  7. The Sally Rogers Syndrome. Straight men divulge what makes a woman one of the guys. For real.

  8. The Perils of Professional Christmas Caroling

Chef’s Specials

The Wisdom of the LFTSCofUA:  Laws of Existence we have identified, tested and lived

The Compendiblog: morsels of Compendium-worthy observations

Demitasse: a vintage sip of the Compendium’s first days online

A Solstice Tale: Theater under the stars...and streetlights

BeastWatchTM: Tracking that rough beast as he slouched toward Bethlehem to be born

Join me on a photo-filled, award-winning weird tour of Houston.


For Your Listening Pleasure

Music recommended by The Cafe

Two guitars. One keyboard. No sense. It’s "Inexcusable!" Featuring the inimitable (we hope!) song stylings of Lady & the Mant, aka Kathy Biehl and Rick Mantler. One keyboard. Two guitars. Infinite irritainment.

The Tea Room

Need guidance in this confusing world?  Consider an astrological or Tarot consultation. 

Gaze upon the astrological charts of the Marx Brothers (and read my interpretations).

About the Cafe

Your hostess:  Kathy Biehl, Proprietress & Editrix

"Try being a single, straight woman navigating a Bermuda Triangle of bad dates, unhinged friends, and encounters with minor celebrities.... The zine will convince you that we're all controlled by perverse universal forces." 

                                                                                   Pagan Kennedy, Voice Literary Supplement.

"Don't let the name fool you; this is not a sexzine; it's a smart, funny chronicle of the strange world we live in."
                                                                                                                                  Twisted Times.

"I liked your mag, but if you printed pictures of naked women in it, I would have looked at it longer."
                                                                                                                                     Penn Jillette.

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