Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Zine Review: Show & Tell #9

Zine Review – Show & Tell #9
half letter sized, 36 pages

I’ve read and enjoyed issues 6, 7 & 8 of Rachel Lee Carman’s Show & Tell zine (made with Y in Bend Oregon). Issue #9 seems just as creative, with beautiful graphics and illustrations, however after reading cover to cover it feels disorganized and scattered. This might be because unlike the previous issues there is no central theme to #9 other than a sort of chronicle of Rachel’s year. The best parts are about a tree sit smudging ceremony / blessing and a yummy hummus recipe. A quote by Kurt Vonnegut in Rachel's introduction seems to sum this issue up accurately: “Here we are, in the amber of the moment, there is no why.” 

Digressive thought: There’s nothing wrong with being overcome by “the great motherfucking sad”. Embrace all emotions, take off the mask, live in the moment of Being.   

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