September 30th, 2010

Killhope #1

[40 pages, half digest, $? from Rieka, PO Box 386, SINGAPORE 914013 ]
Rieka is a passenger in a car heading into the city at night. Memories from her school years come to her and she daydreams (or "stones", as she and her friends call it) about a thrilling water polo (with canoes!) match; a chance meeting with a childhood friend who she begins twice-weekly midnight jogs with; how she tried to like jazz music because she found out Ryan Gosling (who she had a big crush on at the time) liked it; then her first job at a Vietnamese restaurant.Nice cut/n/paste layout, easy to read. A little on the 'nice' side for my tastes, of course. (Plus the title is blatantly false advertising.) Nowhere near enough decadence or perversion! Oh well. Maybe next issue, eh, Rieka? Heh heh.

The Prevailing Nothing

[24 pages, digest size, from The Prevailing Nothing, 506 W. 11th St., Tempe, AZ 85281, USA ]

 No cover scan because the cover paper is plain black. Nice heavy card, and the interior paper is high quality, and it is bound using a sewing machine, but it goes downhill from there. Blank page, then a couple of pages of abstract dots, but most of the zine seems to be hand-written poetry, hard to read at times. I didn't mind this part:

Read those books A to Z
study at the library
lonely there with no friends
tell me what you have learned
look the same every day.

All hand written, but the writing gets harder to read as it goes on, until the last page and a quarter of text is too much trouble to read (my guess is the author was very drunk by the end of it). Then more abstract dots, and another blank page.