Basic Paper Airplane

Zine, Joshua James Amberson, issue 6,  c/o Ms. Valerie Park Distro, PO Box 2645, Olympia, WA 98507, USA joshuajamberson@gmail.com

If I were a professor marking this zine  to hand back to Joshua, it would be full  of checkmarks. Thoughtful epigraph?  Check. Typewritten text? Check. Train  hopping story? Check check. Extra  credit: cursive typewriter and colour  cover.  This is the type of zine I love to  read and occasionally try to write:  autobiographical short stories darting  from different points in the author’s  past, loosely woven together. The  theme has to do with beginnings, which  can mean anything from beginning  to realize the world is fucked up to a  refection on the Wright Brothers (early  fight) and Edward Muybridge (early  photographic motion studies).

Joshua’s  goal is not to didactically bore you with  details of these figures but to share a  personal connection with them. He  is more interested in telling you what  Gertrude Stein makes him think and  feel rather than why she was important,  which is to say you experience these  texts through his eyes.  I appreciated the sketches of  memories and his comparison of certain  lo-fi, Peruvian folk music to Kate Bush  and P.J. Harvey. The sincere curiosity  in these pages will appeal to folks who  remember zines such as  In Abandon,  Grundig and early Doris. (Chris Landry)

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