here & noun

A well-constructed litzine out of Edmonton, here & noun’s first issue relies a bit heavily on the early-twenties arts student emo vibe, but that’s more than forgivable considering the very high calibre writing of most of the included stories. The definite high-point is “This Was Untrue. I Am Not Even Faintly Like A Rose!” by David Hollingshead, a Joycean handful of snapshot meditations on love, which would be nice to read to someone you care about in the bath. Every story that appears in this issue has something going for it, something that makes it worth thinking and caring about, which is rare in a litzine that’s so brand new and has yet to attract outside submissions, and that makes reading it feel refreshing and heartening. Quality illustrations of cartoony animals are included throughout, and they make me smile. A very promising and professional debut. Pay attention; this is a zine to watch for in the future. (Richard Rosenbaum)

litzine, Hyperbole Police Writing Collective, issue #1, www.hereandnoun.com

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