The Fainting Couch

Upon reading this zine, I learned about fainting couches, which have a raised back at one end and were used in the 19th century when women felt as if about to faint from being constrained in the corsets of that time. Inside, I found 20 pages of short prose; sometimes only one line long, other times extending to a paragraph. Marya Altic muses on the themes of old age, the changing of the seasons, the passing of time, and ultimately, death. “We are most haunted by what has yet to die.” The zine has a strange and ethereal feel that makes me long for my teenage days of goth fashion and picnics in autumn. (Amber Forrester)

Litzine, Marya Altic, maryaaltic@hotmail.com, $4

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