Saturday, June 20, 2015
This is a zine of reviews of ginger ale. There's also an intro, some history, cocktail recipes, and a list of recommended reading. I found the writing style advert-like at times. Certain sentences stuck out to me as sounding like they were from a commercial.
So some of the writing rubbed me the wrong way. But I love the idea of this zine, and it did make me thirsty. The drawings of the bottles and cans of ginger ale are adorable and full of personality. Ming and I really wanted some ginger ale, after reading this zine. So we bought some Reed's and enjoyed it.
Ginger Binge is a neat product, more like a little booklet than a cut-and-paste zine. It would make a great gift to anyone who likes ginger ale or soda fans generally.
Monday, June 15, 2015
Phases of the Moon #5 is a book-length zine by Stacey-Marie about being in a relationship with an abusive alcoholic. A young woman in a relationship with an abusive alcoholic man.
It's really beautiful. It's disturbing, smart, and good. The writing is fantastic.
It's memoir with interspersed quotes from other texts. I preferred Stacey-Marie's words to the quotes, but I did value some quotes that explained abuse bonding. They were insightful.
I grew up as a child of an alcoholic--I am familiar with alcoholism from a child's perspective. I never thought about my mom's perspective very deeply--I didn't dare.
So this zine was triggering for me. Just when I thought the story couldn't get any more disturbing, it did. Around page 50, I felt sick. Around page 80, I told Ming, "This zine is killing me."
(We were walking down the street, walking through sunlight, away from the cafe where I'd been reading. I felt stuck in a nightmare, disoriented, and unwell. But good writing can do that to me...)
And the ending is worth it. And I could relate to the speaker a lot. These are two quotes I loved from toward the end, ideas I've thought about over and over, through the years.
Was that my true self? What does a "true self" even mean if we can so easily change based on our surrounding environment?
I felt like if I accepted the disease model of alcoholism, then I would have to accept that all the fucked-up behaviors resulting from addiction were merely symptoms of a impersonal disease.
I noticed some repetition in the storytelling, but it seemed okay there--the repetition worked--that's how we think.
It's text-heavy but there's some visual art that definitely adds to the experience.
Overall I loved this zine and recommend it to anyone who's strong enough to read about abuse. And I wish Stacey-Marie lots of readers and success.