Glitter on the Mattress
a burlesque beauty zine
$2/20 pages/Half size
by Vivian Lashes
I think the theme of this zine is very cool and helpful for those involved in burlesque or for people interested in learning some different kinds of beauty tips. Vivian Lashes interviews burlesque performers, Angie Pontani and Dirty Martini. They divulge their make-up tips for performers, tricks of the trade, skin care regimen, and favorite bath and beauty products.
$2/24 pages/Haf size
Whitney is a teenager who writes about some tough family issues that she has experienced. Domestic violence and alcoholism are both all too familiar for Whitney at home. She expresses her anguish and exhaustion through some raw and honest writing. Whitney also shares her desires, intentions, and a page full of things she likes.
I was back in the cage. A prisoner of war between the two beings whose genetics had combined one night to form me; a lima bean swimming in a sea of bliss up until the moment I saw the light of day and the doctor smacked my ass.
ONLY 1 LEFT!!
$3/35 pages/Half size
Sandra dedicated it to romantic love, a force responsible for the existence of many of us ... included is Blood & Roses which is a nonfiction piece that begins with an emotional argument and ends with a reconciliation within the rose garden. Sandra writes an introduction about The Green Man & Green Woman and includes pictures of their depiction in the 21st Century. There is a wonderful piece called the Audacity of Dirt which describes a garden tour fundraiser for Barack Obama and many other gardening stores & adventures.
$3.50/54 pages/Half size
Issue #3 is dedicated to bees and their keepers.
Sandra explains how her childhood interests in bees has progressed since she has become a gardener. This issue is not only slammed full of bee information but it really sheds light on the true beauty and importance that each little bee contains.
Issue #3 contains a few fascinating facts about bees & honey, a caution about natural insecticides, Bee Breath ( a yoga breathing technique), gardening for the bees, a detailed list of popular honeybee forage plants, as well as a variety of bee stories!
PLUS: There are recipes for Baklava, Honey Ice Cream, Milk & Honey Bath, Beeswax Lip Balm along with film reviews of Bee Movie and The Secret Life of Bees ... wowza!!
$3/52 pages/Half size
Sandra's optimism for natural living, life, and writing are all completely contagious. She writes beautiful words about her knowledge and experience of gardening, in addition to her other passions. This issue contains her text heavy story about raising chicks with her young daughters during their six year long country-living-in-the-city experiment.
Sandra includes other literary pieces titled, "The Green Wasteland", "Sex on Earth for Dummies", and "Rain, Rain ... Don't Go Away" - a how to harvest rainwater.
$3/56 pages/Half size
Each issue of Greenwoman zine is exciting and informative. I especially enjoyed this issue which is the "Garden Goddess" issue. It contains the diary entries that Sandra kept while working as a gardener in a wealthy area of her community. She expresses the good, the bad, and even the ugly with her gardening adventures. There are also contributing pieces titled, "Arbor Day", "Apples are Ruling My Life", and "Weedy Lives". I really liked the veggie comix which are super cute and loved the piece about Peter Peppers (akaPenis Pepperis). Last but not least is Sandra's piece, "Herb Freak."
i dreamed i was assertive 13
$2/20 pages/Half legal size
I enjoy Celia's zines a lot. I always find her writing to be like comfort food for my brain. In this issue she writes about making the decision with her family to scatter her father's ashes. Celia also describes her various collections, she includes a list of lucky and faith-related items that she is drawn to and shares all of the awesome things she did on her 39th birthday weekend.
An excerpt, "It was time to say goodby to him and, perhaps, to the baggage. Though, do we ever or can we ever let it all go?"
I Keep Interrupting Myself #17
$2/32 pages/Quarter size
I like Loran's writing style, it's a combination of wit, good old-fashioned storytelling, and interesting subject matter. After meeting an antique dealer at the coffee house he worked at, Loran came across intriguing plastic coins. He bought a jar full of them and began doing some research. Loran provides some great information on what exactly the plastic coins are (sales tax tokens), the beginning of his collection and tips for collectors.
Each zine comes with a plastic tax mill. Cool, right?
$3.50 /32 pages/Half size
I was excited to receive a zine from my own city for review - Yay, OLY! And it was a super good zine. I Know You Know My Heart is text heavy and full of fascinating stories, like a few about Neo's family members and how they plan for disasters that have yet to happen. Neo writes about getting punk rock toe, an unusual sweet friend, and some pieces dealing with survival, travel, different homes, and loneliness.
All that running made a good strong heart. The beat is the sound of all those years of living when it didn't make sense that I was.