ALTERNATIVE INCITE #3, $4, 7” x 8½”, printed, 40 pgs.

Jul 20, 2021

An anthology zine that encourages its readers to “follow the creative impulse.” Included are essays from different contributors relating to the topic that we all cannot seem to avoid: the pandemic. I found it interesting that one of the first writings takes on the push in our society to always be productive and to have a purpose, and how that can be suffocating and overwhelming (especially during this part of history we’re all living through). How maybe we should all give ourselves a break, allow ourselves to be idle, and that’s okay. The very next essay however, is a writer telling the reader to “Just do it,” in regards to making art and creating. A pretty distinct shift of tone from the previous essay (reading the words, “Just get to work—now.” felt extremely off-putting). Luckily, the later part of the zine grabbed my interest back with an interview of a designer of fonts and a story about a man who rowed a bathtub across the English Channel. –Tricia Ramos (Alternative Incite, PO Box 3067, Laurel, MD 20709,