DORIS #28: $2.60 U.S., $3 Can./Mex., $3.80 Overseas, 7” x 5 ½”, printed, 32 pgs.

A lot of Doris reviews start with, “If you’ve read Dorisbefore, you probably know how you feel about this zine…” This is true, but following that train of thought throughout the issues can also overlook the gradual evolution of the writing and content. The format and feel of this issue are the same: short personal stories that draw on the specifics of life to interpret them in a greater scope. The platforms for this are changing but still gaining new perspectives as they settle down. Much of this issue is rooted in the land Cindy lives on, where now she farms with her sister. The already strong writing is still being pushed towards greater economy and potency of language. As Doris ages, it reminds me more and more of Grace Paley’s short stories (especially a few in this issue), both in style/confidence and how politics are getting more subtly infused with the narrative. I guess this makes sense—I think Paley started writing her formidable volume of fiction when she was middle-aged, which Cindy is reaching. Working within a subculture where much of the productivity and validation is reserved for the young, it’s refreshing and encouraging to have Cindy still hitting new strides. –Dave Brainwreck (Cindy Crabb, PO Box 29, Athens OH 45701, dorisdorisdoris.com)