HEIRLOOM #3: $3, 5½” x 8½”, copied, 18 pgs.

Feb 01, 2016

This personal zine was more engaging than I might have imagined. Cristina recounts her final days in Richmond, Virginia, before her move to Los Angeles. She gives up her friends, her job as a crisis counselor, her boyfriend, and a community in order to make some meaningful change in her life and stretch herself emotionally and mentally. As someone who has moved across the country twice, I can respect and understand what she’s writing about. It’s scary to make such a drastic change in one’s life, but there’s something empowering about it. There’s also a heavy sense of remorse and grief that can come with giving up a place where one has lived for so long. Cristina touches on it to some degree, but it would’ve been interesting to get even more details and depth to what her life was like—the life she left behind. And why Los Angeles? What about that place drew her to it? It also would’ve been nice to know more about what her life had become in Los Angeles and if it met her expectations. Regardless, this is still a good read. I’d love to read more of Cristina’s zines, so keep them coming! -Kurt Morris ([email protected])