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May 08, 2013

This zine is written by Billy Luetzen about his summer in Alaska, and illustrated by his friend Jesse. Billy moved up for the summer and got a job working at a Montessori school. The whole thing left me wondering if I was intended to read this. It seems tailored to function as a scrapbook/yearbook for his friends and coworkers who spent the summer with him, instead of as a vehicle to inform or entertain “the masses.” There’s nothing wrong with that. But for me, the anonymous stranger/reader, I wanted insight into the machinations of working at a school in Alaska, not a story about a little girl finding a slug, you know? I don’t think I’m an asshole for thinking that the page, “Melissa and I climbed Mt. Jumbo on a beautiful day. Nothing but blue skies! It took about six hours to summit and descend. Before we went hiking, Melissa caught a Salmon out of Gold Creek. It was one of the best days ever!” belongs almost exclusively in a diary or a letter home. Or rather, let me rephrase: it doesn’t not belong in this zine—which is well-done, and a pretty complete documentation of this guy’s personal experiences over the summer—I just don’t know if this zine belongs in hands beyond those with personal involvement in Billy’s life. –Dave Brainwreck (Billy Luetzen, 405 23rd Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418)