SEAMS & THE STORY, THE: GOODBYE TO ALL THAT: $2, 5 ½” x 8 ½”, copied, 20 pgs.

I can’t recommend this zine enough! A queer woman describes growing up in the suburbs outside of New York City. Narrating through childhood to young adulthood, she beautifully intertwines her introduction to punk and counter-culture on the lower east side of Manhattan with the history of this area; from the Draft Riots of 1863 to the riots of 1988 between the squatters and police in TompkinsSquarePark. She uniquely captures the grief experienced with a loss of place and time, recounts discovering gentrification through young eyes, and tells a story of a quickly disappearing magic; a certain wonderful grime, stench, and cognizance of a lively past that becomes harder to find in the city’s streets as time continues to pass. Excellent writing, one of the best zines I’ve read in a while. –Robin Effup (W.Awry, [email protected], seamsandstory.noblogs.org)