SPARE CHANGE #30: 8 ½” x 5 ½”, $4 ppd., copied, 88 pgs.

Jul 27, 2015

Thirty issues in twenty years is nothing to sneeze at, as they say. This issue compiles selections from every single issue, and what’s interesting is that he threw chronology out the window, so you’ve got material dating back to the nineties butting up against more current stuff. What’s also interesting is just how interchangeable it all is—the layout and writing style runs pretty common through the decades. Vignettes about life, family, friendship, drinking, and religion are scattered between poems, drawings, collages and stories by a few other contributors. Cut and paste, typewritten. I think some of the writing left a little to be desired—but again, we’re talking about twenty years worth of material here—and in spite of these shortcomings, the author’s earnestness is endearing. –Keith Rosson (Spare Change, PO Box 6023, Chattanooga, TN 37401)