TRAINWRECK #9: $2, 5” x 7”, photocopied, 36 pgs.

Dave’s put together a fine number of essays for this issue of Trainwreck. The zine is broken up into three parts. The first are tales of life in New Haven, Connecticut, including thoughts on a friend’s zine and a housemate’s song. The second section has stories about tattoos, Dave’s jobs, and some family history. The last part is titled “Notes on Cardboard” and Dave writes about his life in Portland, Maine. The writing isn’t bad—Dave’s a good writer—and some of the essays kept me interested but others I skipped over. Zines are often a form of just getting stuff out there. It’s not edited, work shopped, or checked over by multiple parties to make sure it sounds good. But that means that inherently, with all personal zines, there is going to be some stuff that really packs a punch and other stuff that falls a bit flat. That’s the nature of the written word and the personal zine. And that happens here. I can’t entirely recommend this because nothing really reached out and grabbed me, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that Dave writes well. I just didn’t feel engaged and really intrigued about the contents of Trainwreck. (Dave Brainwreck, PO Box 110040, Brooklyn, NY 11211, http://www.shitcities.blogspot.com/)