BASIC PAPER AIRPLANE: THE CASSETTE TAPE ISSUE (#13), $5 (trades welcome), 5½” x 8½”, 60 pgs.

There’s been a bit of a fount of writing about cassette tapes in recent years, or at least it seems that way to me as the guy who has to put it back on the shelf at the library. Most of it is droll, superficial nostalgia, meant to sell easily by tapping into broad “born in the wrong generation” narratives and now-classic aesthetics. Basic Paper Airplane: The Cassette Tape Issue is not superficial or droll but personal and multiplicitous, as twenty different people recount in one way or another their relationship to the cassette tape medium. There are familiar clichés, sure, but it’s not designed that way; instead, it’s a matter of common ground in what is now another era. Friends, lovers, too-cool older siblings, and parents all feature as the bestowers of the love of music, coveted, long-lost mixes, and first favorite bands. Of course there are hits and misses within, as in any anthological endeavor, but this collection is ultimately charming in its nostalgia. –jimmy cooper (, [email protected], PO Box 42081 Portland, OR 97242)