CABOOSE #13, $5, 8½” x 5½”, copied, 48 pgs.

May 25, 2021

Called “The Connections Issue,” Caboose #13 is indeed about ways of connecting, whether through karaoke, college radio, virtual dance parties, and more. Speaking of karaoke, there’s “An Interview with Professional Karaoke Nerd Eamon ‘Uh-Oh’ Daly,” who created online karaoke software Pop Up Karaoke LIVE! (And how many times can I “karaoke” in this zine review? So far, it’s six times and counting.) Daly goes into detail discussing how he developed the software, and he mentions its challenge and its rewards, which includes… connecting with people! In keeping with the connection theme, there is a review of Carl Sagan’s 1985 science-fiction novel Contact, which is about humankind’s first contact with extraterrestrials. Liz Mason created Caboose #13 during the COVID-19 pandemic, during which the general public was urged “stay home,” and this perzine’s creation is also a form of connection, with readers and with Mason herself during a time of surreal isolation. –Gina Murrell (Liz Mason, [email protected])