HAPPY LONER, THE #8, $3/$4, 5½” x 8½”, copied, 28 pgs.

May 23, 2018

This issue of The Happy Loner finds Izalixe having moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, from Quebec. Once again, this is a perzine format with content written from the middle part of 2017. Material includes Izalixe’s adventures in Vancouver, traveling to Seattle and Portland, and getting hired to work for VIA Rail. She takes a short trip to Squamish, BC, and explains all the things to do there and what she enjoys about this small, quaint city. Izalixe seems like a very free spirit, which can be fun to read about, but she often writes of people and situations in a way that causes the reader to feel outside the circle. I often had questions about this boyfriend of hers, some of her friends, et cetera. It didn’t take away from my overall interest in the zine but it’s something to take note of when writing personal experiences. I think there’s a line that can be had between writing about one’s personal experiences and also making sure others feel included. Still, this issue has stronger writing and more diversity than the last one, so if you’re going to choose, I’d start here. –Kurt Morris (Izalixe Straightheart, PO Box 99101, Davie PO, Vancouver BC, V6G 1V0, Canada)