OUT FROM THE VOID, 6½” x 8”, copied, 14 pgs.

Sep 26, 2018

This is a long piece on missing persons and the author’s obsession with them. To be honest, the first few pages rubbed me the wrong way. It felt like the author had an unhealthy obsession with missing people in the same way people geek out over serial killers or devour true crime pulp. I get it, I thought, this is how you’re dealing with your mortality. I’m okay with someone having such morbid obsessions, but to put together a zine with real missing people’s photos and discussing how and when they disappeared seemed a little exploitive. Closer inspection reveals this is a reprinted column of the same name that runs in Eugene Weekly. The author writes it because he “think(s) missing people matter. That getting to the bottom of things matters” and he “wants cases to get solved.” Whether it comes from a place of compassion or is a subconscious way of dealing with mortality, fear, or inner darkness (probably a bit of each) he does something positive with this obsession. It’s a lot more than I can say for myself. If real life stuff like this gets under my skin, I just put on some movie about kids getting hacked up at a summer camp to ease the anxiety. –Craven Rock ([email protected])


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