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Mejias, John (editor) – Paping #8

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Paping #8

Here’s a thoughtful anthology from New York. Included in here are: John Mejias, Andy Bodor, Peter Maddalena, Meredith Gaydosh, Zak Smith, Drew Gold, Sean McCarthy, and Jeff Lewis. There’s a nice variety of stuff in here. Mostly quiet, introspective pieces with a few louder ones thrown in. By “loud” I mean the sci-fi piece by Jeff Lewis about the liberation of the rocks and Octopus Girl by Zak Smith. Other than that there’s making the perfect pop song, being pimped out by your Mom while she’s in withdrawal, the different kinds of art class, and a warning of the apocalypse. A nice, balanced collection, the only real problem I had with it was that my copy was awfully dark, meaning that some of the dialogue was lost in the murk. Probably a problem with the copy machine more than anything, but I thought I’d throw something negative in. E-mail the man, there are back issues around too, if you like this one.