Life In A Glass House #2 / 52 Pages / Fourth-Sized / $3 / Madison Eliza, PO Box 261, Westerville, OH 43086-0261 / http://www.andwedrown.com /
Madison is a shy individual who typically has a problem talking to random people. Now, ey really gets a kick out of putting out this zine, which obviously goes to a number of different stranger. And ey really doesnâ€™t mind, saying that â€œwhen I do this, I donâ€™t care that I donâ€™t know the person Iâ€™m writing to.â€ The zine starts out with a description of the car ride and later visit by a friend that Madison had met on the internet, named Chris. The typical feelings of doubt, the questions like â€œwhat if heâ€™s not who he says he is, what if heâ€™s not like he is when we talk online surround Madison, but no worries â€“ Chris is everything that Madison thought ey would be. This issue of Life In A Glass House also discusses the previous dreams of Madison, in that ey always wanted to be a writer at a younger age. And, trying to get back into it, a few fiction pieces are scattered through the issue. I had a little problem trying to discern fiction from reality, as eirâ€™s Stinebeck-like rich descriptions of events are equally likely to be found in eirâ€™s prose as they are in eir poetry. The little pieces of fiction seem too something â€“ too rushed, too short, or too both of those? Still, Madison puts out a good issue that really helps me to get to know eir, and even though the high price might turn some people from buying the issue, I would suggest you give Life In A Glass House a chance before discounting it.