Saturday, March 20, 2010

Peach Melba #7

By Pearl
PO Box 74
Brighton
BN1 4ZQ

I have to admit, I didn’t like this issue as much as the last one I read. Some of the lists are just utterly incomprehensible to me (bus stop codes on some bus route in Brighton, distances between seemingly random locations), but did remind me of the sort of things that I would make lists of when I was a little kid (I once wrote down the license plate numbers of every car on my street “in case they got stolen”, definitely a productive afternoon).

That isn’t to say there wasn’t stuff to enjoy in this zine! There’s a list of countries that have been involved in violence in the last seventy years that is depressing in both its incompleteness and the footnote stating that Antigua and Barbuda was the only country beginning with a vowel she could find that hadn’t been involved in a war. Humans kind of suck don’t they?

There’re also some short book reviews (The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien is “very very strange”), things needed to make a fire (Vaseline?), and a recipe for an apple crumble photocopied off a match box. I guess match companies have to put something on their labels. Unfortunately the recipe doesn’t tell you how to bake the crumble on a fire you made yourself, which is what I’d hope for from a product such as that.

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