December 27th, 2002

Ceiling Without A Star

I first read this zine thinking that it was going to be more like a mainstream magazine. I will have to admitt that I have never really been into zines. This is actually the only other zine that I have read besides one on veganism. So the first time I read it I was more or less confused. There where no articles per se so its purpose seemed wasted upon me. Having never dealt with mental illness personlly I felt like I was reading in on some sort of personal joke, like I was an intruder. So I stepped back from this 30 page pamphlet and just stared. I knew that I was expected to review it, but I didn't understand enough of what was going on inside its spine to say jack. So the stress ensued. At work I decided to give it another look over, but this time I decided that I would look at it more like an art piece. More of a surrealist painting. I concentrated more on its graphics and thier relationship to the what seemed like disconnected words and it clicked. I seemed to understand that this was more like a journal of the ups and downs of mental illness. The fragmented sayings and cut and paste pictures where like landscapes that are seen by everyone, but with more of an intensidy. Every page rushes at you and forces you to look at every little detail, nothing is placed without a purpose. I found myself reading it with captivation that I have never felt from any mainstream full length magazine. The author, Misty with her images of sewing machines, doll parts and lovers praise has definately made for herself a zine worth reading. In a 30 page span I felt like I new what it was like to be Misty and feel what she has to deal with. I will say honestly that I have a renewed respect for her. Well done
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