zine, [zeen] noun. 1. abbr. of fanzine; 2. any amateurly-published periodical. Oxford Reference


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Extranjero #7

Extranjero #7 by Kris & Lola [28 pages, digest size, Calle Obispo 4B, Plasencia 10600, Caceres, Spain]

'Extranjero' is Spanish for foreigner; Kris and Lola live in Spain. Usually the zine is about life in Spain, but this issue is about their April 2008 trip back to the US and Kris's birthplace (he hadn't been back to the States in three years). Kris's writing is terrific. Lola's observations on US life were cool too. They visit a massive hunting, fishing and outdoor store called Cabela's: 250,000 square feet of floorspace, many stuffed animals, and a four-storey fake mountain dotted with stuffed bears, elk, deer, goats and foxes.
Elsewhere, Kris writes about some of the stranger foods enjoyed in that part of the States, like 'scrapple' which is pig offal mixed with cornmeal and flour (which strikes me as a cross between haggis and hash browns). And how about some 'pickled watermelon rind'?

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