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Issue #11 of 398 is exploding with Valentine-ness. The fiction fairy-tale-like story, An Office Romance, is all about Valentines, hearts and love. There are also three non-fiction pieces: one is about dancing, one is about having a more eco-friendly menstrual cycle and lastly there is: "Interview with my Parents About Love". It was a school assignment from high school that has been dying to be reprinted in a zine for years. All of this was combined with a trip down the Valentine aisle of make one sickly sweet Valentine themed zine. Each issue has a cardstock cover in pale pink, hot pink or pale purple with a matching envelope. There are fuzzy heart stickers and red doily hearts. If you hate Valentine's Day, you might want to pass on this issue. Or you can buy it, read it, and then burn it in a trash can along with pictures of passed lovers.

*Kitten pictured is not included with purchase of zine.*

Review for 398#11 from Narcolepsy Press Review, by Randy Robbins:

This zine came out around Valentine's Day and thus it is pink and purple with hearts and lace and stuff. This is a little different than previous issues of 398 that I have; it is shorter, less stories, with the inclusion of two non-fiction pieces, one on how she loves to dance and one should I put this...environmentally conscious menstrual habits. She ends the zine with an interview with her parents on the topic of love that she did for school that shows how witty and comical her writing was even then, over ten years ago. I like how there is a picture of her in here; all great authors have a picture. In the single fiction story of this issue, called "Office Romance" as I read the part where the guy in the mail room is trying to catch fluttering pieces of mail with a butterfly net, I realized this girl has a specific writing style that is instantly recognizable. Elizabeth J. M. W. is one of the few writers I deal with in this zine scene that could without question make a real living with her writing.

zine 398 issue 11 by Elizabeth J. M. W.

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