Timezones and Statelines (aka Statelines and Timezones) is a split zine about long-distance friends and long-distance love by Alex Wrekk (Brainscan, Stolen Sharpie Revolution) and Alan Lastufka (Pressed Between the Pages) written over Halloween week 2006 while Alex, from Portland OR, was visiting Alan in Chicagoland.
The title was loosely based on the lyrics from Defiance, OH’s song “Response to Griot” in which they sing: “if you call me up drunk at four in the morning/no matter the timezones or state lines away/I’ll be on buslines or burning up phone cards/just like I lived eight blocks away”.
At the time, Timezones and Statelines marked the first zine Alex Wrekk had made in nearly three years.
“Intimate, complex, emotional—this split-zine made by the well-known Alex Wrekk and Alan Lastufka has a classic cut-and-paste look—it’s a very zine-y zine—and the text within reminds me of poetry in that it’s dense, elliptical, involves the reader deeply. I want to read it more than once. Themes are love, identity, and heartbreak, but always in concrete terms. Sometimes disorienting, in a good way. Reminds me of how it feels to be young and alive. More than the sum of its parts.”
– Laura-Marie, Zine World #25