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Timezones and Statelines by Alex Wrekk and Alan Lastufka

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

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Pressed Between the Pages (Back Issues)

Pressed Between the Pages is a perzine written by Alan Lastufka.

Pressed Between the Pages #1 by Alan Lastufka

Pressed Between the Pages #1 is Alan Lastufka’s first perzine. In the fall of 2005 only 100 copies were printed, in color, by Bravest Lil Jenn Publishing. This first issue contains stories about Alan’s friends, ex-es, his first and only time performing music live on stage, and a few poems.

The cover was illustrated by Cristy Road (Green Zine, Indestructible book).

“If your zine is only 12 pages long, it should all be really good stuff, and thankfully this is. Most of the pieces are what I would call very short stories, and there are a few poems too. Alan’s writing is full of beautiful imagery and lots of wistful emotion. I only wish there was more. Hopefully I won’t have to wait long for issue #2.”

Xerography Debt #20

“Though this chapbook of poetry and prose is fairly brief, it nevertheless has several examples of something that occurs all too infrequently in the zine world: decent poetry… One poem encapsulates the longing of a long-distance romance: “Lost for hours in songs that I can’t/but really want to unfurl/pretending I too can relate to every line/about a boy and a girl.” Even more poignant is an elegy to the editor’s mother that is likely the only instance of zine poetry that is capable of stirring true emotion.

This zine is well worth seeking out for these two poems alone, and it will be interesting to see how this writer develops in years to come.”

Punk Planet Magazine #75

Pressed Between the Pages #2 by Alan Lastufka

Pressed Between the Pages #2 is the second issue of Alan Lastufka’s perzine. 200 copies were printed. This issue includes short stories of bb gun practice in the basement, diaries hidden in backpacks on car floors, and recurring nightmares. This issue featured no poetry, unlike the first issue, but added a section of zine reviews not found in issue one.

The cover was illustrated by Trent Call (Swinj zine).

No copies were sent out for review.

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