title: The Routes We Wander (issue 3)
creator: Lee Taylor
date: July 31, 2013 (part of 24 Hour Zine Thing)
It’s a great and sinking realization when we can recognize our own faults. That stark moment when it hits you deep in the chest because you recognize the blunt truth of someone’s discerning comment. In The Routes We Wander no. 3, Lee talks about facing the truth of this criticism. As with the previous one, this issue consists of Lee’s sketches of a particular place and personal thoughts that weigh down on him.
In digestible chunks, he discusses his propensity for focusing and stagnating on the negative, or as my mother once described my habits: focusing on the negative and then looking at it with a magnifying glass. While not everyone will relate to being a chronic negative thinker, I think a lot of us can relate to his annoyance of comparative happiness when it comes to social media. The instinctive reaction of feeling left out, jealous, or resentful when it comes to being constantly exposed to the friends’ and acquaintances’ continuous activity feeds on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or what have you, and how you consequently feel small and base for feeling and evaluating your own and others’ happiness through juxtaposition. Although he chastises himself for feeling what he deems as petty, it echoes the sentiment of frequent social media users who inevitably compare their own lives to the constant visual feed to which they expose themselves.
What I like about Lee’s zines is that he’s so apologetic about personal things that are so entirely relatable. And the funny thing is that, while his thoughts are somber and heavy in nature, the scenery in his sketches are so light and calming that I can’t help but read his worries with an open sense of ease and calm. Or maybe it’s because every time he describes feelings I understand, I read them with a confirmed sense of hope as it reaffirms the notion that people have more common ground than they are aware of, even in personal times of isolation—that we’re not the pariahs we like to think we are.
sipping: juice pouch
chewing: buttered & toasted baguette