by Joshua James Portland, OR, 2015 32 pages, stapled
Issue 10 of "Basic Paper Airplane" marks the 10 year anniversary of the zine, written by Joshua James. This issue is filled with stories from the past few years that James has been a freelance writer (or as he puts it, "scrambling to make a career of words."). The pages are filled with personal essays about exactly what it means to be a freelancer; content writing for an international nightclub directory website; considering (and passing on) a position with Vice; a temp position at a famous Portland-based bookstore; writing for an alternative weekly; teaching in a community education program; and writing a young adult novel. With my first year of full-time freelancing behind me, I recognized myself in so many of these stories. James captures the simultaneous bleakness and excitement of self employment, including the freak out moments, the growing pains, and the satisfying feeling of freedom in trying something new. The zine is illustrated with images by Byron Barton from Seymour Simon's The Paper Airplane Book. "Basic Paper Airplane" probably has the most text of any of the zines I have reviewed so far, but the layout makes reading very smooth. This is a zine I will save and cherish because it hits the mark so closely regarding my own experiences of trying to make a go of the freelance life.