by Alexis Wolf Olympia, WA, 2009 31 pages, stapled
"Isle Content" was published from 2003-2014, with volume 8 coming out in 2009 when Alexis Wolf was 25 years old. Being the same age, I couldn't help but spend some time thinking back to what I was doing in 2009 (working my first "grown up job" in an academic library and not knowing that zines even existed). This half-page zine is very personal—filled with Wolf's observations, opinions, and experiences. The writing is heartfelt and authentic, exploring topics like Wolf's parents' troubled marriage, finding an old photo album filled with pictures of her mother, being Jewish, and traveling through various imaginary and existing borders. Cut-up/collaged images and black and white photographs scattered throughout the typewritten text give "Ilse Content" that true do-it-yourself, homemade feel. My favorite page contains a list of things Wolf does in order to feel better when she's sad—including, "Lay in my bed and focus on how soft it is". We should all do more of that.