Last year the 50something unemployed school librarian took off on a European grand tour, starting with three months in Brest, studying French. This is my favorite issue so far of E-Zine. Elaine's narrative has more of a thru-line than in the past (my hang-up, not hers!), which contrast nicely with her collage-y visual style. There are photos and little handwritten notes and handstamped stamps throughout. I love the purple pen nib on the back, especially.
Elaine is a radical librarian and political activist to the nth degree, but what I most enjoy is seeing her happiness exploring Europe, sometimes with her sister, and sometimes in the homes of people in her international radical librarian network. My zine last year whined repeatedly about getting older, but Elaine seems to get younger every year, and she is relentlessly brave.
Still, it's nice that she has a job again and is settled back in Washington, where she will be able to influence another wave of elementary school kids.
CATS: None, but they don't travel particularly well. Bad Bad Leroy Brown, for example, would probably meow at the top of her lungs the entire time she was in motion, in a carrier.