Detritus: Fragments and Scraps, issue 19.0 of A.j. Michel's Syndicate Product series is a sweet ¼ size zine comprised of A.j's unpublished, unfinished and other hanging works. She's been organizing and clearing out her stuff lately (including donating a bunch of her zine and minicomic collection to Barnard), and publishing her this-and-that in one volume seems to be a great way to file the pieces under "done."
I always like A.j.'s writing and layout, which both tend to be thoughtful, polished and tidy, but as a slob myself, I am particularly taken with the fragments in this collection, e.g., her 43 Things goals that only made it to item 34, a list of lists never made, a two-paragraph scrap about record stores that she doesn't remember where she was going with. Somehow that unfinished scrap feels like the clearest view into a person's brain I've ever read in a zine.
A.j. illustrates the zine with a bunch of wonderful uncontextualized photographs that are also from her "do something with this" files. BONUS: #19 came out after #20. As a librarian I love and hate that flouting of convention, and what's more, I love that Detritus, once assigned the number 19 and/or the metacomics issue, once assigned the number 20 in A.j.'s mind (or even on the internet), could not be changed. That was its number!
Get yourself a copy for three smackers.