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“Paramnesia” is the perfect zine for aspiring analysts and fellow dreamers


Zine, Jesseca Buizon, 10 pgs.,@jayymadethis,

You know that glazed over feeling when, for a moment, you pop out of a dream and back into the real world, before you realize the real world is still real? It can be disconcerting, to say the least. You鈥檙e dangling there over the oblivion between your awake self and some utter chaos that your brain has invented while you weren鈥檛 paying attention. Finally, you snap back into your proper wits and remember who you are. Maybe you鈥檙e relieved. Or maybe you鈥檙e disappointed.

Buizon explores one side of this liminal fogginess in Paramnesia. Subtitled 鈥渁 log of dreams or maybe visions from a past life and/or alternate universe,鈥 you know from the start that you鈥檙e in for some somnambulatory adventure. Buizon鈥檚 caveat is that these 鈥渃ringey鈥 dreams were logged at age 17. But don鈥檛 be deterred. Buizon is just being too hard on herself.

Delivered in paragraphs of tiny font on pale pink paper, Buizon鈥檚 dreams are accompanied by luscious, heavy-lined illustrations. They depict scenes from the dreams: scissors shearing a pig tail, a drowning duckling, the evil dark eyes of a nemesis. The dream narratives all kind of run together and, being weird (as dreams are), it鈥檚 not easy to tell where one stops and another begins. Nothing too salacious happens, though. It鈥檚 mostly just a lot of weird imagery, rich with symbolism to analyze.What does it mean when you dream about dropping a hamburger while running down the street? If you know, I鈥檒l bet Buizon would love to hear from you. Aspiring analysts and fellow dreamers, pick this one up.

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