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Zine Reviews

From Reglar Wiglar print edition:

Reviews by Chris Auman unless otherwise noted.

RW #15 2001

Reglar Wiglar #15 cover by MJB

Issue #41 of this seasonally published zine has its creator once again offering readers reviews and summaries of the books and movies he's watched in recent months. This issue features synopses of three Raul Walsh films from the 40s; Gore Vidal's novel 1876, recommended UK crime novesl and reflections on the scars Brant's body has acquired over the years, plus the usual letters from readers dialogue that has been continuing feature of the zine.

This one-of from Julie Halpren, co-creator of the Cul-de-Sac zine. It chronicles Julie's stint in a Chicago mental institution during her senior year of high school. The story is told in a poignant and straightforward manner and it's rather sad to read but worthwhile nevertheless.

Thee punk rock bible for some, a source of irritating, punker-than-thou, self-righteous soap boxing for others, this loooong running Bay Area mega-zine has been consistently covering underground bands and artists that most publications (yes, even independent ones) wouldn't dare touch. The look of MRR has improved recently; it's cleaner and has less ink rub-offage than before. Even if you lost touch with the punk rock scene a decade ago, the letters section alone makes this worth the cover price which is ridiculously low to start with. Issue #213 features, in addition to the many pages of columns: leftist political news; a history of Finnish hardcore; Canadian record label, Ugly Pop; interviews with photographer, Joshua Peach, Midnight Evils, and the Zodiac Killers. Zine, book, record reviews and ads comprise the bulk of the rest of this fat mother.

Another issue of PSZ has arrived, this time with an article on gangsta' polka (What? You thought Al Capone listened to rap music? Get outa here!), Polka Fiction by Lil' Robbie, a provacative photo spread of a Polkaholics/Polkacide show in SF, CA, a Polkascope and more polka-related propaganda for polkaholics of all ages.

Anti-Comics & Stories

This is a tabloid-sized newsprint publication of anti-comics and stories straight outa' Texas. This issue (which is probably long gone off the streets by the time you read this) features comics by the likes of Patrick Welsch, Hans Rickheit, and Stepan Chapman, as well as record and zine reviews and an absurdist short story by Jeff Chan titled, "Night of the Living Dead X." It's free where you can find it or if you can't find it shoot a dollar off to Texas.

Thee punk rock bible for some, a source of irritating, intellectual, politically righteous whining for others, this zine just keeps getting bigger and quite possibly better. I still skip most of the columns and most to all the record reviews but there are usually several articles of interest in every issue making the $3.50 purchase price a pittance to pay for a magazine of such girth, and I have no sympathy for sniveling little snits who would bitch otherwise. The lure of this particular issue, for those who care at all about the history of punk rock, is a reprint of two chapters from the book Dance of Days by Mark Anderson and Mark Jenkins, chronicling the rise and...well the rise, of the DC punk scene as we know it today.

It looks like the rumors are true, Factsheet Five will rise again but let's not forget who stepped in to fill those giant shoes in the interim, ARGttUP that's who. Not only does this clean-looking, well-organized (in format anyway, maybe not at their office) zine provide honest, straightforward reviews on the efforts of the underground press, they also print news from around the country reporting on violations of our First Amendment rights especially as pertaining to people who publish zines (the powerless as it were). So, even though FS5 is back, don't forget who had your back, you freaks!

SF&L is a Bay Area newsprint zine dedicaed to hardcore music. Its layout is in the MRR style with columns, interviews, features, and record reviews of all things hardcore. It's edited by Chris Dodge who runs the Slap a Ham label. This issue which is no doubt dated by now features interviews with Hellnation, Exclaim, Abstain, and more. Pretty packed with good shit, if you're into HC, this is a sweet deal.

ZEEN #16
The format of this ever-changing zine keeps ever changing but the attitude remains the same. This issue, aesthetically at least, is the best one yet. It is the size of a 7" record that fits snugly into a 7" record sleeve AND it comes with a 7" record (a split between Wormwood and Crepuscule on clear vinyl). Also included is an interview with Crepuscule, a brief interview with God Speed You Black Emperor, record reviews, and the usual well-directed venom against the musical establishment and mediocrity in general.

RW #16 2002

Reglar Wiglar #16 cover by Chris Auman

The Recreation Issue

The Cul-de-Sac ladies are back with another fun issue of their zine. This time the reader is treated to such tales as "Car Accidents the Were My Fault," "Starbucks Tastes Like Ass" and "Andy the Dick Licking Dog." Stories as delightful as their titles.

This is a personal/travel zine by Jon Daniels. This issue covers a trip to Prescott, Arizona Jon took to visit a little brother. Also included are some movie reviews of stuff they rented duting his visit and a "Log Log" which is pretty crude as you can imagine if you just take a moment to think about what a log log might be a log of ...think about it. You know what I'm talking' about now. Yeah, pretty gross.

A cut and paste zine with a decidedly Libertarian bent. There's a lot crammed into every corner of its twenty pages which makes some of the tiny type hard to read. Mostly reprints of political and assorted one panel cartoons, but also jokes, reprints of letters to the editor of an unidentified newspaper and assorted bits and pieces. Truly a mishmash of a zine if there ever was one.

I must confess that I am very late in jumping on the Cometbus bandwagon, if such a thing exists. Reason: I was a little intimidated by the handwritten style of the thing. It's very legible but not conducive to train or bus ride reading—to reading in general—or so I thought, but once I took the plunge I read the ninety pages pretty much straight through. For those who are in the dark as I once was, Cometbus is a collection of personal writings by Aaron Cometbus. Reflections on his youth, Berkeley, and the ghosts of punk rock past or in this particular case his girlfriend at the time, Lanky. Aaron is a great writer and I hope someday there is an anthology of his personal writings (if such a thing doesn't already exist).

RW #17 2002

Reglar Wiglar #17 cover Jason Frederick

This is a zine that is no longer about asthma. Auto-biographical snippets and comics as pertaining to, and related by, its author, Mark Parker. Mark reveals things that will no doubt get him in dutch with friends, coworkers and crushes but he seems unaffected by such concerns. Hand printed and drawn without the aid of computers as the intro proudly proclaims. Like many zines of it's digest size, it's too short!

A mini from Liz Saidel of Cul-de-sac notoriety. Liz gets impatient between issues of that bigger zine project so caboose is a little side action to satisfy the self publishing urge. "Breath Right Strips Rock My World," "I Was the Barfer," and "I Had to Go on These Camping Trips with My Family That Totally Blew" are a few of titles and the topics tackled in this short, to the point, and quite humorous zine.

This is an interview issue, a format that Aaron returns to from time to time. The theme: Back to Landers, a hippie movement of the late 60s and early 70s in which the flower children, partly in fear of the coming revolution and the resulting apocalypse, and partly to grow weed, fled to the hills of Northern California with their young families in tow. Part I is interviews with the adult children of these Back to Land families. Part II is the parent's point-of-view, which I found to be the most revealing and consequently the most interesting. Part III is interviews with young people who are currently experiencing the urge to get back to the land. I had no idea, now I have an idea.

The Official Magazine of Absolutely Nothing This zine is sub-sub-titled "Tom Paigne, The Biggest Piece of Shit I Know." This issue serves to act as a sort of intervention in the destructive behavior of Tom Paigne who apparrently is one gigantic loser. Some of Tom's traits are detailed here and they sound none to appealing. If he is being portrayed accurately, he's got some issues and the author seems to genuinely want to get his friend on the wagon and off the fast track to imminent ruin. While the subject matter is handled in a funny way, it's also kinda sad and I'm rooting for Tom to get his shit together.

Anti-Comics & Stories
Bimonthly newsprint tabloid that you may have seen lying around the free-for-all pile at your local zine/ comic store. Usually contains a good mix of zine and music reviews, short fiction, and lots and lots of cool and bizarre comics, most of which make you go "hmmm."

The Hermitt returns with more tales of greyhound buses, toxic, mind-altering car fumes, crusty queer love and Eugene, Oregon, all delivered with that hip-hoppin' flava' and handwritten style you've come to expect from Sarah O.

A brief introduction by Editor & Publisher, Davida, some do's and don'ts for zine publishers concerning privacy & safety, some "Basic Stuff You Should Know," some announcements and then nuthin' but zine review after zine review, some short and concise, others longer and concise. Throw in a list of places to get zines at the end and what you have is an informative, useful little zine guide.

RW #18 2003

Reglar Wiglar #18 cover by Mike Dixon

Comics and other autobiographical writings by Mark Parker comprise the bulk of this half-sized zine. Observations and reflections on a variety of subjects from Xanax to veganism. What do these things have in common? They all seem to have a somewhat scatological bent to them. Find out for yourself. Price: "$5 buys a nice assortment" of A.C. and other titles.

The Suckass CDs I've Traded Issue As the subtitle so accurately suggests, this issue of the mini caboose is devoted to the CDs that author, Liz, has sold or traded when she's purged her collection of the crappy CDs taking refuge there. It's not just a list, there's also an explan-ation. Let those without crappy CDs in their collection cast the first stone.

You probably won't find this in any zine shops. This is basically a mail order only publication for fellow zinesters. It's a review zine that gives it to you straight. For example, they had they had this to say about Reglar Wiglar #16: "too much puffery about the indie music biz" and further expounded on the overall worth: "Disinterested and flat, the fizz is out of this formula." Let me tell you somethin' there never was anything like a fizz in the Wiglar formula. But don't let one wrong opinion steer you away from this quality zine.

Crude drawings and even cruder humor (no wait, that's not possible) make MFIA a guilty pleasure of a read. "Tales of the Scorched Scrotum Society," (in which the author prefaces with the acknowledgment that this is "one of the stupidest, most childish things that I've ever done"), "Famine Cervix" (the artist takes liberties with the adorable Family Circus comic, adding his own caption with sometimes humorous results). Not for those who profess to posses good taste.

I just got back from the grocery store. The lady behind me in line, two kids in tow, had fifteen bags of Cheetos, a ten pack of Kit Kats, a bag of Pop Rocks (I thought those were out-lawed in '81!), a couple of Blow Pops and produce (about five pounds each of: yellow onions, tomatoes, and bana-nas) on the conveyer belt. The woman behind her was also buying onions-more onions than I could find practical use for in two years. Peculiar. What was I buying? A couple of pizzas, a twelve-pack of beer (Rolling Rock) and, an impulse buy; the new Rolling Stone Magazine (the one with Keith Richards on the cover). Now, to the subject at hand, namely, records. Rolling Stone #907 features a nice, long, in-depth interview with the always inspirational Keef, puffery on Ryan Adams, "The Sex Pistols' Revenge" (they played a punkfest put together by Blockbuster and Levi's), Beck, and all the CDs, books, DVDs, and movies I gotta go out and "experience" NOW (!). But the main attraction was their list of the "Top 100 CDs of," I guess what they mean is, "All Time." Like, did you know that Weezer's new one, Maladroit (#91) is better than both Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland (#98) and Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life (#96)? I haven't heard Weezer yet, so I didn't know 'til just now. If you dig metal, be sure you pick up Toxicity (#72) by System of a Down before you waste your money on Metallica's Master of Puppets (#88). But if you've already got both of those, you should be aware that Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory (#58) is a little better than Sab's Paranoid (#59), which is better than AC/DC's Back in Black (#60). But hooray for Reglar Wiglar buddies The White Strokes whose very first album is number #57! Yippee. If the Strokes were a metal band, that would make Is This Mayonnaise the third best heavy metal album of all time, with only Metallica (#42, one ahead of Rumors, and twelve up on Dave Matthews' Crash), Appetite for Destruction (#7), and Tool's Aenema (#27). As far as rap goes, only Eminem makes the chart (#24 & 37). Best punk albums? Well, is Nirvana punk? If they are, or ever were, Nevermind is #2 and In Utero is #22 and Unplugged in New York at #55. Nevertheless, we've got the Sex Pistols at #74, Green Day at #38, and the Clash at #14. But there's more! Didju know that Mariah Carry's album Daydream (#69) sold ten million copies? No wonder it's better than Marvin Gaye's most popular album, What's Going On? (#74), which has still only sold 500,000, even though it's been out for twenty-four more years! But how does one rationalize Highway 61 Revisited (#48, one million) over Music by Madonna (#52) which sold twice as many copies in .0285714 the number of years? Wait a minute! I just realized, this whole list is a fucking SHAM! Weezer's album called Weezer is #21. Weezer had TWO albums called Weezer! And Rolling Stone counted votes for both of them as for one! That must be why Apocalyptic Converter by Weedbrain isn't listed at #83. (Andre Salmon)

The Hermitt returns to Hawaii, or at least the theme of issue #14 returns to Hawaii with more from Sarah and her futile escape from Amerika, Land of Strip Malls. Hippies, big trucks and sugar cane on the hip hop tip.

RW #19 2003

Reglar Wiglar #19 cover by Damon Belanger

1544 WEST GRACE #19
It's been awhile since I've seen a copy of1544. This is a zine about an apartment building, as its tag line proclaims and that apartment is located at 1544 West Grace, as you may have guessed. (You're so smart!) The zine's creator, Larry Roth, is a tenant in the aforementioned 1544 W. Grace building and is responsible for this seemingly mundane but surprisingly interesting zine. This is the War and Peace issue and as such, it documents the proliferation of American flags throughout the neighborhood and includes essay dedicated to New Yorkers ("We All Live in New York City") and of course, those familiar with this zine won't be disappointed by the usual fare off-the-wall tidbits like the page of photocopied of advertisements found on plastic grocery store bags, as well as an itemized list by color of the 343 bags Larry managed to accumulate (248 were white but only one green bag!)

If you've never been to Anneland before (and I hadn't), this zine is a little taste. In broad terms, AA deals with things that Anne either likes or finds annoying. Things that annoy Anne are weightism, people who smoke and guys who expect women to be passive. Also featured are things that rock, things that rool, and things that are hot (Ewan McGregor and Librarians for example). There's also four or five comics drawn by Dan (last name withheld?) that are so crude and absurd that they almost reach guilty pleasure status. Unfortunately, the pleasure part is not quiet there, unless you happen to dig badly drawn pictures of poop and penises (some people do).

The Modular Karaoke Issue
This is the karaoke issue of Caboose and as such, concerns itself with the phenomenon (for some) of the karaoke experience (I'll stop short of calling it a lifestyle). This issue is basically a discussion or group interview of, and between, five karaoke enthusiasts who in the course of their conversation about their karaoke passion, touch upon such karaoke topics as karaoke etiquette (never do "American Pie" or "Paradise by the Dashboard Lights"), karaoke style, regional variations of karaoke and their own personal karaoke standards. This is a good read whether your a karaoke veteran or if you're thinking about delving into that world for the first time. It's funny too. So is using the word karaoke a lot in one review. I think so.

This issue of Dunk & Piss deals with Alex's unintentional bomb scare. You see Alex dropped off a bunch of slightly damaged zines at a Wegman's Supermarket in Rochester, NY where he lives. The zines were wrapped in brown paper which had the words "open me" written on the outside, you follow? Well, in these security sensitive, paranoid times, that very pub lic invitation to open a mysterious brown package caused the evacuation of the entire store, an event that made the six o'clock news. Then his troubles really began, but if you want to know more you're going to ask Alex. Send him a buck for the full scoop.

MK Ultra, with a cover price of $4, plumbs the depths of Goth fashion with an approach like that of a men's magazine. There is a cover girl (Tairrie B of My Ruin), large breasted centerfold and a video offering: Goth Girls Gone Wild! The professionally produced 55 page magazine boasts an impressive array of interviews: Garbage, KMFDM, Nashville Pussy, Motorhead, Cradle of Filth, Daniel Ash and more. The typical sections of news and reviews are included as well as a sex advice column from "Lady Monster, Certified Sex Therapist." Packed with information and visuals, this is a good read. (Tom "Tearaway" Schulte)

This issue of PSZ is a collection of "The Detective Kowolski Files" by Li'l Robbie a.k.a. Robert E. Alletto. Written in the vein of Dashiell Hammett Li'l Robbie's hardboiled detective is a Chicago cop of the Polish persuasion and the cases Detective K. solves primarily concern (yep, you guessed it) polka. With titles like "The Kishka Conspiracy," "The Silence of the Tuba," and "Danuta's Got a Gun," if you like polka and detective stories, this is the issue of Polka Scene Zine you're gonna wanna get. This came out in 2002 so there's probably been twenty-four more issues since then!

This invaluable resource is an encyclopedia of zine distributors categorized by country. Similarly organized is a related section on "Libraries, Archives, Info-Shops, etc." Zine stores and other, miscellaneous resources are similarly grouped. A growing section lists reviewers that Shannon finds to be dependable. A Bulletin Board section acts as a listing of free classifieds. While Shannon does not review zines per se, there is a two page spread on Shannon's zine picks for 2001. Shannon is a poet, and the editor's poetry comes toward the back of this annual publication. (Tom "Tearaway" Schulte)

RW #20 2004

Reglar Wiglar #20 cover by Mike Dixon

1544 WEST GRACE #20
Larry Roth and 1544 W. Grace are back with another issue of the zine about nothing (that's not an insult, in fact, it was the theme of one of the most successful sitcoms of all-time). For the uninitiated, this zine is about a two flat building (located at the address in the zine's title), its tenants, and the surrounding neighborhood. This issue is comprised mostly of Larry's answering of a backlog of reader mail. There's also a log of misdirected mail received at 1544, an update on the new and recent tenants of 1544, and some other small pieces that may be of interest, or possibly no interest, to you. I find this zine interesting in its potential noninterestingness.

"One night while rooting through the recycling bin for magazines, I found all the confidential Ph.D. applicant files for the biology department at an Ivy League University from the years 1965-1975. Stapled to many of the yellowed documents were photographs of the prospective students...only later did I realize I had to publish them." So starts Jesse Reklaw's one-off zine, Applicant. Publish them he did. This zine is nothing but the photos and a few choice quotes taken from what fellow professors and employers had to say about these prospective students. The result is a very interesting, if all too brief time capsule of a decade long gone.

For twenty years Jack Rabid has been publishing this mammoth music magazine. Forget Rolling Stone and Spin, if you want coverage of real music and not flavors of the month, cookie cutter boy bands, or girly-girl singers, then you gotta lug home one of these 300+ pagers. This issue alone features interviews with Belle & Sebastian, Death Cab for Cutie, John Doe (X) , Circle Jerk's Keith Morris, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Shins, Blondie, and over twenty more! Price: $4.95.

The Ridiculous Issue Another delightful issue of Liz's Caboose mini-zine. This is the "Ridiculous Issue" and it's about time. Included in this issue is a treatise on Liz's experience working at a Renaissance Fair ("Ye Renaissance Faire"), a list of people Liz idolized in high school (Rollins, Ian MacKaye, etc.), and a "College Radio DJ Mad Lib" which you can find a reprint of on page ten of this very zine. Aren't you lucky?

This is basically a movie review zine written by, confessed Dungeons & Dragon/horror film geek, Brian Marshall. These are low-brow reviews of low-brow movies I haven't seen, but I think I would probably agree with the Hollywood-as-crap theme that runs through the reviews. I did, however, rent Cabin Fever based on Brian's positive review and all I gotta say is, meh, not so good. Brian also brings up an interesting point of shitty minds thinking alike with Fred "Limp Bizkit" Durst's cover of The Who's "Behind Blue Eyes" at the end of the rather mediocre Gothika. Certainly that version of the song is offensive, but equally so, as Brian points out, are Uncle Cracker's cover of "American Woman" and Kid's Rock's "Feel Like Making Love." These are truly two of the worst songs ever recorded. Not enough people are talking about how much Kid Rock sucks. Why are people afraid to talk about this?

CHORD EASY, 2nd Edition
Chord Easy is a small, photocopied, saddle-stitched digest. The publication comes in a full and short version. I have only seen the short version. Densely packed with type, even this short work can be an intimidating read. However, it is well worth the effort for its straightforward explanation of the music theory essential for anyone striving to get a working knowledge of chord fundamentals. While the aim seems to be for guitar, of all the articles and book passages I have taken in, this is the first time I was able to grasp the 4-3-5 and 3-4-5 rules for major chords versus minor ones. (Tom "Tearaway" Schulte)

I'm not really sure what's going on with this collage of literary snippets and stream of conscious scribbling but if the zine isn't odd enough, it also comes with an equally bizarre CD-R with an assortment of found sounds, at least one of which is from a squirrel. This zine was mostly done on a real life typewriter which adds to the chaos of the layout. Add to that a general lack of cohesion and you have a zine that's sort of hard to follow. But it's an interesting mess for sure.

Prolific writer, activist, and mother, Ayun Halliday and her entire mommy posse of children captivate the world once again! Website highlight: full color photo gallery of characters in zine. Strange thing about activism is it often is fueled by a love for one's children and all children. The smile on a child's face reminds people, more than anything else, that all people deserve freedom from corporate exploitation, freedom to experience kindness, and the freedom to know love. (T.v.L.i.m.i.t.BNB)

The zine for people who love to read is back with the fifty-fourth issue. Features the usual barrage of book reviews and answers to reader queries, also features photos of famous glasses wearers (or is that wearers of glasses?). If you've never read a book, or don't know what a book is, or can't even spell book, this is not the zine for you, but then again, you probably wouldn't be reading this review if you were one of those people.

If you like sleazy, ugly zines about sex and rock 'n' roll, then you're probably gonna love Horizontal Action 'cause H.A. is thee flagwaver for the local and national garage rock scene. I would also be willing to bet a chained wallet that the people who put out this zine are unwashed heathens which would certainly lend a certain legitimacy to it. There are plenty of band interviews, and badly produced photos of naked "ladies" in each issue. The record reviews are pretty crude, occasionally funny, and on a very rare occasion, clever. This issue even features a haiku record review. Now where have I seen haiku record reviews before? Hmmm...

Zine Highlights: Good content as always. This was the third zine I ever got a subscription to. I know this may sound nerdy, but I love the construction of this zine. Smooth dips and curves cut into the tan cover which allow the lavender page beneath it to peek out from beneath before meticulously enumerated white pages emerge. Reminds me of the craftsmanship that Quakers and Amish put into furniture. Simple, yet done well Smooooth. Web site highlight: Web site is brand new and colorful but what I like most is, it has an exhaustive index (by title and by author's name) of all the zines reviewed within the last several years by a certain review zine (guess which one?). Nice! I just find it cool looking through the zine community history. I hope some of the ad-supported, larger budget, ISBN (maga)zines that review zines do an index like this to help archive, support, and most of all, promote the underground community someday! Do ya' hear me glossy folks?! Yeah you! (happy laughter). (T.v.L.i.m.i.t.BNB)

It's taken about a year and a half for the author of MFIA to slap together another issue of his crude and entertaining zine. This issue contains zine reviews including props to the zine you are holding in your hands right now (if you are reading this on-line disregard that last sentence 'cause it wouldn't make sense). And if you ever find yourself facing a shortage of Family Circus or Dennis the Menace cartoons altered to contain drug and sex references, then MFIA can help you out with that too.

Shitty job issues are always enjoyable. Everybody's had 'em (some of us still do) and I always like readin' about 'em. Pick Your Poison is no exception. Whether it's a gig at a gas station or just a temporary stint as a temp, we've all suffered the same work day drudgery (except for rich people) and we all smoke a lot of shitty, seedy weed like Nate too, right? Right?

This issue of the PSZ features a short piece on polka band The Naturals as well as the usual "Polka Dope" column and a four page spread of photos from various Polkaholics shows around the polka town of Chicago, Illinois. Polka, baby!

This is a little two page zine. One page zines have the potential to be so awesome because it shows that someone, somewhere stopped making excuses and just said, "Ay, we're gonna' do this thing!" Freeskool is open to everyone who wants to organize or attend a free class. If making necklaces is your skill, you could put a free description in this zine of where your free-of-charge class would be in the Portland area and teach people. "Freeskool is about encouraging positive social change by creating networks based on mutual aid and understanding." The idea of a zine promoting such a revolution in free education is spreading all over the world and hopefully it will grow as an alternative to the traditional "insurmountable loan + college + four years of no experience=now what?" Long live Freeskool! Web site highlight: a monthly list of their free classes in the Portland, Oregon area as published in their zine. (T.v.L.i.m.i.t.BNB)

As the subtitle of this Australian zine suggests, SHR is a "zine for op shop aficionados and general junk collectors" and as such, it pertains to those of you who refuse to pay a lot for that muffler (that's funny if you remember that old muffler commercial, but never mind). Other features include a short history of the Pelaco garment company and the answer to "Why Do Men's Shirts Button on the Right and Women's on the Left?" Good question and now I know the answer.

Da... Friggin?... BEST!!! Chris, publisher of S&L, is a pioneer in the zine community. Not just by keeping it real, but by the fact that she and the S&L contributors have produced such an incredible zine for so long! I love the way she often mentions current oppressive politics even if she is writing a heart-to-heart editorial about dragons and taking a mental time-out as she did in this issue. I think S&L is so excellent though because of three things: 1) It is a punk community of people who truly love the underground zine scene bringing together S&L with awesome activist articles, music, and zine reviews from all over the world.This issue has reviews of zines from many U.S. states, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Netherlands, Serbia, and more! 2) Chris's emotionally deep editorials, live action band photographs and... 3) This thing is still only the price of postage! Does it get any better? Not!! Get this zine! (T.v.L.i.m.i.t.BNB)

A small book of humorous poetry. Kind of reminds me of Soggy Sprinkles a bit. Below is just one example of the type of poetry you'll find in Suck a Lemon: Fable Writer Aesop? Fable writer? Sorry, I don't handle short stories, Let alone ones written by an old Greek with a moral attitude. No money in it. See me when you have a novel.

YOU IDIOT #1 & #2
Pot smoking seems to be a common theme in You Idiot. Some of the observations on the Drug War are right on and should be obvious, I think, to anyone with at least one undamaged brain cell. The "Dollar Store Reviews" are entertaining enough. A slightly cynical zine from a twenty-something zinester, a natural fit. Other topics covered, "Crazy Preachers Who Burn Journey Albums," "The Sorry Saga of Nick Carter," and the "Rock Solid Science of Cat Astrology."

Zine highlight: Lots of reviews. I like their "Top 250 Zines" list. It is determined by compiling reader and writer responses to Zine Guide's "what are your three favorite zines?" survey. (No, the zines I work on did not make the list, [happy laughter] but I still like it). I love to see so many people involved in independent publishing. It blows my mind that as much as I love zines I haven't even heard of all the people who are on the top thirty. So many zines, so much to look forward to! (T.v.L.i.m.i.t.BNB)

RW #21 2005

Reglar Wiglar #21 cover by Gary Panter

This is the important issue of Caboose. Featured stories in this issue: Liz's recently obtained state of buffness, working out, weight training, the eating of meat and the acquiring of a kickass arm tattoo. There is also a tale of Liz's involvement with the daytime reality show, Fresh Start in which Liz was asked to participate as a "zine expert", actually more of a "pamphlet expert" as the show's producers didn't seem to really know what a zine is. I think Thomas Payne and Ben Franklin made pamphlets, in the 21st Century we make zines, but anyway, it was an interesting behind-the-scenes glimpse of a so-called reality show. Also, don't miss the recurring feature, "Ridiculous Names for Cats Part II."

Small punk zine that follows the general layout of the bigger zines, Razorcake, ye olde Flipside, Maximumrocknroll and the like. The contents of this zine could be bulked up a bit, it's a tad light, but a good effort nonetheless.

I'm sure there are dozens of "skinny-ass, honk-nerd, man-childs trawling for dates on Craig's List any given week. This one dude though, has done so and published his ads along with the subsequent convos with interested and uninterested parties alike. It's probably about as interesting as 50 pages of bored people's e-mail can be—Reception Desk

While I'm totally 'down' with their 'mission' The Believer looks and feels more like a literary zine published by The Gap every time I see it. For the Clerisy, though, is more in line with my aesthetic: cut, pasted, photo-copied and stapled. Compared to it's Dave Egger's-aligned spiritual cousin, it offers omnivorous readers-for-pleasure a more compact, less grad-school alternative. Each month Brant K. spins out a roughly-themed 20 pages of encapsulated commentary on books, movies, zines, and eyeglass fetishism—Reception Desk

The Fury is a small digest-sized music zine straight outa Countryside, IL. Classic cut & paste layout, features band interviews, CD and live show reviews and a few short column-like articles.

Packed with reviews, comics and interviews with both the completely obscure and the relatively unknown musicians and bands, Roctober #39 has everything you've come to love and expect from this Chicago staple. This issue includes articles/interviews on/with 60s Chicago garage band Durty Words; country rock enigma, Unkown Hinson and remembrances of New York Dolls and Gentlemen John Battles recently departed musicians/actors.

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