Dystopian lit and film are in vogue—stores and libraries are having a hard time keeping 1984 and Handmaid’s Tale on the shelves. But as Streetopia editor Erick Lyle notes, the flip side of the coin is the idea of utopia, which questions “when does the nonfunctional and intolerable status quo, endured for years, suddenly become an emergency that must be dealt with immediately at all costs?”
The first line of the second page sums up The American Dream nicely: “I’m forty-five years old and I’m angry.” This piece is printed in the fashion of so many other anarchist zines.
This is the first political zine I’ve read during the Trump administration, so fuck it. I, too, have often been consumed by inarticulable rage, and I have probably already used a lot of the same lines as this writer in Facebook arguments with my dad.
BEHIND THE WHEEL: FROM UBER/LYFT TO TAXI #3, $5 ppd., 5½” x 8½”, saddle stitch and glossy cover, 60 pgs.
In this third volume of Behind the Wheel, our author/driver has gone from Uber, to Lyft, to now taxi driver. This series is an inside look at what it’s like to be a Bay Area driver.
Another sharp-looking issue from this U.K. fanzine. As with the last issue, #11 strikes a cool balance by covering a lot of nationally and internationally relevant bands but tying almost everything back to the local Blackpool scene…. Not bad!
In this comics zine, Chris Kill documents his pilgrimage to the Young Street Bridge, a mecca for Nirvana fans. From start to finish, Cherry Blossoms in Bloom is an engrossing slice of life zine, with minimal artwork that recalls Ben Snakepit.
Here we have a compilation zine put together by some British punk dudes who are nerding out on football, hereafter to be referred to as soccer.
Our author, Ben Smith, who normally lives in Leeds, writes about cycling around Europe as a way of beating the blues. Along the ride, Ben thinks about ways to live off the grid.
Rick V., Emily Timm, and Ben Snakepit: this is a comic zine focused solely on random birthdays in each of the three artists’ lives. A very quick, fun read.