CHRISTIAN HUMPER, THE #54, Free, 3 ¾” x 6”, printed, 20 pgs.

It’s been a long time since Adam Voith has published a copy of his zine, The Christian Humper, although he’s been putting it out since 1991. I’m so glad he’s back at it. This issue is a great fictional piece about Adam’s neighbor. After many years of living nearby but never meeting, Adam finally does so, and gets to see the neighbor’s big old tour bus. The rest of the zine finds Adam switching back and forth between the actual encounter and the personality he has created in his mind of this neighbor. In Adam’s mind, this old man used to be the driver for Christian musicians, including Michael W. Smith. Adam’s imaginary tales of this man’s life are hilarious. They brought plenty of smiles to my face as I recalled Christian musicians from my teens and experiences in youth group. As someone who wrote “One Punk’s Guide to Christian Punk” for Razorcake, it shouldn’t be a surprise I got a kick out of this. However, I think those who have an even peripheral interest in Christian music culture or who grew up in a church youth group will find this zine to be appealing. In addition, Adam is a great writer whose prose is smooth and enjoyable to read. And it’s free, so there’s really no reason not to get this issue of The Christian Humper. –Kurt Morris (Adam Voith, 6559 Brownlee Dr., Nashville, TN 37205, adamvoith@me.com)