ACCOUNTABILITY PROCESSES ARE ABLEIST AS FUCK, $2, 5 ½” x 8 ½”, 28 pgs.

Joe Biel writes about discovering his Asperger, a form of autism, and how it’s changed the way he understands his person-to-person relationships. He breaks down the symptoms of his condition, explains how he feels some people have never given him a fair chance (see title), and shares some revealing moments from therapy sessions. As a piece of writing, it’s cohesive and compelling. That said, while reading and rereading, three things kept coming to mind: the first thought being how tricky it is to write about Biel’s zine without diving into the particularities of how he’s possibly taken advantage of former workers and writers involved with Microcosm; the second, how the last place a guy should act in a bullying manner is in the zine scene, a space where the soft spoken and introverted go to take a break from—let us say—the assholing everyday America, where treating people as resources is the rule and not the exception; and three, perhaps most importantly, how easy it is for me to go about my day not having to navigate the difficulties of living with Asperger. In any case, you’ll draw your own conclusions. –Jim Joyce (Microcosm Publishing, 2752 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227, microcosmpublishing.com)