FACIAL DISOBEDIENCE #8: 50p, 5½” x 8½”, copied, 24 pgs.

Nov 21, 2013

Probably my favorite zine in recent memory, at least in the past year or two. Layout’s no great shakes—mostly just straight text, but Phil has, for a few issues now, crafted a zine that toes the line so perfectly between the personal and the political, with such grace and controlled anger that I can’t help but be floored. This guy is such a great writer, and his writing evokes so much: DIY culture. City living. Love. Booze. The struggle between age and ethics as you find yourself headlong into your thirties and still grasping with so many of the same questions you did as a kid. Punk. Personal zines are hard to manage without being either one long inside joke or so bleakly self-revealing you feel like you’re reading someone’s poorly crafted diary. Facial Disobedience sidesteps all of that because of its relevance, the obvious strength of its writing, and its cautious self-awareness. It’s a personal zine working within the aforementioned themes, but still edging toward the universal and profound. Sounds like a lot, but like I said, I loved the hell out of this one. Most definitely recommended. –Keith Rosson ([email protected])