FUCK AND FIGHT FANZINE #?: $?, 5 ½” x 8 ½”, photocopied, 12 pgs.

Fuck and Fight is a mess. The layout had me constantly twisting it to read it. Typewritten sections. Hand-written sections. Cookie fortunes. It’s jumbled together. The back cover is a direct scan of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band/Live 1975-1985. These are all outward indications that this zine will probably blow. Nothing could be further from the truth. Rene is insightful (talking firsthand about the inherent racism of San Diego’s public transit), passionate (beware kickable trash cans), and a huge fan of music as a cathartic release (live review of Pressure Point). I want to listen to Rene talk all day long. I want Rene to be my life coach on drinking days. He’s an engaging story teller, there’s often a surprise, and he wears his heart on his sleeve. (The piece on his grandmother’s death and U.S./Mexico border crossings is powerful.) With Bruce Springsteen’s sweat rubbed into Rene’s scalp, Fuck and Fight is a glorious, honest, sloppy mess, one that I highly recommend. –Todd Taylor (Rene Navarro, no address listed)