KORRUPT YR SELF #6: $2 or trade, 5 ½” x 8 ½”, photocopied, 40 pgs.

Sep 23, 2011

The context for this zine goes like this: Erik moved across the country to start over because he was sick of his desk job and the cold weather. Now he’s living in Albuquerque and looking for a job. He’s pretty optimistic that life is going to be good. The first story in here is the best: He writes about being an extra on the TV show Breaking Bad. Cool! Then there’s a “this is how I feel about Green Day selling out” piece, which strikes me as a topic that people were tired of discussing fifteen years ago. Then there’s the story about being between jobs and the one about young love. Next is a confession about how he acted really creepy toward a cute cashier at a grocery store and then started going to a different store to avoid her. The longest story in here is about how he drove a thousand miles to see DesArk and Pygmy Lush. It is unreal how long he goes on gushing about these bands. He talks about his strong emotions toward their music, saying, “I looked into the eyes of Aimee Argote and Mike Taylor and tried in desperate vain to communicate how happy I was to see them, how happy their music once again made me.” Intense. It’s super weird how he went from a casual tone in his beginning stories to being this character who is crazily obsessed with music; I don’t like it. –Lauren Trout (Erik Gamlem, 4601 Montano Rd. NW #172, Albuquerque, NM81720)

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