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Joe Evans III doesn’t try to be anyone he’s not. And in the realm of zines, that’s a great asset. Joe comes across as having nothing to prove to anyone, that he’s trying to find meaning in his life, and that he has great faith in DIY punk rock. This anthology covers a lot of traveling—Joe as a roadie, Joe going to Fests, Joe as a traveling musician himself. The writing is forthright, the style simple, and Joe comes across as a mellow guy who suffers through the work grind, looks like a kid, has a deep knowledge of fast food, and was raised in the suburbs of New Jersey. Here’s my advice for Joe. Have more fun with the writing. Mix it up. I understand most of this zine falls under “reportage”—and he does a fine job of that—but that doesn’t mean you can’t include details that, at first glance, have little relevance. That’s where insight resonates and gives you a more distinct voice. There are glimpses of this when he goes to a Fest and reports his food war with Matt Army. I’d like this mixed right next to how stoked he is to see, say, the Grabass Charlestons. Good job, Joe. Keep at it. –Todd (Joe Evans III, emailjoeevansiii[at]gmail.com)