PILTDOWNLAD #4: $2 US, $3 North America, $4 World, 4 ¼” x 7”, photocopied, 40 pgs.

Mar 07, 2013

“I’ve become very lazy and cynical in my old age,” Kelly writes in the intro to this zine. If that’s true of his person, this zine doesn’t show it. The smaller pieces in here largely focus on reviewing and encouraging other zine writers out there—he recaps the 2012 L.A. Zine Fest, where he walks around picking up publications and reflects on them (and their creators) glowingly. He positively reviews a handful of zines he’s picked up recently in the back of the zine. The centerpiece here is a story called “The Nasty Oh-Dear,” a troubling, semi-fictionalized account of Kelly and his brother’s entrance into the foster care system. I’m not a huge fan of his writing style—Kelly’s on too good of terms with platitudes and overused expressions for my liking—but it is honest and from the hip. His writing style, in tandem with candidness and earnestness, is most effective in the “What’s in a Name?” story, where he explains the unusual name of the zine and elaborates on his dogged pursuit of hardcore punk in the ‘80s from his foster home in small-town Alabama—a detective story of sorts that takes him right to the doorstep of the D.C./Dischord scene. –Dave Brainwreck (Kelly Dessaint, PO Box 86714, LA, CA)