RADVOCATE #4, THE: $2, 8 ½” x 5 ½”, photocopied, 28 pgs.

I feel bad because this is the third time in a row I’ve gotten an issue of this to review and I’m getting tired of trashing it. Honestly, I think it’s bad, but it’s not so bad that I would claim it objectively so­. It’s more that this resembles something I might be into (stories, art, photography, interviews) but each and every time it strikes out with me. Somebody might like this, and these people are definitely putting serious thought and energy into it­—it’s just that reading short stories about going to parties, especially where the character has extensive dialogue with “petite girl,” is so rarely ever what I wanna read, anywhere. Not into the photos, either. Kudos to them for the weird, brief interview with the founder of a mystical religious sect though. Dude is a total wingnut, which, after three issues of The Radvocate, is a refreshing, unique presence. ­ (The Radvocate, 3245 University Ave. Ste. 1430, San Diego, CA 92104)