RADVOCATE, THE : $2, 8½” x 5½”, printed, 38 pgs

Sep 11, 2012

I opened this zine to a story entitled, “We Listen to Metal.” It’s kind of near the middle of the zine, which is not something I would normally do, but it caught my eye and I started reading. It is a story of a young girl and her father, who is slowly wasting away while their world collapses around them. It’s a very powerful story, and although it’s hard to criticize dialogue, I found one particular word distracting. Maybe that’s just me, but when I read the words, “fucking Jew,” I tend to distrust the author. However, I was moved by the story. There’s a show review of a band called Earthless that was very similar to many of my experiences going to shows by myself. The inner-dialogue and the astonishment at the people attending the show is something I related to. This also features an essay from a photographer and a professional rollerblader (something I did not know existed). –Steve Hart (The Radvocate, 3245 University Ave., Ste. 1430, San Diego, CA92104)