Zine Yearbook, The: Volume 7: Edited by Jen Angel and Jason Kucsma, $14, 164 pgs. By Josh

Sep 16, 2010

The title of this book is fairly self-explanatory. Like a high school yearbook, the Zine Yearbook highlights what has been going on in the past year or so. To continue the analogy, it’s pretty broad in terms of what it covers, so a lot of stuff is going to fall through the cracks. There’s also that uncanny quality about the whole thing where you can look through it and see a bunch of stuff that you don’t give a shit about. But I don’t want to be all nitpicky and negative about the whole thing, so I’ll just stick to the positive stuff. Some of the neat zines included that I’ll be on the look out for are America?, Cryptozoa, Cudgel, Ration, Scenery, and Slop. As for the rest of the stuff, some of it is okay, and some of it is pretentious “look at me, I’m a zinester” crap, so this is more like an overview of the zine community than a “best of”-type book. Wow, it looks like I can write short book reviews. –Not Josh (Soft Skull Press, 71 Bond St., Brooklyn, NY11217)