Book Reviews

Burnt Sienna By Joshua Bohnsack, 31 pgs.

This is a short read of flash fiction that consists of cocktail recipes on one page and a short written piece afterward. Some pieces are as short as one sentence while others are two or three pages. Not surprisingly, they primarily deal with alcohol, whether it’s overt or mentioned as an aside. But there’s also […]

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High-Risk Homosexual—A Memoir By Edgar Gomez, 304 pgs.

The title of Edgar Gomez’s first book and memoir High-Risk Homosexual comes from an exchange he had with a doctor from whom he was trying to get a prescription for an HIV-preventative drug. It begins at ground level and ends up encompassing a wide, wide view, of the national—maybe global—gay community. Gomez portrays the gay […]

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Jacket Weather By Mike DeCapite, 256 pgs.

Mike DeCapite was on the bill the first night I ever hit the road touring my fiction. I went out to dinner with him and his girlfriend June after the reading. I had a great time talking with them—they’re a little older than I, so they were both closer to our shared reference points for […]

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Plus 1 Athens: Show Flyers from a Legendary Scene 1967-2002 Edited by Henry Owings, 154 pgs.

Back when Henry Owings’ zine Chunklet was still active, it would arrive at the house and preempt all other activity, what with its tiny type and high page count, whether the issue was catch-all, or themed (the “Pay to Not Play” issue, where Henry offered a list of bands money to break up was pretty […]

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Punkhouse in the Deep South, A: The Oral History of 309 By Aaron Cometbus & Scott Satterwhite, 144 pgs.

309 W. 6th Street in Pensacola, Fla. is one of the longest occupied punk houses in the country. The house was home base for the alternative/punk/DIY scene in Pensacola and housed members of This Bike Is A Pipebomb, BMX Bandits, and probably thirty to fifty short-lived punk bands. It was right down the street from […]

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Punkhouse in the Deep South, A: The Oral History of 309 By Aaron Cometbus & Scott Satterwhite, 144 pgs.

If you’re reading book reviews in Razorcake, I feel like I can make two assumptions about you: one, you are familiar with the concept of punkhouses and, two, you know who Aaron Cometbus is. If I’m wrong (and it’s totally fine if I am), a punkhouse is that rundown house where a group of punks […]

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What’s on the Menu? By Chase Griffin, 162 pgs.

Having spent a good chunk of my life in Florida, I can attest to the fact it’s indeed a very strange place. Having been to Tampa more than a handful of times, I can attest to the fact that the city is even weirder than the rest of the state. This regional abnormality is part […]

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Where the Wild Gigs Were: A Trip through America’s Legendary Underground Music Venues By Tim Hinely and Friends, 235 pgs.

Dozens of clubs, illegal spaces, and dives, now mostly defunct, sorted geographically and remembered by any number of heavy hitting writers, artists, and musicians—Nørb and Faloon the Razorcakers among ’em. Tons of flyers, listings, and photos, too. In a book like this, with wildly disparate contributors included, the quality (and, for that matter, quantity) of […]

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Whimsy: A Novella By Shannon McLeod, 174 pgs.

Following her accident—in which her face is disfigured, requiring skin grafts from her legs—Whimsy has a hard time readjusting. She tries to cover her pockmarks with make-up, but is still cornered by jocks demanding to know what happened. And she has to relearn how to deal with people. Does her now-deceased roommate’s brother like her, […]

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Directions from the Outskirts of Town: Punk Rock Diaries from Nineties North America, By Welly Artcore, 316 pgs.

Tour diaries are usually pretty dull. Sure, there are interesting anecdotes scattered throughout, but since tours lack any kind of narrative structure, the litany of entries can get tedious: “First we went to this town, then we went to the next one,” blah, blah, blah. I wasn’t expecting much from this one, in which Welly […]

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Fallopian Rhapsody: The Story of the Lunachicks, By The Lunachicks and Jeanne Fury, 352 pgs.

In 1987, New York City was a lawless land with less-than-zero invested in preserving any trace of childhood innocence. It’s hard enough to imagine growing up there at that time, not to mention being a teenage girl there (“Perverts were everywhere,” according to this book). From these seemingly hostile conditions emerges a group of incredibly […]

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Fang, The: Weekend at Medusa’s, By Marc Palm, 70 pgs.

This is the second pocket-sized graphic novel by Marc Palm starring Fang, a monster hunter who also happens to be a vampire. It starts with her getting bit by a snake that sends her on a psychedelic trip. This was possibly a calling card from Medusa, which sets her on a mission of intrigue and […]

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