CLUMSY #18, $3, 5½” x 4¼”, copied, 8 pgs.

Mar 10, 2023

Eating disorders don’t make for light conversation and thus aren’t easy topics. But in this issue of Clumsy, creator Agatha Thrash delves into the topic deeply and openly, focusing on the story of her own anorexia. Therefore, Clumsy #18 comes with a trigger warning that says: “This zine talks in excruciating detail about anorexia. This includes talk about hospitals, medical stuff, nutrition, involuntary hospitalization, and suicidal ideation…. Please, please be careful reading this.” It takes a lot of bravery to talk about something so personal, as Thrash does in a series of searingly honest sections about her experience with anorexia. Dispersed throughout the perzine are pages that contain a single message meant to empower; for example: “I have the courage to allow myself to make progress.” These messages amid this uneasy story about an eating disorder come across as positive self-talk, but they could also serve as a pep talk for readers going through the same thing. Clumsy #18 may be a heavy read, but it’s deft at tackling a subject that impacts untold many. –Gina Murrell (Agatha Thrash, PO Box 3426, Bloomington, IN 47402)

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