LOAFING THE DONKEY #79, $4, 7” x 8½”, copied, 35 pgs.

Sep 16, 2021

The long-awaited new issue of Loafing the Donkey, Peter Mantis’s long-running zine dedicated to “trash American culture,” is finally here. After at least a four-year gap between this issue and the last, Mantis is back with a vengeance and has lots to catch his dedicated readers up on, including pets still kickin’ it (hi, Zontar!) and recently passed (R.I.P. Rita), thoughts on the pandemic and the new occupants of the White House, and praise for Motor City music. There are also in-depth write-ups on mail art, nonprofit radio, and Ann Arbor artist Jim Shaw. Guest writer Claire Moore-Avalon provides a review of Memphis-based outsider artist Nick Canterucci’s exhibit *Asterisk. And there is Mantis’s film review of Le Mans (1971), starring Steve McQueen. Definitely don’t sleep on this latest issue of Loafing the Donkey, now thirty-four years in print! –Gina Murrell (2264 Elzey Ave., Memphis, TN 38104-2455)