LOITERING & BENEVOLENCE, $2, black and white w/color cover, 12 pgs.

The thing about punks is that we love to talk about punk. What it means to be, what it means to do, who is and is not, some defining philosophy. Well, Daryl talks about punk the way I wish everyone did: with joy, hope, and a critical eye that sees through the bullshit we’re all prone to. Really, the cover image (by Marcos Siref) says it all in two words: “Never stop.” There is a reason we’re in this, even if it’s sometimes shitty and hard. These essays and reviews, with the exception of the title essay, were all previously published in Razorcake, but they make a nice standalone selection and all are inspiring to keep on truckin’, keep on punkin’, and keep on fightin’ the good fight. Full of one-liner nuggets of truth: “You will be coming of age until the day you die.” This is a love letter to punk, not just a band or a scene (though that’s there, too) but the multiplicitous force that keeps us together. –jimmy cooper (Daryl Gussin, [email protected])