SCAM #10, 25th Anniversary Issue, $8 ppd., 8 ½” x 11”, offset, 160 pgs.

Mar 23, 2017

I’ve been a fan of Erick Lyle since the days when he went by the name Iggy Scam. Back then—twenty-five years ago, as this issue’s masthead declares—he was the living embodiment of a Blatz song, fucking shit up whether pushing a boombox playing “Damaged” around Miami in a shopping cart or providing schematics for stealing electricity from lampposts. Erick’s matured since those days, certainly, but his insurrectionary spirit and joy for life still burn white hot at this issue’s core. Erick still writes on gentrification, graffiti, squatting, and police, but the scope of his interviews have widened: in addition to talking with/about the Pleasure Leftists and Shellshag, Lyle covers members of the lit scene like CA Conrad and Daphne Gottlieb. I treat the arrival of this zine like a national holiday, dropping everything to dig in (and at 160 pages, it’s a long holiday). Viva Scam! –Michael T. Fournier (1011 Bedford Ave. #3, Brooklyn, NY 11205,