XEROGRAPHY DEBT #41, $4, 5 ½” x 8 ½”, printed, 75 pgs.

Sep 20, 2017

It’s been years since I’ve read Xerography Debt, but when I found myself entrenched in the zine scene, I enjoyed it greatly. “A zine that reviews other zines—how cool!” I thought to myself all those years ago. I scoured the pages for issues written by friends. I also appreciated Xerography Debt’s generally optimistic reviews, which, even if not one hundred percent positive, were never brutal and tried to be uplifting in their criticism. It seems as though this issue is much different than the ones I read years ago and not for the better. Xerography Debt bills itself as “The review zine with perzine tendencies,” and that’s clear in that there are columns at the front of the issue followed by over 150 zine reviews. I couldn’t really get into the perzine tendencies, although I did appreciate Jeff Somers’ column on making it as a freelance writer. None of the others struck me as noteworthy reading. I was also disappointed that a number of the writers submitted reviews for the same zines. If I’m not already a fan of a zine, reading about it a second, third, fourth, or even fifth time isn’t going to do much for me. I do have to give props on a few things, though. It was great to see contributors in Spain, Germany, Japan, Australia, and Turkey. That meant there were also some foreign language zines reviewed, reminding the reader of their importance all over the globe. Also, the reviewer of issue #95 of Razorcake liked my article about Christian punk and, in the service of self-interest, isn’t that all that really matters? –Kurt Morris (Davida Gypsy Breier, PO Box 347, Glen Arm, MD 21057)