ZISK #34, $3, 5½” x 8½”, copied, 32 pgs.

Jan 25, 2024

Zisk is a zine about baseball created primarily by punks. I’ve read more issues of Zisk than I’ve watched baseball games in the last decade, so I don’t know anything about baseball but I enjoy good sports writing that’s willing to step outside of the sport itself and explore how it relates to culture, or a subculture or something along those lines. Zisk does that well. It’s packed with strong and varied writing, from a piece about collecting the baseball cards of dead players to a humorous romp imagining if a player wrote his diary like Henry Rollins did in Get in the Van. The pieces that struck me most were those that looked at the sport through a queer lens, particularly jimmy cooper’s brilliant braided essay about folding queerness back into punk and into baseball, about undoing what patriarchy has done to both and making them anew. Zisk will likely be my only window into the world of baseball, and it’s a good one. –Emma Alice Johnson (PO Box 469, Patterson, NY 12563 and PO Box 530, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675)

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