The Die Vol 2 Issue 3 / Free / 11×14 / 12 Pages / Red Roach Press, PO Box 764, College Park, MD 20740 / firstname.lastname@example.org / http://www.redroachpress.tripod.com /
I signed up for The Die a few months ago, and havenâ€™t really had time to read any of Joeâ€™s zines until this period. However, I should be kicking myself, as The Die is one of the better-written reads Iâ€™ve had lately. Starting off with the changing of eirâ€™s own views about Self-Reliance and Self-Sufficiency, Joe prefaces the piece by discussing the random suit about the Oreo cookies having trans-fatty acids. While I was totally with eir during the beginning of the piece, Joe lost me when ey started talking about the philosophical nature of things, bringing in a lot of Emersonian thought. Immediately following this piece were a number of reviews of various philosophersâ€™ treatises, and you have to see where Iâ€™m coming from to realize how uninterested I was â€“ I absolutely hate 90% of philosophy, including what ey reviews. However, this doesnâ€™t make the zine any less strong, as the key premises of each individualsâ€™ tract is detailed in such a way that even a philophobe like me is able to understand what the philosopher was talking about. Moving on, a â€œno commentâ€-type of short news blurbs are delivered in Leftyâ€™s Corner and Whose Side Are They On, with minor comments being delivered by Joe. Finally, aside from the letters adorning the back pack of The Die, we are left with a killer set of zine reviews, including some smaller market zines that I hadnâ€™t heard. The Die is free, so make sure to e-mail Joe and get put on the mailing list!