Ride On #7

Ride On #7 / $2 / 64 Pages / Half-Sized / jimstraub@riseup.net / 2112 Rose Ave, Richmond VA 23222 / 

A personal zine that actually has some ties to the outside world, Ride On discusses three main points in Jim’s life, whether it be in high school, Mexico, or Richmond. Jim goes into detail about eir’s surroundings, being informative as well as emotive. Covering topics as wide as the history of Uruguay and Bolivia to the political history of Sa’ad El-Amin, Jim really goes into topics that everyone will find at least one thing to focus in on. Aside from handwritten text on both the inside covers and pictures of Angela and Mike Davis on the outer covers, Ride On is completely rendered in an average font. However, one does not get bored with the static nature of the background or font, as Jim writes in a style that is so compelling that an individual cannot put it down. There are no faults with this zine, no little pieces that made me want to throw it against the wall, and Ride On is honestly one of the best personal zines I’ve ever read. Describing eir’s desire to go through every street in the city, this obsession of Jim’s runs a parallel current to all of the events that ey involves eirself in – the complete gamut of groups, as it were. While all of the places in Ride On are covered in street-by-street detail, there is another line running throughout the zine that shows human interaction, something individuals can pick up on even if they are not familiar with the location that Jim is talking about. Definitely, a high in personal zines.

Rating : 9.6/10

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