R.O.N. #5 / :15 / 28M / firstname.lastname@example.org /
What I first was freaked out about this zine is that the editor, who is never named, connected to me directly when ey mentioned 8 Bark, one of the first punk bands that I picked up. To this day, I still donâ€™t think Iâ€™ve ever listened to that disc, but nonetheless, it was a weird opening to this zine. It is always rare to see Alpha-male, unafraid to piss everyone off attitudes in zines nowadays ,and Hecklerâ€™s Tales stands alone in that it has a narrator that is an asshole, but doesnâ€™t need to be sexist, racist, or homophobic to do so. This type of asshole-faÃ§ade is undermined though by self-deprecation, especially with little gems like â€œI was still really afraid to talk to her cuz I repel pretty girls like citronella does mosquitoes.â€ Where a second-wave feminist might see the editor as being sexist is in this same story where ey says â€œGod damn she was piping hotâ€¦had on this shiny mini skirt thang and whhooo dangâ€. This is the perfect example of where a positive sexuality, just because it is espoused by a biological-male, is typically taken as being sexist where ey is just sexually excited at something. Sure, ey might be objectifying her, but is it any different when a guy would say â€œlooks at that kidâ€™s cock, wow-weeâ€? Anyways, the nuances of being a heckler are explained in detail, almost as if it is a specific profession. For example, â€œOnce you start pointing out the flaws of a certain performer, you really put it on the line and make folks think about what theyâ€™re cheering for.â€ The zine is chock-full of anecdotes, always funny and well written. I have no clue on where to pick up a copy, but this is a zine I would love to photocopy just so other people could get the chance to read it.