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Preview — Burn Collector by Al Burian
Burn Collector: Collected Stories from One Through Nine
A compilation of the first nine issues of the author’s sporadically published and widely acclaimed personal zine, this volume reflects the do-it-yourself attitude of the 1990s punk music scene and includes humorous anecdotes, philosophical musings, andnuanced descriptions of odd locales and curious characters, all of which were taken mostly from outside of the punk milieu....more
First, I kept Cometbus in mind, comparing the two zinesters. Both share an extreme loyalty, affiliation and alligance to particular physical locations - Cometbus to Berkeley; Al Burian to Portland. The two share some basic ideas about society, DIY ethics, punk rock, and self-imposed poverty. Both are from middle class families (perhaps both with academic fathers? Not sure about Cometbus). But there are some marked diffe ...more
al is an acquaintance, so i'm probably biased, but i love this book.
i buy copies of it to leave with friends who inspire me.
i'm always excited when i see copies of it are selling for inordinately high prices on amazon.
he's the kind of person we can all relate to. read his stories, and you to can relate and understand where he is coming from. everyone can, cause he's writing about life.
he lives. he writes. he is.
be it embarrassing, be it proud, he still puts i ...more
There are definitely times when it gets repetitive in theme ...more
His books are full of (mostly) real-life experiences and adventures. He does readings all over, picks up and moves on a pretty regular basis, tours with his bands (Milemarker and... the name of the other is escaping me at the moment), and drinks too much coffee.
Al literally just spends each section (originally published as individual 'zines) telling the story of part of his life. One section is a comic, one is about him and his brother wandering around Berlin and going to discos.
So much better than Cometbus.