Urban Hermitt, a young, queer hiphop artist, poet, and hard-traveler, is the center of this celebrated zine. His picaresque look at queer life and love begins with a teenage Hermitt navigating a dirty, pock-marked trailer park landscape of sketchy stoners, confused punks, and sinister hippies. A raw, druggy, sexed-up, coming-of-age story, it is irreverently humorous with t...more
I read a couple issues of the Urban Hermitt’s eponymous zine a few years ago and really enjoyed them, so I was excited when my partner sent me a copy of The Flow Chronicles, Hermitt’s first book. Like the zines, this book was super fun to read!
Hermitt writes about coming of age and coming out as a tomboy dyke, avoiding creepy hippy men and trying to hook up with hot sexy women. From crappy foodservice jobs to drug experimentation, Hermitt...more
[Review originally published in 2003 on NewPages.com]
In this book, the Hermitt spins a collection of related tales about his search for meaning and identity in his life. During his quest, he takes drugs, obsessively listens to certain techno and indie rock bands, and interacts with a revolving cast of fascinating characters. Eventually, he comes to realize that things aren't quite so easily categorized as many people would have him believe. It's an inspiring tale of the value and importance of e...more
Urban Hermitt formerly identified as a woman and a lesbian.
As he states about himself in his book, The Flow Chronicles: "Besides fra...more