Thursday, April 4, 2013

Zine Review: Cheer the Eff Up

Cheer the Eff Up #4
half legal / lotsa dollars
PO Box 633
Chicago, IL 60690

The oldest sage advice for writers is “write what you know” … and Jonas writes about his circle of friends, and his inner thoughts, feelings and perceptions with clarity and candor. Jonas is writing Cheer the Eff Up to his child, like a message in a bottle that may ripple back to shore when his child grows up. One can only hope – not to be cynical but my adult children don’t give a fuck about any of the zines that I write.

What can we write to honor our children, past, present and future? The truth. Jonas relates his struggles with depression, which in some ways echo my own. Every day is an opportunity to do something different to get through the day, to find a path onto the brighter side of the road, to shake off the shackles of the day jobs that we cling to for economic survival – to remember why we are surviving. 

This is the type of zine I can read in one sitting & return to again and again because it is so well presented. Cheer the Eff Up is moody and real and arrived in my mailbox at just the right moment. Send some bucks to Jonas & hopefully this zine will end up in your mailbox too. 

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