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Toil #4 : Starting Over


Toil4

40 pages, 8.5" x 5.5", 3 bucks or trade, edited by Kimberlee, Power of Paper, PO Box 27456, Albuquerque NM 87125-7456, USA + powerofpaperzines [at] gmail [dot] com

This issue of Kimberlee's work zine has the theme 'starting over'. There are a bunch of contributors who tackle this theme in their own ways, but my favourite is Becky Wolf's 'No More Waiting', about her last day waiting tables in a restaurant. I really like the paragraph about the staff finishing up for the night and hitting the booze. "Waiting tables makes you drink. The schedule, the stress, the pace, the pocket money. Everybody's on the verge of alcoholism." Coming in a close second is teresaiswar's 'Stink', in which she admits to knowing "...the difference between the scent of standard shit and clostridium difficile shit. I know the smell of shit when a person has taken a ton of medications, the smell of the first shit after an elective knee surgery when the GI tract has come out  of slumber, and I know the smell of shit when a person has blood in their shit, which I liken to wet aluminium foil on cavity-infested teeth."
Also, not a bad cover from that bastard Stratu!

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sidclark
Feb. 18th, 2014 03:19 pm (UTC)
intriguing
Did that bastard Stratu contribute a piece about his mail-room job? Anyway, more people should write about their jobs. I remember reading Studs Terkel's "Working". Man, was that depressing. And they actually made a musical out of it!

And to quote "Don's Party": "You're more than a little intrigued."
blackguard23
Apr. 9th, 2014 12:55 am (UTC)
Re: intriguing
Nah, I only did the cover. [Only? Haw! I did the motherfucking COVER, bitches!] ... Did you read the stuff I wrote about my glowstick salesman job [on the Atomiser blog?] That's work writing!
sidclark
Apr. 9th, 2014 02:01 pm (UTC)
Re: intriguing
Went to the Atomiser blog and went back to 2006 and didn't see anything that talked about selling glowsticks. Could you provide a pointer or help locating this info?
blackguard23
Apr. 10th, 2014 12:22 am (UTC)
Re: intriguing
sidclark
Apr. 10th, 2014 07:40 am (UTC)
Re: intriguing
Thanks, that was pretty interesting. I think I'll read more of the early Atomiser posts.

One did catch my eye, the one about constipation. It says that the constipation was due to M-potion. What is that?
blackguard23
Apr. 11th, 2014 01:18 am (UTC)
Re: intriguing
Morpheus's home brew. I couldn't get enough...
sidclark
May. 2nd, 2014 07:51 pm (UTC)
this is the post that got me started
I've spent the past 3 weeks reading nothing but on-line Stratu. What with all my comments I must qualify as a good-sized wart on his ass by now.
sidclark
Jun. 8th, 2014 07:40 pm (UTC)
3 months
Been 3 months now of treading through Stratu's thoughts. That and browsing tumblr porn. Comin' down the home stretch now, almost caught up.
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