Accountability Processes are Ableist as Fuck
28 pages, digest, heavy stock cover
I had to look up ableist
There are intersecting dimensions to this publication. It is a prequel to a book Joe has out, "Good Trouble: Building a Successful Life and Business with Asperger's." In the intro, Joe talks about how Asperger's almost destroyed his life. But in that first paragraph the voice is confident and hopeful. Joe puts a personal face on a subject many of us struggle to understand and accept. Not just of Asperger's and autism, but of mental health in general. There is a universality to his story of being misunderstood, unexplainably out of step, and disconnected. He also gives voice to the common experience of relief one feels when finally correctly diagnosed. "I really am different, and it's not my fault."
He also chronicles the range of responses he gets from others; everything from, "oh, that makes total sense," to "that's just an excuse."
From this perspective, Joe's story is an elegant account of recovery and empowerment.
Regarding the overall quality of the zine, it is top notch. The writing is crisp and precise, the layout very clean, and the production is as good as a plain old zine can be.
The remaining aspect of this volume is about Joe's break up with his ex and the splintering of Microcosm books.
Joe's story of self discovery is intertwined with this other louder story. If you don't have the stomach for more of the Microcosm / Pioneer Press / Joe / Jennifer / Alex saga, this may not be for you.
On the other hand, if you've listened to one side of the story, you might as well listen to the other.
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review by Jack Cheiky
This zine is being donated to the Cleveland Zine Library after review.