16 March 2011
THE JOHANN LIBERATION ARMY [by Adam Thomlison]
When you buy this zine, it comes in a manila envelope with a script and two photos inside. The photos are snapshots from the script, which I found delightful -- like a prize in a cereal box. The script follows the dialogue and stories of two men as they struggle with the ends of their romantic relationships. The stories are very focused on these two men, with an almost too narrow emphasis on their angst. As the kind of reader who revels in the complexities of women's lives in fiction, I missed seeing more of the drama of the lesbian secondary character, of her angst with falling out of love with the main character for another woman.
However, that said, I did appreciate that the script's narrow focus on the two men allowed for a study of clear themes along with a tight narrative. One of the aspects of Adam's fiction that I always like is that he depicts emotional men who have these sensitive, bleeding hearts. If you're sick of reading about careless, cruel men, definitely seek out some of Adam's writings, such as his self-published collection of short stories We Were Writers for Disastrous Love Affairs Magazine.
For copies of Adam's zine or book, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.