The title consists of the first three words that come to mind when I try to describe the zine I found. This zine, entitled “Abrupt Lane Edge,” seems to deal with the intersection of queerness as it relates to alienation, the ‘90s punk scene, and a strong argument against religious influence. The result is a scattered conglomeration of satirical rants, a page about mail-order boyfriends, and the subversive punk rewriting of Christian-themed articles. I understand the purpose of this zine – if there is a purpose at all – to be a queer reading (as in, homosexual and punk) of mainstream, religious, heterosexual culture. Moreover, the author is not afraid to express his feelings or his sexuality. He in fact seems to do so as a means of articulating his dissatisfaction with a culture that uses “rigidly defined, religiously based ideas” to govern “love and sexual intimacy between human beings.” And why is this zine so awesome? I think the concept of a mail-order boyfriend is pretty great, especially if one of the options is a lover who writes “Gossipy letters about whose [sic] fucking whom & the scene at all the fabulous clubs in a highly metropolitan area at least a thousand miles away from where you live,” says it all.
Some of my favorite pages:
The “this is what this zine is about” page:
The author’s take on a baptism form (is that what you call it?):
Potentially my favorite part of the zine:
The zine’s cover:
Another instance in which the author rewrites Christian messages: