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#4 and #5, 5 ½ x 8 ½, photocopied, 48 pgs. each

By sean
Friday, January 15 2010

This is a serialized novel about a fairly unsuccessful college punk band from the midwest. It’s told from the perspective of each of the four band members, all of whom are pretty intelligent in that I’ve-been-in-college-for-three-years-and-now-I-know-a-shitload-of-useless-trivia way, and all of whom are nutty and drunk enough to make the stories fun. Issue #4 has chapters 9-11. The band opens for a cheesy, major label band, they attend peace protests, they debate working class politics as it relates to linguistics, they survive the holidays, and they ressurrect an old, forgotten punk band and play a show with them. In between, a lot of hijinks ensue, the most memorable of which has to do with a performance art piece based on an urban myth that Kieth Richards and Mick Jagger ate a candy bar out of Marianne Faithful’s box. Issue #5 deals has chapters 12-14. Two members of the band stream porn in through the university’s video projection system, a friendly fascist named Il Duce moves into their house, the fascist becomes the band’s manager, which leads to all kinds of moral dilemmas, and a revolutionary organization is formed around the love of toast. I’ve been following the Emus since the first issue, and I’m hooked. I get excited when a new issue comes in the mail. I usually stop what I’m doing and sit down and read it right away. And the cool thing about this being a serialized novel is that reading it gets to be a long, enjoyable process. If I had the whole book in one unit, I would’ve read through it in a weekend and been done with it. As it stands, I only get three chapters every so often, so every few months, I’m transported back to a small, Ohio college town where I get to hang out with Alexender Depot, George Jah, Funnybear, and Theodorable and watch their beautiful trainwreck. I’m looking forward to the next installment. –Sean (Wred Fright, PO Box 770332, Lakewood, OH 44107)

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