The expatriated Al Burian reflects on a year spent living in Berlin, Germany. His wildly free-range topics include: freedom, happiness, animal liberty, Aristotle, modern dentistry, riots as rituals, uncomfortable proximity to drunken teenagers, and how to best color co-ordinate an outfit that includes a Black Flag T-shirt and a baby stroller. Plus: When You Realize the Freedom,” an illustrated essay by Anne Elizabeth Moore. "Burian is one of our generation's great storytellers, a wily and insightful observer of the human condition,” says Davy Rothbart of Found Magazine, and this zine is the best one yet,” says Al. Who are we to argue?
"While Burian's near-poetic true life tales have long been the selling point of his sporadic publication, there's a clear joy in the seeming abandon with which the author culled together the rather dissonant approaches into a single volume. The issue begins in a fairly standard manner, with musings on the Chicago Transit Authority (not the band) and the happy resurgence of house shows in the area. All the while, however, the pieces are supplemented with Burian's own crudely-drawn strips, sometimes complimenting the text, and other times simply playing out as their own contextual tangents." - The Daily Cross Hatch