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Piltdownlad No. 4 - The Nasty Oh-Dear

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Piltdownlad is a personal narrative zine. Each issue centers on a true story. The story in issue 4 is "The Nasty Oh-Dear," about how I moved from East LA to Alabama in the eighties and ended up a ward of the state.

Piltdownlad #4 also covers a wide range of topics related to zines, self-publishing and perzines, including a meditation on the first perzine I ever read, the pondering of truth versus fiction in the perzine, the origins of the name "piltdownlad," Dischord Records, who and what I saw at the LA Zine Fest as well as several pages of zine reviews.


Today I Started Slogging Again – Can truth and fiction coexist in the perzine?
The Nasty Oh-Dear – A true confession as a narrative.
2012 LA Zine Fest – What and who I sat at the Los Angeles Zine Fest.
What’s In A Name? – Origins of the name “piltdownlad” and the impact of Dischord Records.
The Zines I Read – Zine reviews.

Original art by Walt Hall

4.25" × 7"
photocopied on Mohawk paper

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"In 1986, when I was fifteen, I moved from Los Angeles to a small town in Alabama. My father, a sergeant in the Army, was transferring to Fort McClellan outside a place called Anniston. Along for the ride were Joey, my younger brother, and Rick, a friend of the family who was also in the Army. We left LA the day after Christmas. It was the first time Joey and I had ever been out of Southern California. The prospect of a new beginning was like a beacon guiding us across the country. The way the old man talked about it, the South was a land of golden opportunities, where we’d be free to reinvent our lives for the better. Six months later, the old man and Rick were in prison, Joey was in a Christian group home and I was in a mental hospital. For me, things were looking up."

Piltdownlad No. 4 - The Nasty Oh-Dear


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