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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
Phillip Rizzi
Utilitarian Press

Rating: 7/10 ?

April 14, 1998
Whoa. Yikes. Wowzers. This book is filled with some heavy stuff. And by that I mean stuff that Oprah won't touch. Patch is an open letter in which the author confronts his abusive father. I knew that much before I read it, but I still wasn't prepared for some of what lies within, probably because I haven't had the misfortune of an abusive father. The book is basically a lead through of Rizzi's plans to murder his dad, in an attempt to balance out the moral wrongs of the past, wrapped around an explanation of his tormented childhood. At times the book is sharp and witty but mostly it is dark and brooding with a large volume of explicit images and wording. Not for the faint-of-heart, Patch is a book that will undoubtedly garner some attention, if not for the fact that it sheds some light on abused children from an unpolished not-in-Oprah's-Book-Club point of view then for the fact that Rizzi had the balls to write it.

A note that came with the book explained that this is Utilitarian's first publication, and it shows. There are a number of type-o's and spelling errors throughout, but I am more than willing to look past that when considering that it is from a DIY organization. Not to mention that at $4 each retail, they're surely not making much money off of it. All's fair, I suppose.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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