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Lanky
Aaron Cometbus, paperback, 90 pgs.
By Sean Carswell

Aaron writes at a level that’s miles above what you would expect from a personal zine. I’ll even go so far as to say that he writes at a level above most writers: zinesters, journalists, “serious literary authors,” whoever.


Last One to Die
By Michael Essington, 204 pgs.
By Jimmy Alvarado

For a scene that purportedly disdained “rock stars”, so little attention has been given to chronicling, the gaggles of punkers and punkettes who bought the records, attended shows, and were the lifeblood of “the scene.”


League, The
By Billups Allen, 192 pgs.
By Kurt Morris

The League is a quick-moving story about Martin Selby, a twenty-something who has recently moved from the East Coast to a California college town in the desert. Trying to overcome social anxiety, obesity, and a shitty job, he eventually finds some relief in sumo wrestling.


Left of the Dial: Conversations with Punk Icons
By David Ensminger, 320 pgs.
By Jimmy Alvarado

It is less a history lesson in the strictest sense than an attempt to document the threads of punk’s ideological framework, its common core motivations, and its unspoken philosophies.


Letters to Kurt
By Eric Erlandson, 159 pgs.
By Kurt Morris

It is interesting to see how a celebrity views certain issues and people, and it was also impressive to see Erlandson’s knowledge of popular culture and his political understanding. It made for more lively reading than most poetry I’ve come across. Yet I’m still hesitant to fully endorse the book.


Life and Limb: Skateboarders Write from the Deep End
Edited by Justin Hocking, Jeffrey Knutson, and Jared Maher, 188 pgs.
By Todd Taylor

Life and Limb also has the feel of a book you could give to a non-skater to show them that skateboarding’s world is much wider than a bunch of concrete-terrorizing miscreants or an ever-touring corporately sponsored modular park with jacked-up commentators.


Life Won’t Wait
By Michael Essington, 173 pgs.
By Kurt Morris

Michael Essington’s second book is certainly a page-turner, despite grievous errors, many of which could be fixed fairly simply. Essington writes from the heart and has some great stories to tell, whether it’s meeting singer Eddie Money or experiences with his health. It’s the substance of the material that made me read this in two sittings.


Lifter Puller vs. The End of
Compiled By Jessica Hopper, 90 pgs., with download card
By Nick Toerner

I decided to splurge on this retrospective about Lifter Puller, the underappreciated-during-their-time Minneapolitan indie rock punk band.


Literotica: The Very Best of Literotica.com
Edited by Lori Selke, paperback, 236 pages
By Guest Contributor

There’s a lot of kick-ass erotica out there – it’s well-written AND it turns you on, so don’t let Litter, um, Literotica fool you into thinking otherwise.


Lord of Garbage
By Kim Fowley, 146 pgs.
By Sal Lucci

Here we have Fowley’s autobiography, the first book in a promised trilogy. Cool rock’n’roll nostalgia from a fringe player.


Lost in the Supermarket
by Chaz Matthews, 100 pgs.
By Keith Rosson

His anecdotes about his coworkers were the bright spot throughout the book: they came across as crazed, nonsensical, obscene, and vile, and shit like that always makes for good reading.


Loyola Chin and the San Peligran Order
By Gene Yang, 100 pages
By Guest Contributor

This a talky comic—low on action, character reaction and backgrounds, with a sensitive voice but hollow characters.


Lux Nova Umbra Est, She's Dead!, and Dohrn
Photos Taken at the Glasshouse Record Store, Pomona, California, 2/9/08
By Donofthedead

Not sure what Lux Nova Umbra Est means but they have a member of Man is the Bastard and the heaviness was a bitch slap to the face.




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