WAGNC#7 slammed by critic, loved by this would-be editor

Jack Saturn’s book-length issue #7 of his zine We Ain’t Got No Car is reviewed by a local Portland newspaper. The review slams the book, but it did offer up a few placating words of Saturn’s “obvious talent.”

I thought the book was great. The writing could’ve been tightened up in places—this was clear even to my soft eye—but as a whole I found it both entertaining and inspiring.

I have to admit: that I noticed phrases and sections that could have been polished and hardened was in itself a joy for me. I identified with “lower-case jack”—the name the reviewer gives the main character—and I like to think that he’s taught me something, too.