Negative Capability

Fuck Your Symbols

Negative Capability

Fuck Your Symbols

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OCD Infinity

Even though it is a constant source of tremendous anxiety, I find the act of naming things to be both challenging and fascinating. It’s very difficult to name things well, and most people are really fucking bad at it. I take naming things a little too seriously because when I’ve named something badly, it haunts me like a bad meal—as soon as I think the meal is finally out of my system, I burp, taste its vileness again, and I am once again reminded of my poor judgment.

For every zine out there that is named something simple, unique and clear, there are thousands of one-note in jokes, bad puns, intentional misspellings and obscure references that are lost on everyone. Even worse than those there are some, like 10 Things Jesus Wants You to Know, which are so goddamn retarded that it forces a reader to assume that the zine’s maker is institutionalized against their will. Since zines are supposed to be personal, their names ought to be as well. You don’t have to know instantly what Ten Thousand Things refers to, but once you pick up a copy, you realize that he’s numbering the pages of all the issues backward and eventually, he’ll get down to one and have written ten thousand things. That’s amazing, simple and perfectly appropriate, to me.

I started writing material for this zine long before I had settled on a name for the project. After two months of writing I decided that I needed a working title so I could focus on the project as an independent entity. In my head the project was always called, “TITLE—TK,” which is what they do in publishing when something needs a title or headline and they’ll think of it later. The TK (sometimes pronounced like “teek”) is supposed to mean “to come” but I don’t know why it’s not TC. I am sure some smartass out there will e-mail me the answer, but I don’t really care why. I used to think that it was related to how there was a trend of using misspelled words for things which is how Oll Korrect was originally a proofreader's mark for “All Correct” but it got shortened to OK and then people wonder wtf the letters of OK stand for.

When I was ready to name my baby, I made a list of possible names on a piece of paper and added new names to it whenever I thought of them. After a few weeks I had about twenty good ones to choose from. Then I would wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to go back to sleep because I thought of another good name. I transferred the first page to my computer and then I started keeping a pad and pen next to my bed and I learned how to write in the dark. Sadly, I lost some good ones to poor penmanship. When I finally decided to name the zine Negative Capability, I was both delighted and relieved. To me, Negative Capability is fraught with profound personal meaning and a completely coincidental literary meaning that I wasn’t even aware of when I picked it. The name will never seem old or dated or cheesy to me because no matter what I am writing about, I will always use my negative capability to produce Negative Capability. And it will always seem like MY name because it means so much to me.

After I chose that name I put the other names aside and figured I’d use some of them as titles for the essays I was writing or for stories that I would write in some distant future. Because I am mental, I kept thinking of new names. Even though my brain was fully aware that the name was carved in stone, the naming went on. I put some of the other names in an article called “OCD? Not Me!” in Negative Capability #2. When my friend Peter and I made our audiozine Misfit Toys, we recorded me reading a lot of the newer ones and some of the better ones from the original article. Then I took all the rest from all of my lists and put them up on my web page, thinking that by doing it, I would finally be able to purge myself of this endless naming.

A week after I posted the web page it started up again, so I kept writing the names down and then explained them. It went on for months, since I never stifle my creativity for fear that it might turn it off permanently. I have always been a person who writes when the mood strikes or an idea occurs to me. Some people can set appointments to sit down and write, but I can’t. It’s not even that I’m intimidated by a blank page, it’s that I don’t know what to do with blank pages. I know what to do with the ideas I get—write those fucking things down and back them up often.

It’s not often that I am so self-referential that I end up analyzing why I’m analyzing myself, and I would like to just offer a friendly apology and say that I really can’t help it. While it may veer too far in that direction, it can easily swing somewhere else. I am pleased to report that the incessant naming has finally stopped. I don’t know if I should thank the makers of Klonopin, the delivery guy who brings me my pot or my wife’s boundless love, but I am healed, praise Lurky. Instead of saying that the obsession and compulsion to rename this zine has ended, I say that it has come full circle, to infinity.

I figured it was all out of my head. I thought my brain was done with this particular exercise. But I was wrong. Writing this right now, I just thought of another name, “Selling Credibility.” It sounds like Negative Capability and also is ironic because credibility is one thing that’s never for sale. At the same time, if you got my zine, some people might think of you as being hip, or credible, when all you did was buy a fucking magazine. Please, for the love of Lurky, help me.

Starting today, and ending a few days before I wrap up this issue, I will make a small space for my own obsessive-compulsive desire to name something that’s already been named and share with you, my dear reader, an explanation and exploration of each name. If my brain doesn’t stop, I may just jam an ice pick into my ear until this part of my brain shuts the fuck up (this is more of a negotiating ploy for the writer/external voice in me to deal with my brain than an actual threat, but I really, really mean it!). I have also made sure to include many dick jokes for my readers who find the dense, wordy articles too challenging. My hero Bill Hicks would often tell his audiences that he was there to open their minds and expose them to an alternate viewpoint for the first forty-five minutes of his set but he would reward their patience with ten minutes of big, purple-veined dick jokes, and it’s a tradition I will maintain in his honor.


My ex-friend Jay is quite a stud. I don’t know if I should say “was” because he may have lost his looks; I honestly don’t know. On the few occasions I’ve seen him get shot down by insanely hot chicks, I’m sure it wasn’t his fault. He’s as smooth as a gravy sandwich. He regularly gets really fine women, including a few famous ones, some strippers, hell, he even claims to have gotten some action off one of the chicks from those Robert Palmer videos. It’s a common expression when you are riding around in style, to call it, “Riding around on a show pony,” meaning that your ride is top of the line. One night we were talking about the hot girls that we saw in the bar and Jay said, “I’d like to ride her around like a show pony,” which was really funny. Then a really heinous chick went by and I said, “You’d have to ride her like a show goat,” because of her little beard and bad posture. After that, whenever we’d spot a heinous chick, we’d refer to her as a “showgoat.” The phrase’s etymology is from an old expression between me and my college friends. It’s quite common to call an ugly girl a dog, but my friends took it a little further. If you were chasing after a dog, you were acting like the chuck wagon in the dog food commercials. After a while, sleeping with an ugly girl wasn’t “banging a dog,” the girl became the wagon being chased and it became “chasing the wagon.” We always used to rag on each other, saying one of us was “chasing the wagon” that night because he couldn’t do any better. I thought it would be a cool name for the zine because there’s no such thing as a showgoat and it’s ironic because “show” in this case means pretty and “goat” means ugly and I’m a fan of oxymorons. I am also a fan of goats and my wife always wanted to get one to trim our lawn. I’d like to ride you, my friend, like the showgoat you are.

I found Jay in the mid-2010's and we had a good conversation. He was working in lighting and living in Massachusetts. He sounded healthy but he also seemed a little sad. For reasons I may never understand, he basically left all of his friends and started hanging out with a different crowd. The rational part of me thinks that he was going down a bad road with unsavory people and didn't want any grief from his friends. The emotional part of me thinks he has some shame about not being a good friend to so many people who were always there for him. It could also be that he was feeling like his life was in a rut and decided to change everything to see if it made him happy. The important part is that he told me that he had started a band. They had one song and it was on YouTube. I watched it and I thought he looked great. The song reminded me of a lot of stuff we listened to back in the 80s that would now be labeled as "dark wave," or new wave music with a gothic edge to it. I don't know what you would call it, but he is the singer and he wrote the song. I don't know who the other people are but he was very proud of the video and when he told me about it, it had 8 views. I assume that they didn't really promote it because even my crappy YouTube videos have hundreds of hits from me watching it every time I browse YouTube on a public computer. I love fucking with algorithms. Anyway, the band is called Daylight Mourner and the song is called “Shadow of Doubt.” Please enjoy it as the views have spiked to well over 2,000 as of this writing. I would not be surprised if he slept with the cute girl in the video, that's my man, Jay.

Dick’s Wet

I like that this means that my dick is wet (from swimming!) but I love that it sounds like “dick sweat,” because dick sweat is sexy. I also thought it would make a good name for a bar as Dick’s Wetbar. Then it gets even dirtier but a lot of people wouldn’t even get it, like when you hear the name “Porky Pig.” You don’t realize that they named a pig what they call the meat from a dead pig. I guess that the human equivalent would be to name your child “Corpse” or perhaps “Cadaver.”

Go Fuck Yourself

I want to be taken seriously as a wordsmith but I will make almost no effort to be literary, pretentious or affected, except when I call myself a wordsmith. I just don’t like to say “writer.” When I think about what I am trying to say with this zine, it really comes down to one simple sentiment. I want to find that guy, you know who you are, and I want to tell him to go fuck himself. I really would like to do a zine with this name but it would upset my Mom. Actually, that’s a very good reason to do it.


This word describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want and it has a nice sound to it. Leth-O-Log-I-Ca. Hey, buddy. Give me the last cold turkey breast, make it fast, take my ass to town. Have an open mind, send my cares away. Ring my bell, you fat pig, oh, what the hell, today’s your lucky day. You, and me, and her and her and her, simultaneous. You, and me, and Winona Ryder, simultaneous lovin’, baby. Thanks to Trey Parker and Isaac Hayes for the song.

You’ve Got a Hard Lip, Herbert

I am by no means a fan of Star Trek and would estimate that I’ve seen half of the original series, 1/10 of any of the spinoffs and exactly half the movies. When I was in college there were other people who constantly wanted to suck me into Star Trek but I resisted mightily and I continue to resist their bland sci-fi optimism. I’m into dystopia and Blade Runner has been my favorite movie since I first saw it in 1982. There was at least one original Trek episode that I loved called “The Way to Eden” that featured an encounter between the crew and what could be called “space hippies.” They were a 60’s stereotype but with futuristic hippie clothes and musical instruments. Captain Kirk is a military type and has no patience for the goddamn hippies so he tells them what to do. One of the hippies gives him the most memorable retort, “You’ve got a hard lip, Herbert.” Kirk doesn’t understand the insult, so he asks Spock what “Herbert” means. Spock frowns and tells Kirk, “It is rather uncomplimentary. Herbert was a minor official, notorious for his rigid and limited patterns of thought.” It’s available free on if you want to see a clip for yourself. That’s what this zine is: Me saying to all the uptight assholes out there, “You’ve got a hard lip, Herbert.” My friends and I still call uptight people “Herbs” many years later.

Come Correct

I like names that are simple to abbreviate and referring to a zine as CC is cool. The name is from Chris Rock’s special, Bigger and Blacker, and he said something that my wife immediately agreed with. It’s really hot, and more true than anyone wants to admit. He said something like, “Your woman is nastier than you think. She’ll do anything you want, but you gotta come correct.” What he means is that you can’t just demand or cajole, you have to say it like a man in the right way and you can get what you want. As a zine publisher, I am trying to come at you like a fucking man, with the hope that by doing so you’ll comply with my desire to make the world a smarter place.

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The names are, in order, Greater Than Infinity and Greater Than and Not Equal To. The implication of both is that this zine, in and of itself, is not only so great that it can’t be quantified, but it has no known equal. This may have been the most arrogant of all the titles I came up with and while it’s cool to give something a name that’s all symbols, it’s even too arrogant for me. Stop shaking your fucking head and mocking me. How dare you, sir!

Die, Hippie

It’s a nice commanding name and would go right for the people that I want to attack most, the dirty, smelly, hippies. Someone else actually suggested this name to me but I added the comma and changed the spelling from “Hippy” because I pictured a woman with wide hips instead of a dirty bum. I lived on Haight Street in San Francisco for longer than I should have and every time I would walk to a store up the street, there would be a gauntlet of hippies all splayed out on the sidewalk with their dirty friends and their dirty pets and their dirty music. I hated them so passionately that I would wish cancer on them as I passed by. It wasn’t even so much that they were lazy and smelly as that they would actually beg for money to buy shit only working people deserve, like drugs. A few times someone said to me, “Dude, can you spare a dollar so I can get a hit of acid?” As Bill Hicks said after a similar confrontation, “These people want me to give them the hard-earned money that my folks send me every week? I mean, the nerve! My dad works ten hours a day to send me this money and you want me to just give it to you? Get a job, you leech!”

Heroic Dose

Whenever someone dies of a drug overdose, I always wonder what the hell they were thinking. I mean, I’ve taken a lot of drugs (see “Lost in the K-Hole” in NegCap #3), and oftentimes I’ve taken what would be considered too much of everything all at once. Unlike the people who OD, once I’m on drugs, my ability to determine how much is too much remains intact. I’ve always wondered how people are able to completely allow themselves to lose contact with reality. One of the many reasons that I enjoy taking too many drugs is because I’m sick of the voices in my head. It’s only when high that I’m not tormented by intrusive voices, but I’m so rarely ever able to completely detach from reality that I keep on trying. I’ve always wanted to take a heroic dose and lose contact with reality permanently, so I could rediscover the world.


This name has always seemed so strong to me, like it’s a declaration rather than a title. I’ve read a few zines where I got the distinct impression that the editor was just full of shit and saying things that they made up or worse, that they didn’t believe. There are many zines that fudge the truth for effect, but I’d just like to mention, briefly, that Jeff Kay of the West Virginia Surf Report is a lying, unfunny, boring piece of shit and I sincerely hope that he stops publishing because it’s fucking pathetic. A fat, greasy, effeminate man approaching middle age, living in the boondocks, making up stupid stories that never happened to anyone. I mean, come on! What a fucking loser! I sure know how to win friends and influence people, don’t I? I believe in everything that I’m writing and even though I will exaggerate for comic effect from time to time, I wouldn’t have put it in the zine if I hadn’t had that exact thought at one time or another. I won’t lie to you, pal. I may veer away from the truth for a second but I’ll always try to let you in on the joke because that’s the best way to do things. All my jokes are for you, not on you, like Mr. Kay’s. If you have no idea who or what I am talking about, you’re in the lucky majority who’ve managed to avoid Jeff Kay’s stupid, pointless garbage. Hey Jeff, I warned you to keep your mouth shut about me, didn’t I, you stupid, lame, ugly peckerhead? Now do us both a favor and stay dead.

Conspiracy of One

I like to think of this zine as being part of a vast underground conspiracy to undermine ridiculous religious beliefs, retarded superstitions and all manner of idiocy. In a sense it is a conspiracy because I’m taking everything I’ve learned from others and everything I know from personal experience and putting it all together to make a zine that will try to make people question some things that they’ve long taken for granted. The thing is, it’s just me doing this zine. Sure, I’ll have a little help from friends from time to time, but in the end, really, it’s a Conspiracy of One, which has a really nice ring to it. A year after I wrote this one down, the Army began an advertising campaign featuring the tag line, “An Army of One.” It made me want to say as clearly as possible that anyone that joins the military should stop asking to be pat on the back for taking a shitty job where they have to kill people or get killed. It’s a bad job, just like any other, and I don’t expect medals and monuments for a well written zine or an attractive penis, so don’t go waving your flag and asking me to pat you on the back because I don’t give a shit about the military. I think they waste more of our tax dollars and are the cause of more misery in the world than the IRS, cancer, hunting and Jackie Chan combined.

I try to avoid politics as much as possible, but I want to go on record as saying that I am, and have always been, against the troops. I don’t want anything bad to happen to them, but I want them to know that what they are doing is wrong, they are doing it for all the wrong reasons and it needs to stop. The rest of you retarded yahoos can keep making empty gestures so you can feel like you’re doing something to support the troops. Do you know what the troops really want? To either kill someone that threatens us or come home to their families. They don’t want to secure oil wells so our president’s friends can get richer while we get to pay the bill in more ways than one. With the notable exception of World War II, I cannot think of a single instance of our military doing anything good, right, moral or noble. I would never volunteer to kill anyone that a retard who stole an election told me to kill. I think if you volunteer to kill, you are volunteering to die. I also think that for the good of mankind, we as a species need to rid ourselves of the most violent and most easily influenced by propaganda by sending them to kill poor people. It reduces the population, takes a lot of these violent thugs out of the gene pool permanently and it gives us all something to talk about. I am so fucking sick of veterans asking to be thanked or for new memorials. Yeah, we all did what we were supposed to, what more do you want? A cookie? If I just upset you and you are running for a crayon to send me some hate mail, don’t waste your fucking time. You want to do something good for this country? Stop wasting gasoline with your car, spay your pets and tell your spoiled, bratty kids to shut the fuck up in the movies. That will do more good than sending me a letter that I’ll goof on and then throw away.

Among Assholes

After spending $18,000 on market research and polling, the powers that be at this zine began a formal search for a perfect name that would be both eye-catching and memorable. As the committee refined its search, we realized that if you want to place high on lists, especially alphabetical ones, you need to have a name that starts with the letter “a.” It also helps to have a simple acronym that’s easy to remember, especially if that acronym is part of the public consciousness already. As a result, it was determined through a series of strategy meetings and focus groups, that the name of Mr. Jøshua Saitz’s angry and authoritative zine should be something cutting edge, easy to remember, pithy and of course, it must start with the letter “a.” Further research revealed that people have come to accept the term “asshole” as not so much a curse as a term of extreme distaste. Since the author of this zine seems to think he deals with assholes all day, he is “Among Assholes,” though he feels untainted by the association. The acronym of “AA” was felt to have a high Q rating, positive public associations and it was easy to remember, so that was the name the committee moved forward with. After putting together a slideshow presentation complete with charts, the committee proposed the new name to Jøsh. He said that he already had a name for his zine and that we had wasted our time. What an asshole.

Smegma Lipgloss

Is there anything more foul than an uncircumcised penis? Even though lately I’ve heard that circumcision isn’t necessary, my wife has a different perspective. Because I’m a Jew, I’m circumcised. As a woman, my wife is repulsed by foreskins and smegma and all of the associated gross, unclean ways. My wife says unequivocally that she wouldn’t orally please anyone with a foreskin and I’m sure she’s not alone in feeling that way. If we have a son, we have to get him circumcised for one simple reason. I would die of misery and sadness if I didn’t get that kind of oral action, so my son would be similarly inclined, right? I would never do anything that would decrease my son’s chance of getting head, so the boy’s gonna get clipped so he can get blown, dig? I don’t want my daughter-in-law walking around all smeared up with smegma lipgloss. I also like that the name in and of itself is incredibly crass, disgusting and offensive, yet there are no dirty words and it has a nice “title-ish” ring to it. If I ever direct a porno with uncircumcised men, I have a title waiting.

I Want to Fuck Milla Jovovich

This isn’t really a title as much as it is a declaration of fact. I figured if I made this the name of my zine I might actually have a shot at fucking her because my wife would have to understand. I mean, that’s the name of my zine, honey, I have to fuck her for the fans!

Lick My:

I thought it would be funny because dumb people would think that I hadn’t specified what I wanted licked, but smart people would read it the right way, “Lick My Colon.” Why is that funny? I dunno, it just is. Don’t agree? Then please, by all means, lick my colon.

Pimp Hand Strong

I hope it sounds deliciously obscure to you because it’s pretty simple. I used to really dislike Snoop Dogg, not just because his name is stupid but also because I find it irritating when illiterates get rich endorsing violence and drugs. When I first met my wife she said that she liked Snoop and it was something that bothered me for a long time. But, and here’s the point, he was on Howard Stern’s radio show and not only is he a funny dude, he isn’t nearly the asshole I’d pegged him as. He was happily married with kids and he said that he smoked an ounce of weed every single day. During the interview, he said that even though he was married he still had some bitches on the side who got him stuff. “Like what?” Howard asked. “You know, sometimes they bring me money, or weed, or just a beer.” And why do they do such things? Because, Snoop explained, his pimp hand was very strong. What better way to show the world your silent authority than to have a stable of bitches who bring you shit merely because your pimp hand is too strong for them? That’s awesome. I also am a huge fan of cover songs (See “Cover This” in NegCap #1) and I have an amazing country-bluegrass cover of Snoop’s “Gin and Juice” done by a band called Gourd. I also have a great cover Snoop did of Queen’s “We Will Rock You,” and I think everyone should go to my web site right now, read about my cover song CDs and trade with me—I collect cover songs voraciously and always want more.

I’m An Architect

One of my favorite lines from Seinfeld comes from George Costanza. He’s supposed to think of a good reason why he’s waiting in a woman’s building with Jerry. He wants so badly to be able to say that he’s an architect, like it’s his only unfulfilled dream. It’s the ultimate pretentious lie, which is not what this zine is. Well, maybe a little.

Cocky Prick

I am sometimes pretty arrogant, especially when I write. I certainly have flickers of self-doubt and moments where I think I suck at everything. It’s not that I’m overcompensating for any perceived shortcomings, but I thought it was bad if you had low self-esteem, so why is it also bad to have high self-esteem? They say that the more confident you are, the less you care what others think of you and the less confident you are, the more you care what others think of you. I don’t give half a fuck what anyone thinks of me except my wife—and she loves me. It’s a personal failing, but certainly not fatal. The idea that I’m a cocky prick, which I am, and that the name is essentially “dicky dick” is perfect for me because it’s all about dicks without saying the word, yo.


One night I couldn’t sleep and I decided to sit in the bathroom and read so as not to disturb my sleeping bug. While sitting there, I looked at my wedding band and realized that it’s the dumbest thing ever. My wife’s engagement ring is in platinum because that’s what she wanted and I love her more than life itself. When it came time to buy our wedding bands, we went to Fortunoff because we hate the ripoff Jews in the diamond district, and I can say that because I am Jewish, so to all of you offended yids, I say, Don’t be a schmuck and take a joke. It wouldn’t be funny if it weren’t true. The saleslady at Fortunoff convinced us that we didn’t need the bands in platinum because it was a waste of money. In fact, the same exact rings that we wanted in platinum were five times more than comparable bands in white gold. Obviously, we got the white gold. The fucked up thing is that the white gold actually looks silver. But why is it called white gold, which is obviously an oxymoron, when it’s actually silver? I have no idea. Imagine if something called blue red was actually green. That would make it an ultraoxymoron, dontcha think? This is more of a sniglet than a name for my zine, but it would be a cool name for a band.

Punctured Testicle

Goddamn, just typing that made me cringe. I want everyone in the world to cringe when they see me coming. For men, there are few things more terrifying than the idea of a punctured testicle.


Do you feel like it’s a good thing that you have found this zine (or web site)? I hope so. I think it’s a great thing that you have this zine, even if you’ve stolen it. I don’t care if you steal this zine because then the stores can’t return them and I still get paid. My point is that I am glad you’re here about as much as you’re glad you’re here, and that’s kismet. We were meant to find each other. When I was in grad school, I used to watch Mystery Science Theater 3000 by myself because I was a lonely, nerdy guy who was barely employed and had few friends. I really know how to smooth in the revelations, huh? The show was great because it was like watching a bad movie with some of your funniest friends. To some people, it’s just a stupid idea and not very well executed. But to me, it’s hilarious and they often made such amazingly obscure references that every time I got one, I felt like these guys knew me and were just like me. Anyway, Joel, the creator and original host of the show, was interviewed about who he thought would like his show and he said, “I never thought everyone would get the show, but I always knew the right people would get it.” He was talking about me, and in a way, he was talking about my zine, and once again, he’s talking about us, and it’s kismet.

Tartan Trousers

My wife and I really enjoyed the movie The Big Tease. It’s a very silly mockumentary about a fey Scottish hairdresser who goes to LA to enter a big hair-styling competition. It’s really funny because it’s so light and enthusiastic, you know? It stars Craig Ferguson, who used to act, then did a talk show and now I think he's at home staring at a wall. There’s a great scene where he calls his boyfriend, Gareth, back in Scotland and says, “I’m wearing my tartan trousers and I feel sexy!” in this great Scottish accent, and I thought, Wouldn’t it be cool if just a pair of pants could make you feel sexy? I want this zine to make you feel sexy because you are so fucking hot! Thanks for reading this far, you little minkie!

Acid Tongue

Many cable providers offer subscribers an on-screen guide that gives information about the shows. In New York, the info given is always specific to the episode, but when I lived in San Francisco we had satellite and the info in the guide was about the whole series. So, where the NY system might give info on an upcoming Simpsons as, “Bart buys an abandoned factory and Homer enters a chili cookoff,” on the satellite it would say about the same episode, “Animated adventures of the Springfield family.” That information is just about useless, right? But whoever’s doing the information surprises me occasionally by writing something insightful instead of insipid. For a Dennis Miller rerun, the information said, “The acid-tongued comedian greets a variety of actors and performers.” I was like, “acid-tongued”? What the fuck? I really liked the expression and I realized that I also have an acid tongue, but whenever I think of the phrase, I always remember the times when I’ve taken acid. Every single time, I would inform people that I had taken acid by showing them my tongue with the blotter hit on the end, sort of visually demonstrating my “acid tongue.” That’s the best I can do.

Piss Shivers / Pee Chills

There have actually been scientific studies done to solve the mystery of the piss shivers. For any woman who reads this zine, piss shivers are what sometimes happen to men after they pee. For many men, after their bladder is nearly empty, they will be hit by an uncontrollable shudder. The studies never figured out why it happens, but I can assure you that it does happen. I told my wife about it and she thought it was both bizarre and fascinating, like all things about the male anatomy and psyche. I was in the bathroom once, I was hit with some wicked piss shivers and I must have made some kind of noise. My wife heard me and asked, “Did you just get the Pee Chills?” I think my wife is so adorable when she gets the name wrong in a cute way like that and ever since, I’ve decided to honor her by calling them the “Pee Chills.” Pee chills are different from douche chills because you get douche chills from others and you get pee chills from deep inside your body.


As arrogant as I may be, there is no way I would name the zine, my web site, my children or anything else after me. I know that there is only one me in the whole world, therefore I should be the only one with the name. I am putting this non-name in the list because I wanted to address a distressing trend in this country—people giving their kids stupid names. I know everyone wants their kid to be unique but let them establish that fact by accomplishment, not by the spelling of their name. My given name is Joshua David Saitz but I never go by my initials, my middle name or even my full name. I’m just Jøsh, and the ø is a tribute to my late grandfather. I started spelling my name that way the day after he died and only my friends can use it.

Firecracker Suicide

I read this hilarious and tragic news story that would fall under the heading of “Very Odd.” There was a nice but lonely guy who was very distraught about the way that his life had turned out and felt that he had no choice but to end it all. His method was most unusual in that, in his pit of sadness, he felt the strongest possible statement could be made by placing a very large firecracker into his mouth and lighting it. Unfortunately, some people’s lives are hideous precisely because they do not deserve better. This man, as you might expect, merely blew off his jaw and destroyed his face and now lives his sad, ugly, depressed life writing down his story of attempted firecracker suicide on a Magic Erase board. And why does he have to explain it that way, you may ask. Good question. As I’ve said, he no longer has a mouth to speak of and can now only communicate through the written word. And what does this have to do with me? I am that man and it’s the saddest life in the whole world. That’s what the zine should have been called, to remind me every day about the time I tried to commit firecracker suicide and instead I’m stuck in this world as a mutilated freak that is mocked by everyone who hears my story. Oh, I’m just fucking with you. I didn’t try to commit suicide that way! I was a man about it and I shot myself in the head on TV, just like R. Budd Dwyer. Actually, I just think it’s a funny name and a really stupid way to try to kill yourself.

On Purpose

I think this would be a good place to give this premise a rest. A lot of people have commented about me and this zine and I have printed some of those quotes in the front of this zine with the hope that the endorsements will spur sales. I have no problem plastering every kind word ever written about this zine all over my web site because it’s one of the more gratifying aspects of this project. In that sense, I may be a bit of a huckster, but I feel that the product I am offering is worthwhile and I must oversell it because I want as many people to read this as possible. So, that fact, and every other thing about this zine, is done with a very specific purpose. Everything is intentional, everything is on purpose. Even if you don’t notice or care about the minor details, the reason that it takes so damn long to produce each issue of this zine is because it takes so damn long to produce each issue of this zine. Every issue has to say everything I want to say, in precisely the way I want to say it, on pages that look precisely the way I want them to look. I am not a perfectionist at all, but I am very specific about what I want. And right now, I want to stop thinking of names for my zine for the rest of my life.

Web Bonus Info:

One of the many reasons I published this piece was that I really wanted someone to read one of these titles and say, “That’s it! That’s the perfect title for that thing I’ve been working on!” Then one day I would be in a store or shopping online and suddenly I would see one of these names I came up with actually being used and then I could die a happy man. Oh, well. If you got this far, maybe you would like a few more? Well I do have a few more, just click here to check it out.

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