Keep Loving, Keep Fighting #7/I Hate This Part of Texas #7

Keep Loving, Keep Fighting #7/I Hate This Part of Texas #7

by Hope Amico

Hope and John team up on this split zine reflecting on hurricane Katrina. Both long-time New Orleans residents, each has to come to terms with loss in their own way. John evacuates, travels, and returns, while Hope stays, applies to school, works, and lives on as best she can. Both Hope and John take their time here, and present a somber account of life after a natural disaster. There is also a special memorial for Helen Hill. Their words embody what it means to be human, each story picking up another piece, and slowly putting their world back together.

 
 

Comments

Roctober 1/26/2010

“Unlike a normal half ‘n half split zine, these two New Orleans zinesters celebrate, mourn, memorialize and document what amounts to a cohesive collaboration. Each types or handwrites interlocking sections and we are supposed to know by the font when there is a change in voice, but once you dive deep in you really don’t care. You are just deeply engaged in vivid descriptions on what life post-Katrina is like and about friends lost. Particularly moving are the understated tributes to animator/film preservationist/scenester-in-the-best-sense Helen Hill who was murdered protecting her child after a post-Katrina break in. The love and loss expressed in this zine is truly moving. In a postscript not featured in the zine, this spring Hill’s family attended a retrospective of her work at the Orphans film conference in New York, and it was wonderful. So is this zine, ultra highly recommended.”

Maximum RnR 1/26/2010

“Both kids’ work deals with life in New Orleans, two years after Katrina. They, like most everyone there who’s not cashing in on the ‘urban renewal’ [sic], are halfway debilitated by post-traumatic stress. The stories they tell are pretty harrowing. This zine is highly recommended for people who want to stay informed about the post-Katrina fallout in New Orleans.’

Feminist Review

"... this zine offers the kind of material and insight needed is we as a community are to make ourselves available to the psychic dealing and repair so lost to the Gulf Coast and its fighting residents ... Deeply honest, the zine unflinchingly details the fears and anxieties of upheaval, intermittent alcoholism, things to be grateful for, resentment, and displacement ... The love and fervor written in the pages of this zine are a small miracle of words that do not die, but lay to rest - breathe. This work embodies the fullness of survival and dedication, an imperative read if the feeling that ought to end up lain in the dirt - isolation, despair, alienation - may seed and flower into hope and continuity."