High & Outside #2

High & Outside #2

by Adam Hartnett

High & Outside is an excellent outlaw literary baseball zine put together by one Adam Hartnett. Issue #2 begins, "Imagine knowing the future of things, riding around on a stolen bike in 1989, humming on an imagery motorcycle, the sound of the dream assisted by the baseball card in the spokes. Looking closer, they're all Jose Canseco rookie cards. Kids on the street talk shit, they don't know you and they think you're insane. But they don't know a goddamn thing." What follows is equal parts nostalgia and storytelling, with Hartnett's characters buffeted by the winds of a gross, sun-baked American dream. Baseball's always there, in the conversations, dreams, on TV screens, but the stories take centerstage and the result is something along the lines of a pill-cranked Oscar Acosta talking mad shit to your valley-ass tweaker neighbor. Well-written, illustrated, richly detailed with the ephemera of American culture and life, High & Outside will kick your ass and make you fall in love with it over a round of beers. Much recommended.