Thru the Fog

Perzine, Mx. Kat, Is­sue 1, Queer Trash Distro, $4.29

Broken Pencil - - Zine Reviews -

There is a clar­ity to Mx. Kat’s writ­ing that in­ter­sects beau­ti­fully with the zine’s con­tent: a dis­cus­sion of brain fog and chronic pain. Thru the Fog is a perzine about the au­thor’s life af­ter a de­bil­i­tat­ing car ac­ci­dent. Within the black and white textdriven pages Kat writes about bond­ing with a per­sonal sup­port worker, win­ter sur­vival, night­mares and PTSD, con­sent and (dis)abil­ity, gen­der and trauma and their feel­ings about their body. The zine ex­ists as both a nar­ra­tive ex­po­si­tion on (dis)ableism and an ex­plo­ration of the prac­ti­cal as­pects of liv­ing; tips on things to oc­cupy your time while you are house­bound mash up against dis­cus­sions of bod­ily au­ton­omy and wor­thi­ness. Kat also calls out those who work pro­fes­sion­ally with peo­ple in chronic pain by ask­ing im­por­tant ques­tions about re­spect and con­sent. Most no­tably, there is a pas­sage about the per­va­sive ab­sence of con­sent in emer­gent med­i­cal sit­u­a­tions that is im­mensely thought­ful and nec­es­sary. Like a lot of perzines that dis­cuss trauma, re­cov­ery, and iden­tity, there are pas­sages that are dif­fi­cult to read. Those pas­sages make it all the more com­pelling and make Thru the Fog a val­i­dat­ing read both for peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the same phys­i­cal re­al­i­ties as Kat and those who love, live or work with some­one with a (dis)abil­ity. (CJ Blen­ner­has­sett)

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