Tickle me pink & lol
Brendan Rocks' zine has a sense of humor
4 November 2011
“The word picaresque of the title of this zine refers to a type of literature known as 'picaresque novels', being "a chronicle, usually autobiographical, presenting the life story of a rascal of low degree engaged in menial tasks and making his living more through his wits than his industry. The picaresque novel tends to be episodic and structureless." Harmon, W. and Holman, C. H. (2000) "A Handbook to Literature (8th Ed.)".
Based upon this description Brendan Rock’s choice of title for his zine is most appropriate. Picaresque is anecdotes from Brendan’s life. Each anecdote is no more than a few lines long and each is presented in no particular order in an issue or indeed across the 10 issues which he has produced. Most entries are amusing, in fact laugh out loud funny, as he describes the trials and tribulations of his life.
Picaresque appeals to me due to Brendan’s humour, but also due to the random order in which the anecdotes are presented throughout the zine. It isn’t necessary to read the issues in order, nor read an issue from front to back. The zine’s structure and content invites readers to read it in random order and appreciate each ‘story’ on its own, rather than as a flowing narrative moving sequentially as per a traditional book. Picaresque is a zine I would be happy to recommend to anyone after an amusing quick read.