Quitter #7

Quitter #7

by Trace Ramsey

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Quitter #7 is a hard and devastating piece of personal American history. Through abuse and poverty, blood and snow, we see Quitter author Trace Ramsey giving us something true and painful and beautifully-told. A Pioneers Press favorite, we look forward to future work from Ramsey, a great and powerful new voice in American writing. We can't vouch enough for this. Buy this zine. It's well worth your time. One of the best zines of the year, hands down.

Trigger warnings: abuse, violence, and graphic depictions of hunting.

“A person is not like a twig or an egg shell. We mostly have the ability to mend and accept that mending in a permanent way. Sometimes the need for mending is mental and hidden from the people who fix these things. In those cases we jump. In those cases we need to jump, to hide ourselves in the quickly approaching pavement, become a part of its blackness, its impervious memory.” — Trace Ramsey, Quitter #7


Rust Belt Jessie, rustbeltjessie.tumblr.com 4/9/2014

I got this zine because dakotafloyd wrote a great review of it, and I tend to trust Dakota’s taste in most things. I wasn’t disappointed. This is the sort of zine, the sort of writing that smacks you in the face. These stories will hollow you out. I’d compare Trace’s style a bit to Flannery O’Connor’s, in that neither one of them romanticizes anything, softens anything, and their takes on life are completely unsentimental. Life, the way Trace Ramsey tells it, is cruel and unforgiving; humans are cruel animals burdened with a consciousness that makes us try to deny and dissect our animal natures even as we give into them. Life, in Quitter, is depression and death and people brutalizing each other. There is nothing romantic or sentimental about it, yet I didn’t feel depressed or gloomy after reading it. Because the words themselves are so beautiful and evocative (even if the things they’re evoking are ugly) that they are the saving grace, in and of themselves. Life isn’t pretty but we have language, and we have people like Trace who can use that language masterfully, to show us ourselves in all our shit and sorrow. It is unsparing, it is unromantic, but it is what we have. If you want a zine that will leave you thinking about it and seeing its images long after you’ve put it down, you should definitely get this one. Heads up, though: the zine begins with a very graphic description of skinning a rabbit, and there is also stuff about deer hunting in here, so if reading about that sort of thing is triggering to you, you may not want to read Quitter.

Dakota Floyd 3/23/2014

Lemme just tell ya a little something about this zine. It’s phenomenal.

Quitter #7, by Trace Ramsey

Quitter is a zine series by long-time DIY-er Trace Ramsey. Tinged with a melancholy, familiar sadness, in this issue Ramsey paints portraits of past lives. Memories. Regrets. Images of warm blood splattered in fresh snow.

It’s been awhile since I have read such a well-written zine. Reading Quitter #7 was a real breath of fresh air. I appreciate most zines, but I find myself reading them once then storing them away. Not this one, though. As soon as I finished it I wanted to start it again. So good.

Do yourself a favor, pick up a copy of Quitter today.

Lily Pepper, zine-reviews.tumblr.com 3/4/2014

This zine really grabs you from the start:

"I wish I could say it was surreal the first time I butchered an animal. It was not; it was rote, mechanical, genetic, practical."

The author goes on to describe in detail skinning a rabbit, and expands out to talk about the circumstance in which he came to do so: the tutelage of his violent stepfather, the way his mother cooked it, that they ate with the TV news on and that someone would always bite down on a pellet from the shell that downed the rabbit.


He expands out further, writing about the different attitudes men in his family had about hunting, his relationship with vegetarianism, childhood in general, his depression, weather.

This is a good-looking zine, a class act. It’s well-written, evocative, and brutal. I advise care in reading it, if you’re committed to the physical integrity of bodies and lives, and upset by hearing about their coming apart.

avatar mb_arbolito 1/5/2014

Trace constructs beautiful sentences. Each vignette picks you up and holds you tenderly in the middle of a memory and then lets out a big sigh as it puts you down on the other side.
I can't wait to read 1 through 6.

Zine World 12/17/2013

quitter #4: Every once in awhile you read a zine written in beautiful prose. It’s great, you don’t have to commit to read beautiful and complex descriptions for a whole book; instead you get a brain massage for just a few moments while waiting for the bus. My favorite story was on the author’s experience living out in nature for three months studying birds: “Early on in the study I passed the time chewing on birch twigs and inventing commentaries, developing arguments against the domestication of humans, and settling philosophical disputes between pebbles and sticks, using a slow flowing creek as the adjudicator.” Other stories discuss an unnamed health condition and a treatise on fish sticks; “plastic wrapped… fully reduced from sentient parts of an underwater ecosystem into full color anthropomorphic cartoon representations of happy fish enjoying a full plate of their own ‘fingers.’” Trace [$1.50 everywhere, or trade 20XS :15] –ailecia