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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: PM Press; 2 edition (November 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604862203
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604862201
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #812,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Al would probably deny it, but reading these stories again it's quite clear that he was the voice of a generation.”  —Dan Sinker, founder, Punk Planet zine


Burn Collector pairs existential dread with rapacious wit.”  —Jessica Hopper, Punk Planet zine


Burn Collector is best read aloud, alone, line by line as each piece's train wreck unfolds. Al's shrugging, self-deprecating tales camouflage a truly hopeful and humanizing perspective, and are as biting and relevant as they are unassuming.”  —Nate Powell, author, Swallow Me Whole


"Ridiculously entertaining autobiographical accounts of [Burian's] travels and living situations in various metropolitan burgs across America."  —Creative Loafing


"Al Burian's name invariably comes up in every list of great zines. And there's no question why, really -- he's one of the most talented writers ever to sit down and bang out a zine." —www.BoingBoing.net

About the Author

Al Burian began producing small-run photocopied pamphlets, or zines, while touring with bands in his early 20s. Since then he has published two collections of his efforts, Natural Disaster and Things Are Meaning Less.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "readthisbook" on May 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
Let's just say the Burian uses very unconventional methods to express things novelists have been saying for years: from the desolation of suburbanized America, to lousy jobs, to near death experiences. He even goes as far as submitting some interesting, yet funny, comics part way through which I found encouraged me to continue reading. Also, check out Burian's band, "Milemarker".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arnie Grape on March 6, 2005
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The first nine Burn Collector issues, in bound, book-type format by the implacable Al Burian. This collection affected me as much as anything I can think of, at the time I was reading it. The great themes, they're all there, in less conventional formating than you may be used to. But therein lies the fractured beauty of it, too.

Overall, it's almost impossible to reach the end of this book, to read the line, "we're going to have to try harder now," and not be really affected by what that means. I definitely recommend this to anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chester F. King on April 7, 2011
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I discovered this book when I was 16, full of angst, and fortunate enough to have a cool teacher in rural PA. He let me borrow his copy,and I couldn't put it down. When I returned it, I set out on a quest to find a copy of it, this was prior to the re-release when it was still out of print. I got lucky one day when I was in Wooden Shoe in Philly and found what I'm pretty sure was the last new copy in existence and since then I have never been further than arms reach away from it. This is not the book to sit down and read front to back, that would be futile, just open to a random page and begin reading. I promise you won't be disappointed by this purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shosei on May 6, 2013
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Al Burian writes about his life and adventures with concise, fast pacing and dry humor. His point of view is inflected with a punk-rock ethos and anyone who grew up in the 80's should appreciate and enjoy it. I read this in two long sittings, with coffee, time well-spent.
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