In many ways Al Burian is part of the rising group of 'underground' authors (Aaron Cometbus, Cindy of Doris, Sarah of the Urban Hermit etc. etc.) who are definitely leaving their mark on modern literature. Definitely above average writing focusing on personal issues, experiences, insights and more. All material was written during the years of 1992 to 1998.
The book went through six printings, along the way garnering acclaim from readers, inspiring a film (Matt McCormick’s 2009, Some Days are Better than Others) and a major label album (Thrice’s 2003, The Artist in the Ambulance). More importantly, the book inspired readers to write and self-publish: to do it themselves, in the true punk spirit.