By: Mark Cunning
"It’s called paruresis, folks. Also known as pee shy, shy bladder, bashful bladder, stage fright, and choking at the bowl. Sufferers generally are unable to urinate in the presence of others. According to paruesis.org, an estimated seven percent of Americans, or twenty-one million people, experience some variation of the social anxiety disorder. "
The Paruretic, is a perzine about this condition. This issue's theme is "college"
"This is the "College" issue, all about Mark's time in college. Having room mates for the first time, trying to date, coming to terms with the fact that this small detail about himself is actually a huge fucking deal.
Mark tells stories of going to bars and drinking all night long, having fun with his friends until his bladder is full. Unable to pee in public he lives a life of constantly finding excuses to leave the room, leave the bar, or leave the party. Looking for a locked bathroom, or simply going home every 4 hours to pee. When that fails, just go outside in a secluded spot. But what about the dude who's backyard you just snuck into? He might not appreciate you pissing in his tool shed.
This story is heart-breaking, sad, exciting, and intriguing. Feel the uncomfortable embarrassment right along with Mark as he navigates this world. This is the only zine I've ever read on the topic, so it's worth $3 just for that."
-Review by Billy McCall
Quarter-size, 28 pages, color cover.