Little America

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Little America is a story written by Tsukizubon Saruko and illustrated by Safelybeds. It ran in Issue 26 at, and is mirrored at


From "cute story about being different and fitting in and teenage confusion and fall in lust and getting rejected and falling in love and realizing people suck, but that's ok. [white/asian dudes]"

From "On homophobic high school bullying, college rock, and figuring out who the hell you're supposed to be in the late 1980s Midwest."

Artist's Notes[edit]

External Reviews[edit]

Appendix: Nate's Mixtape[edit]

(a full playlist can be found here)


More general songs of social disaffection and high school being awful.

1. R.E.M. - Radio Free Europe
Nate realizes that most of the time he doesn't know what the hell R.E.M. is talking about, but mostly he just takes this as awe-inspiring evidence of how incredibly deep they are.

2. The Ramones - Rock 'N' Roll High School
A part of Nate sort of thinks he should think this song is stupid, but he doesn't.

3. The Sex Pistols - Pretty Vacant
Nate is at all times acutely aware of how poserish his liking the Sex Pistols is. Also, he has to hide their albums in his room really carefully to keep his mom from seeing their name.

4. Violent Femmes - Kiss Off
This is probably Nate's favorite song in the world.

5. The Jam - Absolute Beginners
Okay, stepping out of the narrative for a moment, this is the ONLY DIRECT LIFT FROM THE GROSSE POINTE BLANK SOUNDTRACK THAT I ALLOWED MYSELF

6. The Feelies - The Boy With The Perpetual Nervousness
Nate will thank you to keep your comments about this to yourself.

7. Pixies - Break My Body
The Pixies actually make Nate sort of uncomfortable.

8. Sonic Youth - Teen Age Riot
This is the one that gets like the last twenty seconds or so cut off at the end of the first side because Nate pushed his math too hard, and at first he was like AW DAMMIT, and then he was like... eh, whatever.


Where things start getting progressively more awkwardly romantic.

1. Dinosaur Jr. - Freak Scene (about as non-crap as the live recordings get; nothing doing with the album version)
...This song actually sort of makes Nate think more about Jase, but that's okay, too.

2. Hüsker Dü - Could You Be The One?
Nate loves Hüsker Dü, but still can't quite figure out how to say their name. He fakes it by sort of mumbling.

3. The Replacements - I Will Dare
This was a song Nate actually played for Eric relatively early on, but he couldn't tell if Eric quite, you know, got what he was trying to say or not.

4. Echo & The Bunnymen - Bring On The Dancing Horses (sound's kind of junk, but the video is more than worth it)
Nate thinks he knows what this song is about, but he's not sure.

5. The Jesus and Mary Chain - Just Like Honey
If Nate weren't too nervous to put on music while he and Eric are making out, this is the song he would put on.

6. Joy Division - Transmission
Joy Division was really kind of before Nate's time, but the stuttery 2 a.m. college radio station DJ sure does love to play them.

7. The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Nate has to confess, although never to Jase and definitely never to Amy, that he's not really sure what the big deal is about The Smiths. But this song makes him think about Eric more than just about any other.

8. The Cure - A Night Like This (severe dearth of the canned version online, I fear)
This is the only song by The Cure that Nate actually likes.