"John Gerken was one of the participating zinesters on the Y'erd Me? Zine Tour of the east coast in November of 2002, reading from I Hate This Part of Texas. The selections read from the zine were later documented in the compilation zine Y'erd Me?, which included the work of all the touring zinesters.
The title was a line of graffiti the author read at a rest stop in Oklahoma. The zine addresses queer and feminist issues through a number of personal anecdotes." -- taken from ZineWiki
In "I Hate This Part of Texas" #2 1/2, John writes about issues that have been on his mind, but that he didn't have enough time or space to include in issue #2. These include his thoughts on being a male; how to compost; making beer; botched experiments in the kitchen; some of his favorite zines; his love for coffee; and riding Greyhound buses.