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January / February 2003
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Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Dan Price?s Moonlight Chronicles will make you want to keep exploring and looking at things anew. Like past editions, issue #31 is part sketchbook (everything from salt shakers to mountain ranges), part diary of someone who likes to be outdoors, and part commonplace book of quotations from writers who exemplify the vagabond spirit. $5/issue from D. Price, Box 109, Joseph, OR 97846.

Sic (?The magazine of no value?), put out by members of the politically minded British musical group Chumbawamba, aims?successfully?to put ?engaged artists and activists in the same space.? The first issue profiles both El Vez (?revolutionary Mexican Elvis?) and Race & Class editor (and British activist intellectual) A. Sivanandan, and includes substantial pieces on Palestine, Italy, and Argentina, as well as short personal takes on books, films, and music that matters. ?4.95 from Box TR666, Leeds, LS12 3XJ England.

The bimonthly Dirty Linen magazine published its 100th issue recently. Now covering folk and international music from Inuit rock to Delta blues, Dirty Linen began in 1983 as a fanzine devoted to one band?Fairport Convention. Today it?s an important source of music reviews, musician profiles, and tour schedules. $22 (6 issues) from Box 66600, Baltimore, MD 21239

A new tabloid, War Times, documents the extravagant costs of militarism and the so-called war on terrorism. Published every month or two, it gives voice in English and Spanish to ordinary people whose opinions usually go unheard. $25/yr. from 1230 Market St., PMB 409, San Francisco, CA 94102; www.war-times.org

Recently published by Garrett County Press: Bob Helms? Guinea Pig Zero is not only a self-help guide for people considering work as volunteer subjects in medical research, but also a serious history of medical testing with sobering case studies. $14.95 from 828 Royal St., #248, New Orleans, LA 70116; www.gcpress.com

Surrealist Subversions, edited by Ron Sakolsky and published by Autonomedia, celebrates play, freedom, utopian dreaming, and insurrection. The 742-page anthology of mostly 20th century Chicago-based surrealists encourages readers to move to the marvelous and away from ?miserabilism.? Brain fodder for creative people chafing in cultural harnesses, it positively bulges with inspirational games, radical poetics, and provocative critiques of race, religion and ?the art racket.? $22.95 from Box 568, Williamsburgh Station, Brooklyn, NY 11211; www.autonomedia.org

Small, Sweet, and Strong
Little Arts Magazines

Picture a poetry mag as thin as a pamphlet, a mini-comic that reviews mini-comics, a self-described ?queer? zine also devoted to dream journals, bibliography, and translation. My favorite arts magazines have no bar codes or ISSNs, and show up only via the mail.

Lilliput Review is a wee, long-lived magazine of poems limited to 10 lines or less. Its space requirements make for clearer writing than you?ll find in many self-indulgent literary mags. ($10/15 issues from Don Wentworth, 282 Main St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201; http://donw714.tripod.com/lillieindex.html)

Comixville, a mini-comic devoted to reviewing and excerpting other self-published comics, is a great way to discover budding, talented artists. Its first three issues have introduced me to the disarmingly simple work of Missy Kulik, Yvonne Ng, and Iris Porter, who create tiny picture books of personal philosophy. (For a sample, send a first-class postage stamp to Box 697, Portland, OR 97207-0697.)

Donny Smith calls his longstanding Dwan a ?queer poetry zine,? but you?re just as apt to find dream journal entries in it, along with memoir, correspondence, reading recommendations, and Web site annotations. ($4/issue?but free to prisoners?from D. Smith, Box 411, Swarthmore, PA 19081)

Also noteworthy: For the Clerisy, a quarterly newsletter for ?people who read books for the sheer pleasure of it? ($2/each from Box 404, Getzvillle, NY 14068); Film Flam, a ?quarterly journal dedicated to the cultivation of film culture? ($2.50/sample copy from B. Drischell, 1752 Shields Ave., St. Paul, MN 55104); Musea, a monthly newsletter promoting arts free from corporate control ($10/year from Tom Hendricks, 4000 Hawthorne, #5, Dallas, TX 75219; http://musea.digitalchainsaw.com).


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