From the Stacks: August 10, 2007


| August, 2007


Utne Reader's library is abuzz with a steady flow of 1,500 magazines, newsletters, journals, weeklies, zines, and other lively dispatches from the cultural front that are rarely found at big-box bookstores, newsstands, or even online. So we share the highlights (and occasional lowlights) of what's landing in our library each week in 'From the Stacks.' Check in every Friday for the latest edition.

In her admirably nonjudgmental zine, Who What When Where Why (I Think I Love You), Lex McQuilkin shares her favorite desperate-yet-entertaining 'Missed Connections' ads culled from two months of surfing the Bay Area's Craigslist site. Each post's unique grammatical style is preserved ('Your older, balding and sexy!!'), and McQuilkin's illustrations dream up visages of the would-be lovers in question. Some ads seem particularly ripe for romance, like 'Love on the Muni,' in which a San Francisco bus driver seeks 'Oh baby blue babe with your baby blue rain boots and baby blue bike... Next time I see you I am going to swerve that damn bus into the median and confess my loveee.' Other, less suave writers aren't quite as endearing: 'I am looking for the drunk chick that was at the Dragon Lounge last Wednesday night. I really felt a connection while you were rolling around on the pool table naked.' -- Danielle Maestretti

The Seattle-based arts magazine Resonance is the journalistic equivalent of that kid on the playground who always had the coolest new toys. The August issue sports a sleek new logo and a tasteful cocktail of the latest visual art, music, and writing, including reviews of the new Drinky Crow toy and some haunting Icelandic street art. Also in the issue, books editor Nick Goman writes about his awkward internet-based interview with renowned conceptual artist Miranda July, and managing editor Kris Kendall profiles Marine combat artists -- military-commissioned artists whose drawings and paintings depict the intensity and monotony that haunt war's frontlines. -- Brendan Mackie

Yogi Times Business targets the growing number of entrepreneurs who are quitting their day jobs to start yoga businesses.?'Now,' writes editor in chief Sophie Parienti in the August issue, 'they're conducting their meetings on meditation pillows and their pinstriped suits have been replaced by T-shirts and stretchy pants.' Yogi Times Business? a Yogi Times spin-off, doles out indispensable advice for budding yoga practitioners, such as the 'Top 10 Things To Consider When Starting A Yoga Studio' and pointers on how yoga teachers should market themselves. The magazine also has plenty of inspirational stories about people who've quit the rat race to join the search for enlightenment and stretchiness. -- Brendan Mackie



The July/August issue of the Chicago Reporter rolls out a series of investigative articles that resonate beyond the borders of the Windy City. Jeff Kelly Lowenstein's cover story, 'Broken Workers, Broken Promises,' looks at the challenges undocumented Latino immigrants face when injured on the job. 'It's like chasing a ghost,' says one lawyer trying to secure workers' compensation benefits for his injured client. Others note that injuries often go unreported because workers fear retaliation from their employers. Elsewhere in the issue, Stacie Williams looks at how mall conditions and shopping options differ in African American and white neighborhoods. -- Eric Kelsey

In Humanist Perspectives' summer issue on 'Minding the Media,' the Canadian quarterly takes an in-depth, and somewhat academic, look at film censorship, propaganda, subversive documentary filmmaking, and the state of the media today. In a feature on American Idol and other audition-based reality TV shows, Canadian playwright John Lazarus argues that 'the primary appeal of these shows is in [their] narratives of destiny,' which do little to mimic real-world success.? Psychologist Robert G. Weyant's 'Propaganda, Language, and the Media' offers a thorough manual to help readers distinguish the 'horse manure' from 'chocolate pudding' when in comes to truth and propaganda in the media. Also in the issue, film critic Jim Skinner gives a history of Hollywood censorship and its ties to a Catholic group, and the magazine sits down with noted atheist and Saturday Night Live alumna Julia Sweeney to talk about her monologue, 'Letting Go of God.' -- Eric Kelsey