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.
Anyone who's a fan of food writing should be reading the Hungover Gourmet, a Baltimore-based zine dedicated to full-flavored tales of 'food, drink, travel, and fun.' The new issue (#10) includes a lengthy guide to chicharron (fried pork skin) offerings in Long Beach, California. Although the pork rinds are entirely unappealing to me, it's gratifying to see hardcore foodie language applied to this oft-maligned snack food. Of one pork-apple sausage-flavored brand, the reviewer writes: 'Rich and well-rounded, these may be a little too fancy (or 'fruity') for your everyday rind-eater, but are still a welcome variation on the classic treatment.' In issue #9, a former employee chronicled the demise of B's Barbecue & Diner in Orlando, Florida. It 'represented part of a vanishing breed,' he writes. 'Where can you go nowadays for Easter breakfast and get served by a waitress with tequila breath?' Each issue of the Hungover Gourmet also includes recipes and bite-size restaurant reviews submitted by readers far and wide. -- Danielle Maestretti
In Good Tilth is a small newsprint magazine with grand ambitions. Published by the nonprofit group Oregon Tilth, the publication promotes organic and sustainable agriculture through informative research and analysis of the latest news and ideas, from the soil front to the store front. Amid the local charm lacing each issue are potentially world-changing ideas. In the latest issue (March/April), Susan Clark offers a 'radical re-thinking of social and economic values,' including remaking local governance into accessible units that would oversee communal planning of sustainable land use. For Spanish readers, the paper also features art?culos en Espa?ol. -- Natalie Hudson
Green Anarchy wants to rattle your skull and shake the foundations of what you hold true. Arguing for opting-out of cities, capitalism, domestication, technology, and virtually every modern device known to man, Green Anarchy presents theory and action with eloquent conviction. The collection of intense writing and often disturbing imagery might leave you questioning, as Jesse Cross-Nickerson does, 'Can we imagine a world that is not divided between a poor global south and a wealthy north?' If you're unfamiliar with the theories of 'primitivism' and 'anti-civilization,' return to the magazine's earlier issues, which explain the ideas in detail. -- Natalie Hudson
As a guy trying to cut back on his meat consumption -- and getting bored with ramen noodle soup and peanut butter sandwiches -- I found the book 101 Things To Do With Tofu by Donna Kelly and Anne Tegtmeier just in time. The cookbook includes many vegetarian renditions of my favorite Midwestern comfort foods (like Sloppy Joes and casseroles) that sit nicely alongside more adventurous dishes like tofu tika masala and Thai coconut curry. With any luck, 101 Things To Do With Tofu will help me stave off the allure of yet another (real-meat) hamburger night. -- Bennett Gordon
The mission of Arcade, a Seattle-based nonprofit magazine put out by the Northwest Architectural League, is to provide 'an independent voice for civic discussion' on all things architecture. The spring issue covers this beat well with stories on revamping the Seattle Center, the importance of well-designed symbols (for example, how to warn people of peanuts), and a city's obligation to protect 'ugly' buildings. The latest issue also celebrates Arcade's 25 years of publication with an optimistic perspective on the future: 'We're excited to see what the next 25 years will bring.' -- Mary O'Regan