Street Librarian

An Update From The <em>Utne</em> Stacks

| January / February 2003

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;

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;

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;