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    From the Stacks: February 23, 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.

    For nearly 15 years, Musea has doggedly served as a dispatch
    from ‘the ongoing revolution in the ARTS!’ In the February issue of
    this short-but-sweet zine (replete with a cool handmade bookmark),
    editor Tom Hendricks cobbles together a divinely far-out roundup of
    his favorite books. I have a very sensitive radar for the
    ‘weird-for-weird’s sake,’ and believe me, this isn’t. Hendricks
    explains that he bought many of the books from library sales; I
    can’t think of a better way to assemble such diverse choices as
    World’s Best Clown Gags, Ben Bagdikian’s The Media
    Monopoly
    , and Forever Lounge: A Laid-Back Price Guide to
    the Languid Sounds of Lounge Music
    . His enthusiasm about each
    title is contagious, too — I’m this close to buying
    Elvis Presley’s Graceland: The Official Guidebook, and I
    don’t even like Elvis. — Danielle Maestretti

    It seems like an insult to
    call Esopus a magazine, though technically
    that’s what it is. With large, thick, full-color pages — many of
    which unfold into posters and vary in texture and size —
    Esopus feels more like an exhibition catalogue that one
    might purchase in a museum gift shop. The pages are full of
    stunning photography, poetry, fiction, and paintings. Each issue
    also comes with a music CD stuck to the back cover. Considering all
    that Esopus offers, it’s surprising that the magazine is a
    nonprofit publication, kept afloat by generous donors and a small
    subscription fee. Issue #7 features a 13-year-old’s colored-pencil
    war drawing, a museum guard’s take on art, and eight pages of
    translucent squares, perforated to be torn out for display, making
    the magazine part of the art itself. — Mary O’Regan

    Each issue of 2wice , a semiannual arts journal of the
    not-for-profit 2wice Arts Foundation, Inc., evokes a particular
    theme, with the latest being ‘how-to.’ The 16 instructional
    categories are diverse, often surprising, and certainly intriguing.
    ‘How to Botticelli’ offers an informative look at nude
    paint-by-numbers in the 1950s. ‘How to Spread Democracy’ features a
    man covered by machine guns with a halo of fighter jets —
    juxtaposed with a page of deformed plastic toy soldiers. ‘How to
    Fix Things’ showcases artist Nina Katchadourian and her arresting
    mended spiderwebs. Also be sure to take a gander at her collections
    of stacked books, which, when the titles are read from top to
    bottom, make for a delightfully quirky story. — Elizabeth
    Ryan

    ‘We’re masters of
    the universe over here, and we didn’t even go to Space Camp,’
    concludes the editor’s note of
    Missbehave‘s second issue. Published in
    Brooklyn, Missbehave is sarcastic, urbane, and giddy
    –thoroughly a product of its milieu. The article ‘Intervention:
    Jared Leto’ speaks to my inner space cadet, admonishing the
    heartthrob of My So-Called Life for his recent fashion
    swerve into tackiness. Also in this issue, ‘Good Hair’ profiles
    Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Arnardottir, whose preferred medium is
    hair — one of her headdresses appears on the cover of Bjork’s
    album Medulla. Missbehave had me wishing for
    longer locks so I could twirl them around my finger as I snapped my
    gum. — Evelyn Hampton

    A growing sense of urgency to better understand youth violence
    and prevent it has both researchers and people who work with young
    people scrambling to pool their resources. Enter the
    Prevention
    Researcher
    , a 20-page journal packed with research related
    to at-risk youth. The magazine bridges a divide between
    researchers’ data and the professionals who work with susceptible
    youth. The resulting invaluable resource for nurses, psychologists,
    and social workers is published quarterly by Integrated Research
    Services, Inc., a nonprofit research organization based in Oregon.
    Though the publication is definitely geared toward evidence-based
    minds, accessible articles in the February issue on youth
    victimization provide strategies to reduce online victimization and
    understand the connection between victims of violence and juvenile
    offenders. — Jenna Fisher

    For an update on what’s happening in Native American
    news, pick up a copy of
    Indian Country Today. The weekly newspaper
    offers its readers news and views on the issues facing native
    communities. Every week, the broadsheet keeps a strikingly sharp
    eye on Washington, with in-depth analysis of the various bills
    moving through Congress and their possible impacts on Native
    Americans. A front-page piece in the Feb. 14 issue by Jerry
    Reynolds picks apart President Bush’s 2008 budget proposal and
    quotes House Rep. Nick Rahall saying the budget ‘both debilitates
    the basic needs of sovereign Indian nations and stunts the creation
    of opportunities in Indian country.’ — Natalie Hudson

    Dispensing with the typical clich?s of pastoral life,
    Backwoods Home gets down to the
    nitty-gritty details of a living off the land. The sticker seals
    that protected the March/April issue were difficult to open, likely
    because they expected me to have a survivalist knife on hand to
    assist. Once inside however, I was rewarded with interesting
    stories on growing your own food, protecting your home from
    wildfires, and a rather gruesome story of wilderness dentistry
    involving a carpet needle, lineman’s pliers, and a lot of blood.
    Backwoods Home can be delivered to your door six times a
    year, wherever that door might be. — Bennett Gordon

    Published on Feb 1, 2007

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