The Die Vol.3, No.1 / :30 / 12L / Red Roach Press, PO Box 764, College Park, MD 20740 / firstname.lastname@example.org /
The Die is the closest thing to a serious journal that I read, and yet it skillfully defies the tedium and dry writing of that form of art time and time again. This time, a few key subjects are broached: the removal of solitude in the age of electronic media and the increasing authority of the federal government. While the solitude piece tends to gloss a little too much over philosophy (instead of scientific fact), the real meat of the magazine comes in the pieces that are reproduced in this issue about the governmentâ€™s attempt to catalogue juvenile offenderâ€™s DNA. While Iâ€™m not really sure that the ACLUâ€™s reasoning is solid (they say that â€œDNA is different because it contains genetic information that should be kept privateâ€) even though fingerprints are much more useable in the negative sense (identity theft, crooked police framing individuals), the focus on this piece by The Die really informs about a policy that until this point I had no clue about. The book reviews are expansive and really show the editorâ€™s academic (professorial) side; I can see these in the back pages of those same journals previously mentioned, and as always the focus on independent zines provides a tremendous service to the community. The Die is quite possibly the best free publication out right now, and is able to print without ads even during a period that is marred by magazines that â€œboastâ€ of 40% non-advertisement content.