Committed to the Custody of the Attorney General (Seth M. Ferranti, 18205-083 Box 420 B-Left , Fairton, NJ 08320)
This is probably the second zine that Iâ€™ve ever had the chance to review by a prisoner, and this one is much different in tone and style than the other one I reviewed. Completely deconstructing the inane laws of the judicial society in poetry, in pieces of art, and other prose, Seth really weaves a strong argument for the hopelessness of a prison society, of even American society, in each word. A master of all mediums, Seth intersperses the text with what I can only assume are pieces of art by another prisoner (Danab), intricately made pieces that look almost like a stamp or woodcut instead of something done presumably by hand. In a zine that strikes at the root of problems, the most Spartan, the most true comment is not Sethâ€™s but rather a quote on the opening page by Paul Klee : â€œArt does not reproduce what can be seen, it makes things visibleâ€. Making the problems that he and countless other prisoners locked up by society have faced visible is truly Sethâ€™s job, with each word, each phrase giving yet another good reason. The only question I have is with the continual reference to â€œUNICORâ€ or â€œUnited Nations Incorporatedâ€. I must not be cynical enough, but I still see the UN as a body that was created to do good, and has at least some of its objectivity left even with considerable US influence. Iâ€™d like to personally see a more detailed view of what UNICOR is, why UNICOR provides a threat, but I donâ€™t know â€“ Seth really gets a lot done in a very small space, and it might just be a pipe dream to assume that he would have adequate space to discuss everything he wanted.