Slug and Lettuce #77

Slug and Lettuce #77 / Full Sized / 20 Pages / Christine, PO Box 26632, Richmond, VA 23261-6632 / chris1slug@hotmail.com / Released Autumn 2003 / 

While Chris might have the tag for eir magazine be “A zine supporting the do-it-yourself ethics of the punk community”, the simple fact here is that Slug & Lettuce is more than just a zine. After a lifetime of publication, literally (Slug & Lettuce is going on 18 years old in 2004), Slug & Lettuce is the New York Times of zinesters. If an individual hasn’t picked up at least an issue of Slug & Lettuce, I don’t really know if they are really informed about the cutting edge of eco-punk, vegan recipes, punk parenting, and some of the most focused reviews in any of zinedom. The message of Slug & Lettuce is not exclusion, as it may be with a number of other zines, but total inclusion. For example, pretty much any infoshop and a great deal of friendly independent neighborhood record stores will have free copies of the zine just chilling out, waiting for people. There is absolutely no reason why an individual wouldn’t be able to find a copy of the zine, and if an individual has any sense of caring about the world, about what “punk” might be, about destroying the terrors of racism, sexism, homophobia, and classism in punk, in hardcore, in larger society, and the like. This specific issue has an extremely personal opening by Chris, as well as a discussion of hobo culture, Vegan recipes, the history of Richmond FNB and Gainesville, Florida’s Civic Media Center. Slug and Lettuce is rapidly becoming the one zine that will make me cry, if not for showing me that all of punk, anarchism, hardcore, noise, and the rest of the motley crew of alternatives to the mainstream are not just inhabited by scenesters, but that there are some people that still give a shit.

Rating: 8.6/10

Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University. I have been the editor at NeuFutur / neufutur.com since I was 15. Looking for new staff members all the time; email me if you are interested. Thanks!

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