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Whoever you are, there is some younger person who thinks you are perfect. There is some work that will never be done if you don’t do it. There is someone who would miss you if you were gone. There is a place that you alone can fill. ”
Jacob M. Braude227
If you’ve never ordered from Pioneers Press, now is your time to do so! You’ll get your stuff fast, usually with freebies and a nice note. Plus, you’ll know you’re supporting some great folks with your purchase. What’s your excuse not to?7
Just finished reading an advanced copy of Under the Radar: Notes from the Wild Mushroom Trade, by Olivier Matthon.
Under the Radar is an upcoming title from Pioneers Press (formerly Microcosm Distribution). Due out later this Spring, Under the Radar is a 40-ish page zine detailing the wild edible mushroom-picking circuit, a nearly year-round trade throughout the Pacific Northwest and a few other regions along the coastal US.
I really enjoyed Under the Radar for different reasons than I usually enjoy zines. When I find a zine that I am really into it’s usually because I can relate to it on a fairly acute level; zines pertaining to general woe, punk rock, or vegan cooking always hit certain chords in my heart, and I can’t help but feel a little something more when I flip through the bent-through-the-mail, crookedly photocopied pages. This zine, however, takes a little bit of a different approach than that which I’m used to seeing. Instead of reading like a personal zine about Olivier’s season spent picking mushrooms (like I honestly expected), Under the Radar is a unique piece of journalism, allowing a certain insight into a relatively unknown trade.
I know the word “journalism” scares a bunch of people. It sounds too stuffy, too corporate, but I assure you that Matthon’s piece is neither of these. Instead, what we get is a totally authentic view into the world of wild mushroom picking with a genuine respect for all those involved, from pickers to buyers.
I learned a lot from reading this zine and have since started conversations with co-workers and friends about the wild mushroom trade. They all seemed just as surprised as me to find out that hallucinogenic mushrooms aren’t the only mushrooms with questionable legality in the States.
If you want a zine that is not only entertaining and informative, but also inspiring (in terms of both journalism and striving towards a life outside of the bounds of capitalism), Under the Radar is the zine for you. Preorder now from Pioneers Press.6
This cat is older than I am.5
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This is soon. You should come.3
These exist. Lemme know if you want one. The black one isn’t blurry in real life.3