FIFTH ESTATE #385: $4, newsprint, 8 ½” x 11 ½”, 36 pgs.

Mar 23, 2012

I’ve heard of the Fifth Estate magazine, but I don’t think I’ve come across one until now. I’m really surprised to read that they are located in Michigan. Sure, it’s close to Ann Arbor, but after growing up in Michigan, I wasn’t expecting to find a long-running anarchist magazine to emerge from there. Shows what I know, I guess. This issue contains a small collection of “Anarchist Fiction,” and some of it is really good. “The Nacirema” is a particularly striking story of an execution, written from the perspective of someone about to be executed. This account knocked the wind out of me for a few hours. Issue #385 also features an article on copyrights and private property which definitely took a different viewpoint than the SOPA and PIPA debates from a few months ago. I’d like to see a lot more issues of Fifth Estate to really grasp what they are about, but I fully enjoyed reading this. –Steve Hart (PO Box 201016, Ferndale, MI 48220)