RAD DAD #18: $3 ppd., 5 ½” x 8”, offset, 40 pgs.

In 1990, famed female hip hop mavens Salt-n-Pepa decreed that we “talk about sex, baby” and an entire nation listened. Some two decades later, the writers featured in Rad Dad remain true to the original bold initiative set forth by that legendary rap duo and have presented an engaging collection of deeply personal essays and interviews, mostly on the topic of sex and how it affects relationships and parenting. I especially enjoyed Clayton Dewey’s piece on his marriage gradually moving into an open relationship and Dani Burlison’s essay on her anxiety over her teenage daughter becoming sexually active. Everything in this zine comes off as very honest. It’s also funny and well written, to boot. Salt-n-Pepa would be very proud. –Andy Conway (Microcosm Publishing, microcosmpublishing.com)