Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood: Edited by Tomas Moniz and Jeremy Adam Smith, 193 pgs. By Andy Conway

Apr 27, 2012

The zine known as Rad Dad is second only to “Funk-le Uncle” in my heart when it comes to collections of essays about men filling a vastly important role in families and the fabric of modern life. With “Funk-le Uncle” recently having never existed to begin with,Rad Dad has stepped up as my absolute favorite and their compilation book, “Dispatches From The Frontiers of Fatherhood” serves as an excellent reminder as to why. Filled with writing that is at times sweet, provocative, and thought provoking, this book gives great insight into the many trials and tribulations facing today’s rad dad. I really enjoyed Keith Hennessy’s “Notes from a Sperm Donor,” which I found quite touching (yuk yuk), and the great interview with Ian MacKaye about becoming a father. There’s so much more in this book that I found really compelling; I think many dads and non-dads could find the same. (PM Press, PO Box 23912, Oakland, CA 94623)