SPECIOUS SPECIES #5: $10 ppd., 5 ¾” x 8 ¼”, 188 pgs.

May 08, 2013

Specious Species reminds me a lot of RE/Search. And that’s a high compliment in my book. The reason being, the interviews are so well done and the subjects are so interesting it gets my mental gears to working. Each issue of this publication broadens my mind, turns me on to new people, new places, and new ideas. Where else today, in this world of market demographics and “lifestyle” magazines, can you read an interview with Mark McCloud from the LSD Museum? Or Ethan Waters, author of Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche? It’s obvious that the editor, Joe Donohoe, is not content to let things come to him—he’s actively searching this stuff out. In a good way, it makes me feel like I’m spinning my wheels and need to get off my ass and go find what’s out there. There are interviews with Dave King (designer of the Crass logo), artist Alex Grey, the Residents, and so many more. I’m not finished with this yet. I like to take my time and absorb it. Get Specious Species and broaden your mind and your horizons. Your world will be a better place. –M.Avrg (3345 20th St., SF, CA 94110)