RED IN PEN & CLAW: THE MEANEST REVIEWS OF GREEN ANARCHY, $3, 5½” x 8½”, 28pgs.

Sep 22, 2023

The more things change, the more they stay the same… Red in Pen & Claw is exactly what the title says: a hand-selected batch of the meanest reviews from Green Anarchy  (I don’t know if the person who put this together has any relation to the zine itself, to be clear), a now-defunct (I’m fairly certain) anti-civilization/anarcho-primitivist magazine. It was, indeed, notorious for no-holds-barred reviews, tearing apart such institutions as Slingshot and Food Not Bombs. This zine was an absolutely raucous ride through anarchist infighting of the early-to-mid-2000s, and I loved it. You have to laugh at some of the lines the Green Anarchy crew draws in the sand (Food Not Bombs is liberal bullshit, but asking white people to cut off their dreads is beyond the pale), but I have to admit that the way they stick to the bit is admirable. What really gets me about this selection, though, is the way it resonates with current brands of infighting and that hydra “cancel culture”—if these arguments look absurd in hindsight, what will we look back on in even fifteen years and kick ourselves for? How different really were all these micro-expressions of that thing called anarchism? A great reminder that acting as though we’re all on the same team always ages better than the alternative, and a hilarious throwback for anyone who loves bitchy zinesters even when they’re wrong. –jimmy cooper (Campaign To Play For Keeps, PO Box 701, Cobleskill, NY 12043)

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