Try Out Z Magazine

One of my favorite magazines to read is Z Magazine. It is a leftist magazine of essays, accounts of activists and great cartoons that offers a point of view that I don’t see in any other magazine. In my latest issue that I got in the mail, they are going to push in these next few months to fundraise and get more subscribers. I like Z Magazine because it covers the work of activists from around the world who are trying to protect the environment, work for human rights, aid in peace effors, help the poor, and expose the wrongdoings of corporations and of government. As a website of ordinary citizens who have many of the same concerns and interests, I thought many of you who read wordpress might be interested in giving Z Magazine a try.

Z Magazine was founded in 1987 by two of the founding members of South End Press (http://www.zmag.org/zmag/zmagabout.htm). It was inspired by the movie Z, by Costa-Gavras, that tells the story of repression and resistance in Greece. At the end of the movie, instead of listing the cast and crew, Costa-Gavras list the things banned by the Greek junta in the movie. They include: peace movements, labor unions, long hair on men, Sophocles, Tolstoy, Aeschylus, strikes, Socrates, Ionesco, Sartre, the Beatles, Chekhov, Mark Twain, the bar association, sociology, Becket, the International Encyclopedia, the free press, modern and popular music, the new math, and the letter Z, which in the movie symbolized “the spirit of resistance lives.” In the spirit of the movie, Z Magazine is dedicated. In each issue, Z Magazine begins with this statement:

“Z is an independent monthly magazine of critical thinking on political, cultural, social, and economic lie in the U.S. It sees the racial, gender, class, and political dimensions of personal life as fundamental to understanding and improving contemporary circumstances; and it aims to assist activist efforts for a better future.”

Z Magazine highlights writers as diverse as Lydia Sargent (co-founder of Z Magazine), Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Jack Rasmus, Harvey Wasserman, Margaret Kimberly, and various activists and freelance writers. I am a big fan of the various cartoonists who regularly populate the Z pages. Ted Rall , Keith Tucker , Carol Simpson , Tom Tomorrow, Andy Singer, Matt Wuerker and various other cartoonists create scathing political satire that is difficult to find in more mainstream magazines.

You could check out Z Magazine and their online counterpart Z Communications at http://www.zcommunications.org.

Or you could write to them at
Z Magazine
18 Millfield Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543

I’m giving this plug because I’m a big fan of this magazine. I hope no one minds this plug.

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About angelolopez

I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Since my time in college, my goal has been to be a successful children’s book illustrator. I’ve illustrated 3 books: Two Moms the Zark and Me by Johnny Valentine in 1993; Night Travelers by Sue Hill in 1994; and Cherubic Children’s New Classic Story Book Volume 2 for Cherubic Press in 1998. I’ve painted murals for Lester Shields Elementary School in San Jose, the Berryessa branch of the San Jose Public Library, and Grace Community Church in Los Altos. I’ve had a few illustrations published in South Bay Accent Magazine and I will have an illustration published in the January/February issue of Tikkun magazine.
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