Books Aloud – June 2008

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Fermenting Revolution: How to Drink Beer and Save the World
Christopher Mark O'Brien
New Society Publishers
Street: 11.01.06
The mere title of this book is enticing. Saving the world while drinking beer—I mean, what is better than that? This book shows the reader how to combat the corporate beer brewing industry through fair trade and local brewers. It takes a deep and quite humorous look into the world of beer and what effects it has had on cultures and places around the world. It also tells how these places have been affected previously, but also what is going to happen in the future if the corporate brewers continue their mass production of shitty beer. The book is filled with inspirational quotes from great beer drinkers like Homer J. Simpson and William Shakespeare. If nothing more, this book will definitely want to make you drink another tasty brew. –Mike Reff

Milk and Honey
Trent Call
Swinj Production
Street: 2008
Trent Call draws again! His influence seems to be everywhere around Salt Lake and is well respected by the collective graffiti art movement that is happening on the east coast. Milk and Honey is the second installment of his Drawsquare series, which could be considered his solo project from well-established zine Swinj. The first in the series was a collection of stickers in the same drawing style as Milk and Honey, which rides the line of comic book, anime, graffiti and avant garde. Some of the caricatures are reminiscent of scenes from Paprika or Tokyo Godfathers, while the photograph series have the indie hip-hop vibe mixed in with a little early Disney cartoonage. The book starts out in similar drawing fashion to Drawsquare one with line drawings of peculiar figures in eccentric poses. The next selection is a mélange of cartoon and real life faces crammed together and defying any type of continuum. The detail is amazing, but still in rough pencil sketch style. The final section is the most comical as the figures interact with photographs in unusual ways; in and out of windows, sitting atop houses and climbing over fences. The spectrum of the book is attention-grabbing as Call moves from line drawings to a mixed photography medium and is a must have for any local art lover. –Andrew Glassett

Skateboarding Skills: The Rider's Guide
Ben Powell
Firefly Books
Street: 03.18
This book is another glimpse into the multi million dollar industry that everybody is trying to get a piece of. It's hard to say if this is really what we need—one more instructional book on how to be a skateboarder. Don't get me wrong, any learning is good learning, but at the same time there is joy in the struggle of learning new tricks by trial and error. The Rider's Guide has explanations for many beginner maneuvers as well as some more advanced tricks near the end of the book. It has a whole section explaining competition etiquette and the different stages of sponsorship as you get more comfortable on your seven-ply freedom device. Overall, this might be good for your nephew/ niece, but it's hardly practical when you can go out and learn all the things mentioned the old fashioned way. –Adam Dorobiala