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Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Brand new mag out this month


In the first issue, editors Sasha Wizansky & Amy Standen explain that Meatpaper isn't pro- or anti-meat. "Meatpaper is about meat as a provocative cultural symbol and phenomenon." They see meat on shower curtains and t-shirts, they're reading books on it ("The Omnivore's Dilemma" and "Fast-Food Nation"), and they decided to use it to explore art and other cultures.

"Humans are animals, many of whom regularly eat other animals," they write. "For some this is a basic fact of life; for others, it is a moral quandary. Meat isn't a straightforward or neutral topic. In conversation it tends to ruffle feathers and provoke debate."

This editor's letter is accompanied by a striking early 20th century photograph of a butcher with a long white apron standing beside a woman in a dark dress and little heels. It turns out to be Jack and Sarah Wizansky, grandparents of editor Sasha, in front of R. Wizansky & Son Fancy Meats in Boston's West End.

Sounds pretty interesting.

Posted by Sheryl Julian at 06:42 PM
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