Dish Rag Magazine
This collaborative publication is intended to be a bi-annual investigation of cultural fermentation through the lens of a new theme each issue. Cultural fermentation refers to moments of agitation and excitement that begin to form trends within our day-to-day lives. This magazine, therefore, advances a principled ambition: to draw on fermentation as both a theory and a practice as we journey across sub/human conditions and document scenes of in/animacy. The fermentation process we leverage is certainly not to preserve culture. Its aim, in an alchemical style, is to create something new and unfamiliar, even unpredictable. We feature an assortment of photo essays, critical essays, and fiction, framed by illustrations and comics.
Some topics covered in this issue include: cheese cave etymology; birds nest soup and the urban rehoming of swiftlets in Malaysia; the history of Renaissance grottos; the end of an era at a club known as “the rave cave”; guano as a stimulant, and how one martial arts instructor in Beirut uses it in his dabbling with pseudoscientific practice; and the astrological symbolism of the cave.
Straddling the line between zine and magazine contributor Jessica Merliss explains "we’re not a magazine in that we don’t have ads, our articles are longer form and don’t have an aspect of timeliness, each issue is really like a geek-out session in the spirit of a zine but with the presentation of a magazine"
Full color 10" x 7" size
108 page perfect bound booklet