Friday, March 04, 2005

Greatest Undergrounder of Them All

No question about it-- no one matches the independence, character, clear thought, and integrity of Fred Woodworth, editor of the long-running journal The Match! and other publications.

Fred is so underground he's not on-line and will never go on-line. (You'll have to read the journal to hear why.) He's so underground he'd never join the ULA! Though the ULA has taken me on a different tangent from Fred's, using another kind of strategy, I still love receiving The Match!-- guaranteed to always be an amazing read. Not Left, not Right, Fred gives the reader an alternate take on the world, supporting his views with knowledge and logic. What's more, even about the Internet, he's usually right!

Issue #102 contains the regular features-- "Who the Police Beat," "Freedom Eclipsed," "The World's Longest Letters Column"-- as well as new revelations to keep us thinking. Noteworthy is an essay challenging Michael Crichton's novel State of Fear, which has gotten a free pass from mainstream media, presumably because Crichton is a doctor and this scares everyone. Not Fred Woodworth! Crichton's arguments are quickly dismantled: "Eventually this planet will run out of fossil or geologically created petroleum. Shifting to solar power is a must. Crichton puts on a broad smile. The current world population of perhaps ten billion persons is very obviously too great. Crichton jeers."

This essay alone makes #102 worth buying. (Note: Woodworth lives his ideas. For instance, he powers his house with solar power.)

While no price is given, I'd send four or five dollars well-wrapped cash for a copy. The Match! c/o Fred Woodworth, PO Box 3012, Tucson AZ 85702.

While you're at it, add a ten-spot for the novel Dream World-- a tough, truthful, and heart-wrenching coming-of-age saga written 20 years ago. Abuse; jail; 60's protesting; understanding the real America from the inside-- Dream World remains the godfather of underground novels.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow, that sounds really cool. It's so hard to find this stuff but I will definitely buy DREAMWORLD. I was just thinking I needed to find some new, fun, indie book for next month.