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Veneer No 5

Veneer (or, alternately, Ve) is cultural critique via gesture, phenomena, documentation, and detritus. It's also the arithmetic of print and its possibilities, with an emphasis on technical minutia stretched to the edge of absurdity as its epistemological approach. Every issue holds secrets and gifts to the reader; cards, photos, posters, confessions. It will make you ask "why should I care?" And then you keep reading, because if you didn't care, you wouldn't care. This is tight stuff—freewheeling discipline that made an object worth keeping, and further evidence that intellectual curiosity will always always take you places you never thought relevant or possible. Quarterly.

This one is visuals-heavy. An accounting of possibly the world's only Oakley sunglasses collection (outside of Oakley), sea cucumbers, Sadhana yoga practice, 4-day cassoulet, UFOs and the US Navy, HIV prevention as physics. With Ilsa Nodham, Eric Snow, Chester C. Grusinski, Frank Y. Wang, Dr. Lynn Fendler, Adrian Piper. Letter pressed cover, 2009 calendar insert, comes sealed with industrial foam and bagged. Edition of 1000.

Price: $20