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Letter from the Editor | Nov. 2010

2010 November 5
by fzine

Dear Readers,

Even though I’ve lived in Alaska for years, it seems I can still be surprised at how different life is here.
Last month, I was upstairs in the living room when I was hit with the smell of horses, that musky tart smell of livestock and feed. So I wasn’t completely surprised when I went downstairs to find four sheep hanging in the garage, being prepped for butchering.
My landlord and several of his friends had gone out to the valley to purchase live animals to bring home and stock their freezers with. The closest thing to this I’d ever personally experienced before was a Christmas tree farm, where you cut down your own tree and bring it home to dress. The gathering of goat skinners below my living quarters, however, had a much stronger sense of community to it (and smell!). They were preparing their winter meat supply together, assisting one another with space and skills.
The culture of food is rich wherever you go: the Ethiopian tradition of using injera (a spongy type of bread) in lieu of silverware to scoop up the food, and being lucky enough to experience gursha – the process of your friend or lover feeding you; in Turkey, the culture of drinking raki (an anise-based drink) with fabulous appetizers called meze before almost every full meal; the 2,000 years of rice culture in Japan – the sowing, weeding, harvesting, preparation and eating. It’s all culture! And Thanksgiving Day in America is most certainly a food-culture event.
This being the month of harvests and a foodie holiday makes it the best time for F Magazine to deliver to its readers a smorgasbord of food culture stories. We’ve taken a closer look at the some of the often-overlooked aspects of food culture in this part of the state – not the obvious hunting/fishing culture, but the horticulture and permaculture, the raising, purchasing, preparing and consuming of food. Localizing everything, including our appetites, is a concept that is rapidly growing in popularity. Is this burgeoning food culture a bi-product or kindling for community?
We’re not just about food this month. We also have some terrific new talent gracing our pages delivering morsels of other cultures, art and music.
The theme for fiction, poetry, art (and a comic!) this month was “Altered States.” As the theme is open to interpretation, you’ll see that each of the published submissions this month interpreted it quite differently – from Alec Fritz’s comic, implies hallucinogens to Jack Gette’s short story about the heinous reality of landscaping (which ties in nicely with the horticulture/permaculture stories.) The random piece by Jesus Landin-Torrez III, who has consistently submitted and been published in every issue (but one) since our inception, is noticeably … different from those in the past. It is a tad shocking, and some readers might find it a bit offensive. It is not our intention to offend, but more importantly, it is not our desired ethical practice to censor art. As we learned from our first issue, however, there is a fine line between censoring art and detracting readers. We hope with this issue, we’ve done neither.

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