What is that thing called parenting? How does one go about doing that today? How about in a way that is politically conscious and maintains the right values? “Rad Dad: dispatches from the frontiers of fatherhood” explores those questions and more. Released in September from Microcosm, the book is a 197 page compilation of thirty nine essays edited by (and including the work of) Tom Moniz, author of the popular local zine “Rad Dad” and Jeremy Adam Smith, the author of the blog “Daddy Dialect” and book “The Daddy Shift.”
Although the subject matter may initially seem directed toward a specific demographic (dads, of course) it presents a wide range of twenty-first century experiences that go beyond the topic of the father-child relationship and offer original narratives that have been reviewed as interesting to anyone who picks up the book. We’re talking storied from sperm donors, transgendered dads and dads fighting poverty — just to give you an idea.
Tom Moniz has been publishing “Rad Dad” (the zine) for the past decade and has issue #21 coming out in December, including stories from the Occupy Movement. His zine was also named best local zine by the San Francisco Bay Guardian this year. I also hear he’s a pretty great dad.
If you want to hear from him and other contributors to “Rad Dad: dispatches from the frontiers of fatherhood,” Moniz will be in San Francisco on December 1st and in Berkeley on the 5th.
680 Market Street @Gough
Pegasus Downtown Berkeley
Rad Parents Read Their Favorite Kids Books
2349 Shattuck Avenue
Moniz will also be tabling at the East Bay Alternative Press Book Fair on December 10 at Berkeley City College.
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