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THE ADVOCATE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 2 M A R C H 2 0 1 7 303 FROM OUR BACK PAGES By R.C. Tino Bel THE COLLECTED ADVENTURES OF HAROLD HEDD* By Rand H. Holmes Iwonder how many of us have dutifully tried to bridge the generation gap by reading the underground press and been discouraged by its sheer unreadability. From time to time I have sampled the Georgia Straight, but have been put off by its unorthodox approach to layout. In the first issue I tried to read, some of the pages were printed with the columns running in four directions, inwards from each of the four sides of the page. One was always having to turn the paper round to carry on reading the same article, and, by the time the centre of the page (and the end of the article) was reached, I for one had developed a squint and a bad headache. A more recent edition I sampled was folded up like an old-time Christmas card, so that, before you could read it, it was helpful to borrow an electric iron and iron it out flat. The peak of unreadability in terms of subject matter is reached, I think, by the Georgia Straight’s rival, the Grape. A recent edition which I read headlined an interview with a lady radical from San Francisco, whose views were so incoherent as to make the questions of the Grape’s interviewer seem a model of lucidity, this being a remarkable feat in itself. Frustrated I turned to a movie review, with no better luck. The review led off with the * Reprinted from (1972) 30 Advocate 370.


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