Dish Rag is a bi-annual print magazine that uses cultural fermentation as a lens through which to analyze a new theme each issue.  

 
 

 
 
It’s all a tad creepy, but in a really satisfying way
— Office Magazine

Cultural fermentation can be seen as an act of ontological compromise—an agitation in normalcy to build mutual understanding. On one end of the spectrum we have nihilism, and on the other end, realism. Phenomenalistic idealism seeks to fuse these positions both by acknowledging the existence of the physical world, and by recognizing that the domain and affairs of that world are not explicitly included in the basic definition of reality. This magazine, therefore, advances a principled ambition: to draw on fermentation as both a theory and a practice as we journey across sub/human conditions and document scenes of in/animacy. The fermentation process we leverage is certainly not to preserve culture. Its aim, in an alchemical style, is to create something new and unfamiliar, even unpredictable.  

Dish Rag’s content analyzes the phenomenalistic using various theoretical frameworks to shed light on experiences that would otherwise remain bounded to—and concealed within—the subjective/sub-conscious mind. 

Our first issue is themed around caves. Some topics covered in this issue include: cheese cave etymology, birds nest soup and the urban rehoming of swiftlets, the history of Renaissance gardens and grottos, the end of an era at a club known as “the rave cave,” guano as stimulant and its place in the world of pseudoscientific medications, and the astrological symbolism of the cave.