On the edge

Interested in finding out more about straight edge?

Here are some books and Web sites about the lifestyle, some recommended by the kids in the story.

• All Ages: Reflections on Straight Edge by Beth Lahickey (Revelation Books): “It’s all interviews on the straight-edge scene, how it was born, and what people think of it today. It’s really well done,” says Chris Schmidt.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straight_edge: Wikipedia’s article on straight edge includes a definition, the origins of the “X” symbol, tolerance vs. hardline, influential straight-edge bands and links to other related Web sites for further reading.

www.poisonfree.com/guides/straightedge: This “SxE (straight edge) FAQ” covers the origins of straight edge, what the straight-edge lifestyle involves and seminal song lyrics that contributed to the basic principles of straight edge.

www.straight-edge.com: This Web site has “a pretty good definition” of straight edge, says Aaron Chapin.

ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/news.answers/cultures/straight-edge-faq: This extensive FAQ, which has been “compiled from many sources and is believed to be close to the truth,” discusses topics like reconciling straight edge with religious beliefs, the straight edge take on abortion and gay rights, and even how to dance at a hardcore show.