* One photograph focuses on blue sky, blue sea and snow-capped mountains from within the gooey black oil contained in a floating cleanup corral after the Exxon Valdez spill. Another shot features clouds of coal-based smoke pouring from a rubber plant in Copsa Mica, Romania, "the world's most polluted town." From cover to cover the September/October American Photo's "special environmental issue" is loaded with remarkable images that answer the editors' question: "What can a photograph do to save the environment?" The issue even includes a guide to "Eco-Etiquette for Photographers."
* Have magazines taken over your home and threatened your domestic tranquility? Well, think twice before calling the recyclers' SWAT team to forcibly remove the publications. Richard Thau says in the Aug. 13 Magazine Week that there's money to be made in old magazines. If you had held on to your 1954 debut issue of Playboy (the one with Marilyn Monroe on the cover), for example, you might find someone willing to buy it for $600 to $1,200. Most old magazines, however, are worth considerably less: Issues from the 1930s, for instance, tend to fetch about $12.