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Utne Reader Spring 2015

Table of Contents: Spring 2015

Slow Down to Tune In

Slow Down to Tune In 

Society of Skimmers
We can do a lot of things online, but remembering what we read isn't one of them by Michael Agresta,  from The Texas Observer

Raising Offline Kids in a Digital World
One mother's struggle to maintain a technological balance in her household by Dee Dee Risher, from Geez

The Benefits of Being Home Grown
Parenting off the beaten path and unschooling to keep kids connected with nature by Ben Hewitt, from Home Grown


Who Are You?

Who Are You

In Any Light, By Any Name
As a father looks to the stars for meaning, his daughter just wants him to be her dad by Alia Volz, from Tin House

Fade to White
Asian Americans find themselves on the brink of losing their culture through assimilation by Eugene Yi, from KoreAm


Rise of the Greenhorns

Rise of the Greenhorns

The New Farmers
Meet the youthful future of American agriculture by Lauren Markham, from Orion

Beyond Organic
A closer look at the revolutionary ideas that will shape the future of farming by Courtney White, from Grass, Soil, Hope


Emerging Ideas

Emerging Ideas 

A Prickly Proposition
Can an overlooked succulent help salvage toxic soils? by Krista Langlois, from High Country News

A Carbon-Free Commute in the Sky
London's big idea to make the city safer for cyclists by Lindsey Kennedy, Utne Reader

New Bird Order
Why a new generation is flocking to an old hobby by Julie Zarankin, from Maisonneuve


Gleanings 

Gleanings 

What Makes Buildings Beautiful
What is at the heart of the affection for beautiful buildings and the disdain for ugly ones is a universal language by Alison Lurie, from The Language of Houses

Urban Renewal
An excerpt from the March issue of Utne Digital

Hunger
Finding solace in the simple things by Anwar F. Accawi, from The Sun


Mindful Living

Mindful Living

Living Beauty
Recognizing beauty as much more than "skin deep" or "in the eye of the beholder" by Sandra Lubarky, from Keeping the Wild: Against the Domestication of Earth

The Portals to Conscious Elderhood
Understanding life transitions and the importance of rites of passage by Ron Pevny, from Conscious Living, Conscious Aging


Mixed Media

Mixed Media

Fully Destructible
Exploring a personal relationship with nature through video games by nik harron, from Alternatives Journal

Editor's Note
by Christian Williams

Forward
by Eric Utne





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QuinnMontana
11/5/2013 11:46:20 AM
On Being Dumb— Kenneth Goldsmith evades the real truth behind the vision of the world in which he lives. “Smart dumb” is only for the accidentally wealthy. It is not the world of those who worked with clenched teeth and calculating minds, “having sweated for what it’s accomplished” - his grandfather’s world perhaps - but only for those having been born to the rewards of that world. His grandfather’s world was “smart smart” and way too hard. His world is one where everything is easy and to be ironic is considered a calling. It takes a coddled and cultured upbringing with access to myriad musical genres to even know that Thelonious Monk had inserted “wrong notes.” This isn’t “going through smart to get to dumb,” it’s hypocrisy: living in infinite financial security while claiming to be self-made. It takes exposure to both “stuffy” museums, and modern galleries, to theater and poetry and lots and lots of time and lebensraum in which to reflect and rebel for a person to deconstruct John Cage or Gertrude Stein. It is the expansive mindset of those in a very cloistered world. In Mr. Goldsmith’s world everything is available so nothing has value. “A florescent tube leaned up against a wall is worth a million dollars …a plumbing fixture on a pedestal is considered the most important art work of the century.” It is a world of smugness. And Goldsmith has made it clear from the first sentence that he considers himself a prototypical icon of that group. Too clever, he believes, to work hard and flip enough to brag about it. A world where becoming poet laureate to the Museum of Modern Art came from rubbing elbows in Istanbul or Lech am Arlberg. It is a world oblivious to people outside his clique. Where words like compassion and humility are dredged up only for TED talks. Where donation to charity means lavish dinners (to which one arrives rumpled) and writing a check for the museum at which they are showing. Where glib articles promoting dumbness are written to Utne magazine. Mr. Goldsmith’s world is as cold as the jazz he admires, no doubt sardonically. It is a world without humanity. I pity him.

QuinnMontana
11/5/2013 11:44:03 AM
On Being Dumb— Kenneth Goldsmith evades the real truth behind the vision of the world in which he lives. “Smart dumb” is only for the accidentally wealthy. It is not the world of those who worked with clenched teeth and calculating minds, “having sweated for what it’s accomplished” - his grandfather’s world perhaps - but only for those having been born to the rewards of that world. His grandfather’s world was “smart smart” and way too hard. His world is one where everything is easy and to be ironic is considered a calling. It takes a coddled and cultured upbringing with access to myriad musical genres to even know that Thelonious Monk had inserted “wrong notes.” This isn’t “going through smart to get to dumb,” it’s hypocrisy: living in infinite financial security while claiming to be self-made. It takes exposure to both “stuffy” museums, and modern galleries, to theater and poetry and lots and lots of time and lebensraum in which to reflect and rebel for a person to deconstruct John Cage or Gertrude Stein. It is the expansive mindset of those in a very cloistered world. In Mr. Goldsmith’s world everything is available so nothing has value. “A florescent tube leaned up against a wall is worth a million dollars …a plumbing fixture on a pedestal is considered the most important art work of the century.” It is a world of smugness. And Goldsmith has made it clear from the first sentence that he considers himself a prototypical icon of that group. Too clever, he believes, to work hard and flip enough to brag about it. A world where becoming poet laureate to the Museum of Modern Art came from rubbing elbows in Istanbul or Lech am Arlberg. It is a world oblivious to people outside his clique. Where words like compassion and humility are dredged up only for TED talks. Where donation to charity means lavish dinners (to which one arrives rumpled) and writing a check for the museum at which they are showing. Where glib articles promoting dumbness are written to Utne magazine. Mr. Goldsmith’s world is as cold as the jazz he admires, no doubt sardonically. It is a world without humanity. I pity him.





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