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Table of Contents: Fall 2014

The High Cost of Convenience

 

Big Whopper Economics
For workers to get a raise, the franchised fast-food industry needs reform by Josh Freedman, excerpted from Washington Monthly

The Logistical Failure
We have come to rely on having anything anywhere at any time, all the while remaining apathetic to the complexities demanded by a lifestyle of convenience by Clare Lyster, from Cabinet


Too Much Information

Too much Information

Learning to Leave Google
Online privacy concerns drive some to Google alternatives by Julie Angwin, from Dragnet Nation

The Odds on My Baby
How much information does one need to make a decision about life or death? by Bonnie Tsui, from Pacific Standard


Fertility for Sale

Fertility

Great Egg-spectations
One woman's life-changing experience selling her eggs by Anonymous, from Bust

India's Reproductive Assembly Line
For many working-class women, surrogacy is the best job they'll ever have by Sharmila Rudrappa, from Contexts


Emerging Ideas

Emerging Ideas 

Flying the Coop
Antibiotic resistance found in birds, other wildlife by Lindsey Konkel, from Environmental Health News

Capital Courts
How transnational corporations have been holding governments for ransom by John Hilary, from Red Pepper

Minisink Maladies
Environmental hazards from fracking may extend well beyond drilling sites by Jessica Cohen, special to Utne Reader

Why B Corps Matter
It's time for capitalism to evolve from a model of short-term profits for a few to a model of shared and enduring prosperity for all by Ryan Honeyman, from The B Corp Handbook: How to Use Business as a Force for Good


Gleanings 

Gleanings 

Being as Glass Eel
A textual veil that reveals the form of the object beneath it by Roda Aiello, from Art Papers

The Eighth Man
Sometimes it's best to let explanations fall short and simply marvel at the story by Brian Doyle, from Ruminate

A Reinterpretation of Tears
Learning how to be a good father that won't leave by Roger Porter, from Rad Dad


Mindful Living

Mindful Living

Visions of the Impossible
How "fantastic" stories unlock the nature of consciousness by Jeffrey Kripal, from The Chronicle Review

Wild Darkness
In nature, death is not defeat by Eva Saulitis, from Orion


Mixed Media

Mixed Media

Inside the Box
When reading a magazine becomes a communal event by Gwen Allen, from Art Papers


Reviews:

Film
The Boom Before the Bust: a review of The Overnighters
An Unlikely Spy: a review of The Green Prince
Dirtier Than You Think: a review of Big Men

Music
A Heaping Spoonful of Great Music: a review of They Want My Soul by Spoon
Lost and Found: a review of Fiddle by George "Smoke" Dawson
Still Rough around the Edges: a review of The No-Hit Wonder by Cory Branan

Books
More Than Meets the Eye: a review of Women in Clothes edited by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton
Compelling Correspondence: a review of Letters of Note compiled by Shaun Usher
Whale Watching: a review of War of the Whales by Joshua Horwitz
A Work in Progress: a review of My Accidental Jihad by Krista Bremer
The Silence is Deafening: a review of Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit


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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