January-February 2010






SacrificeGet Rich NowThe economy will never be the same. It’s time to rethink our definition of “the good life.”by Amitai Etzioni, from The New Republic 

Empire of the StunnedSocial critic James Howard Kunstler believes that what killed America’s economy could make society strongerinterview by Leslee Goodman, from The Sun 

Work PlanMaytag’s departure left a small Iowa town reeling. Today, a revitalized workforce is fulfilling the potential of green-collar jobs.by Barry Yeoman, from Audubon 

We Are All MadoffsOur relationship to the natural world is a Ponzi schemeby David P. Barash, from The Chronicle of Higher Education 


ConspiracyA Conspiracy of HateThe extreme right is armed, dangerous, and coming to a town near youby Larry Keller, from Intelligence Report 

The Paranoid CenterExaggerating the threat of right-wing violence stifles legitimate dissentby Jesse Walker, from Reason 







CreativityCrafting a New WorldSociologist Richard Sennett explains how working with our hands enhances critical thinking, radicalizes labor, and makes us proudinterview by Suzanne Ramljak, from American Craft 






Al JazeeraThe Most Trusted Name in News?Al Jazeera English comes to North America with a reputation—for excellent journalismby Deborah Campbell, from The Walrus 





Emerging Ideas: 

Inventing betterInventing a Better WorldJosé Gómez-Márquez’s low-tech devices save lives 
by Emily Singer, from Technology Review 

The Latino CrescentThe changing face of Muslim America 
by Lyndsey Matthews, from The Brooklyn Rail 

China’s Car-Free OasisHigh-speed urban development goes green in Guangzhou 
by Karl Fjellstrom, from Carbusters 

The Encyclopedia of LifeOpen-source biology could save a vital sector of science 
by Alan Burdick, from OnEarth 



LivingLiving WatersWhat it takes to immerse yourself in faith 
by Leslie What, from Calyx 

A Test of PatienceThe world’s longest, most elusive science experiment 
by Mats Bigert, from Cabinet 

Not Having a Blast in AppalachiaHow to explore a mountaintop removal site 
by Ned Ludd, from Earth First! Journal 

Twittering Fools
Nobody is interested in what the public thinks 
by Edward Docx, from Prospect 


Mindful Living: 

LostWhy Do I Get So Lost?One man’s quest for a sense of direction 
by Bruce Grierson, from Explore 

When Humor HumiliatesGelotophobes dread being the butt of a joke 
by Susan Gaidos, from Science News 

Power to the Plumbers
Inciting a wastewater revolution 
interview by Jessica Kellner, from Natural Home 

Color Me NontoxicHealth problems at nail salons spur ecofriendly shops 
by Momo Chang, from Hyphen 


Mixed Media 

SongsThe Songs We Don’t SingWhy we all need to make music, at any age 
by Toner Quinn, from the Journal of Music 

Famous Novels No One Has Ever ReadAt the Invisible Library, the fiction is really fictitious 
by Alex Dimitrov, from Poets & Writers 

Plus: Music, film, and book reviews 






Editor’s NoteHate, Ink.
by David Schimke

Shelf LifeThe City That Readsby Danielle Maestretti

ForwardThink Globally, Bank Locallyby Eric Utne

Dispatches from:NACLA Report on the AmericasNew InternationalistIEEE SpectrumDevelopmentsNew MobilityThe American ProspectThe New Republic, Yes!, Peace ReviewNew HumanistTechnology ReviewEarth Island JournalMultinational MonitorScience NewsSearchWorld Literature TodayProspectFilm Comment 


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