Table of Contents: September-October 2009

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In This Issue

September-October 2009

Post-Pundit AmericaMorality, trust, community, and the end of attack politics

Liberals Aren’t Un-American. Conservatives Aren’t Ignorant.The demonization that mars our politics is a failure of moral imaginationby Tom Jacobs, from Miller-McCune

Not Everyone Is Out to Get You
Before reimagining our politics, we have to learn to trust one another–at least a little bit
by Pamela Paxton and Jeremy Adam Smith, from Greater Good

Daring to Accept Our DifferencesMichael Ostrolenk, president of the Transpartisan Center, urges us to turn conflict into intellectual fuelinterview by David Schimke

An Officer and an Oracle
An ex-cop seeks solace, hits bottom, and comes out firing in canyon countrytext and photos by Craig Childs, from Orion

Camping for Their Lives
Call them squatter villages, tent cities, or informal urbanism–more people are calling them homeby Scott Bransford, from High Country News

Are You Happy Now?
No pop psychologist, Barbara Fredrickson seriously considers how to cultivate positive emotionsinterview by Angela Winter, from the Sun


All the Right MovesConservatives get tech-savvy–and hip
by Ben Adler, from Columbia Journalism Review

Digital Dissent Without a TraceHow to evade Internet censors and spies
by David Talbot, from Technology Review

Education in HidingMinsk‘s underground university
by Anna Nemtsova, from Chronicle of Higher Education

Not Your Boss’s PowerPointThese 400-second slide shows are all about creativity
by Lia Grainger, from This Magazine


The Body SnatchersBangkok‘s Buddhist rescue workers battle for karma
by Brent Lewin, from Maisonneuve

Obscene AstronomyIn praise of street-smart stargazing and four-letter revelations
byDoug Reilly, from Geneva13

Blessed Barbecue, Mutton Be Thy NameWhen the chef sweats, the salty smoke is all the sweeter
by Edward Lee, from Theme

The Body DividedOne woman’s life with cerebral palsy
by Ona Gritz, from the Bellingham Review

Chop Chop SquareWhere capital punishment is a public spectacle
by Adam St. Patrick, from the Walrus


The Raw and the CookedSushi with a conscience
by John Birdsall, from Edible San Francisco

Want to Heal? Tell Your Story.The power of narrative medicine
interview by Lorrie Klosterman, from Chronogram

Enough with the Cool TotesWhy that cute canvas bag won’t save the planet
by Dmitri Siegel, from Creative Review


An American Song CatcherFor field recorder Art Rosenbaum, a front stoop is the ideal studio space
by Keith Goetzman

Minstrels for the MobItaly‘s Neapolitan neomelodic singers break hearts, not balls
by Tim Small, from Vice

Plus: Music, film, and book reviews


Editor’s NoteGeneration Misunderstood
by David Schimke

Shelf LifeThe Bitch Is Back
by Danielle Maestretti

Forward25 Years and Dreaming
by Eric Utne

Dispatches from:

The New RepublicTechnology ReviewThe EcologistAlternatives JournalBoston Review, Christian Science Monitor, ContextsMakeConservationGood, Terrain, GoverningExtra!Washington MonthlyAudubonPsychotherapy NetworkerCreative ReviewQuill & Quire

In-depth coverage of eye-opening issues that affect your life.