Table of Contents: July-August 2005

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July-August 2005

The Cable Guy
Comedian Bill Maher riffs on stand-up, terrorism, and turning 50
interview by Anjula Razdan 

Out of Sight
“Over there” is a tricky concept for a man who is losing his vision
by Ryan Knighton, from Saturday Night

Turn Up the Quiet

Turn Up the Quiet
One guy goes on a quest for sonic bliss and a good night’s sleep
by David Schimke 

Pump Up the Volume
What does a bird have to do to meet a mate these days?

from Earthfirst!

Hell Is Other iPods
The iPod is revolutionizing personalized media–and fostering digital loneliness
by Caspar Melville, from New Humanist

The Father of Acoustic Ecology
R. Murray Schafer talks about improving our soundscape
interview by Anjula Razdan 

The Music Listener
One woman discovers the song of the turning world
by Lesley Garner, from Caduceus

Music to Our Ears
The Utne staff chimes in on their favorite sounds

The Road We’ve Taken
In a land with no speed limit on economic growth, how do we hit the brakes?
by Michael D. Yates, from Monthly Review

Breaking Up with Smitty
Why do we hang on to friends we know aren’t good for us?
by Andi Zeisler, from Secrets & Confidences

Knowledge for Sale
Are America’s public libraries on the verge of losing their way?
by Chris Dodge 

The New Monastic Librarians
Meet some people dedicated to preserving the fringes of culture
by Chris Dodge 

A River Runs Through It
A new helical turbine should help speed the demolition of dams
by Alyssa Ford 

China’s Other Wall
While China opens new doors to the world, its government continues to censor the media
by Jehangir S. Pocha 

Cut, Curl, and Counsel
Victims of domestic abuse find safe haven at their favorite salon
by Ellen Perlman, from Governing

A Circle of Tough Love
A Mennonite organization launches a successful program to help sex offenders
by Julia Morgan, from Saturday Night

The Digital Revolution
Digital movie distribution is coming soon to a theater near you
by James Diers 

Latin America’s Al Jazeera
Will Venezuela’s new state-sponsored TV station speak for the masses?
by Laine Bergeson 

House Concert Craze
The future of live entertainment is in your living room
by Julie Simmons, from Harp Magazine

Sneeze-Free, Naturally
Ayurvedic remedies can stave off the sniffles
by Niika Quistgard-Devivo, from Yoga Journal

Focus: Green Transportation
Reclaiming the Road
Meet the Midwest’s cartooning bike activists
by Leif Utne 

Fly the Guilt-Free Skies
Discover ways to ease the environmental impact of travel
by Jeff Greenwald, from Onearth

Green Your Ride
Is it time to cut down at the pump?
by Erik Vance, from AMC Outdoors

The Good Ship
New impellers could help green the shipping industry
by Chuck Terhark 

Now & Then
One woman considers the differences between the present and the past
by Genie Zeiger, from The Sun

The Hemingway Challenge
Twenty-five writers scale back–waaay back–and pen six-word novels
from Blackbook

The Fictional Pharmaceuticals of Philip K. Dick
These sci-fi drugs are still make believe–for now
by Alice Kim, from The Believer

Author, Author
One man argues that writing should stay private–and never involve author photos
by Mark Greif, from n + 1

After the Ceremony
A feast is delayed by a long, long prayer
by Vic Glover, from Keeping Heart on Pine Ridge

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