Table of Contents: March-April 2011

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March-April 2011


Losing It
We have to start talking about America’s mental health crisis
by David Schimke

Straddling a Fault Line
Nothing to fear but fear itself? For a schizophrenic, that’s plenty.
by Inez Holger, from Bellevue Literary Review

A Brother Lost
Jay traded his parents’ home for the streets. His sister can’t save him without
losing herself.

by Ashley Womble, from Salon

To an Aesthete Dying Young (In Memoriam T. R. K.)
A National Book Award-winner pays tribute to a Yale roommate
by Andrew Solomon, from Yale Alumni Magazine

In Search of the Insanity Virus
New research questions whether viral infections during infancy could cause schizophrenia
by Keith Goetzman

Fire the Rich
What you can do about the economy that greed destroyed
by David Macaray, from CounterPunch

City of Ruins
Walt Whitman’s hometown is a Dickensian nightmare–and a warning for the rest of America
by Chris Hedges, from The Nation

The Violence of Poverty
Joe Sacco’s illustrations force viewers to confront economic disaster.
Illustrations by Joe Sacco

Blessed Aphrodisiac, Murderous Curse
A priceless folk medicine promises lifelong virility–and tears apart a town in the high Himalayas
by Jamie James, from New Internationalist

Fish with the King
As Gulf fishermen are forced to work for the oil company that destroyed their livelihoods, who will train Louisiana’s next generation to fish?
by J. Malcolm Garcia, from Guernica


Can You Hear Us Now?
Why technology is Africa’s latest, greatest poverty fighter by Frank Bures, from World Ark

On Thin Ice
Global warming and the (black) gold rush in the Arctic by Ethan Trex, from Mental Floss


Library Haunting
In defense of one of our great public institutions by Susan Olding, from The New Quarterly

The Burning Present
Our toxic desire for the natural world by Rick Bass, from Tricycle

Three Fat Pigs in the Middle of the Road
Living the good life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be by Laurie Block, from Prairie Fire


Lonely Together
Acknowledging social isolation is the first step toward meaningful community by Lydialyle Gibson, from University of Chicago Magazine

Life, Off the Leash
Walking his dog, a man learns to love the simple pleasures by John Zeaman, from Bark

Institutional Food with Taste
A Wisconsin hospital serves up healthy meals by Marc Eisen, from The Progressive

One Dollar at a Time
Debtors Anonymous preaches the 12 steps to credit card junkies by Joseph Hart


The Art of the Police Report
With “just the facts” one cop tells a great story by Ellen Collett, from The Writer’s Chronicle

Children of the King
A zine for children of Elvis impersonators by Kelly Anderson, from Broken Pencil

Polygamy as Potboiler
A new fiction category peels back the curtains at the compound by Katie Haegele, from Bitch

It Ain’t Him, Babe: A review of Knockin’ on Bob’s Door by the Persuasions
A One-Woman Chorus: A review of The Magic Place by Julianna Barwick
Together at Last: A review of Afrocubism by various artists

Tuscan Truth Quest: A review of Certified Copy
We’re All in This Together: A review of I Am
All of Nothing: A review of Countdown to Zero

Songs Without Words: A review of Six Novels in Woodcuts by Lynd Ward, edited by Art Spiegelman
Safari Baggage: A review of Kingdom Under Glass by Jay Kirk
Born into Trouble: A review of The Day Nina Simone Stopped Singing by Darina Al-Joundi with Mohammed Kacimi

Editor’s Note
by David Schimke

by Eric Utne

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