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May-June 2011


Enough About You: Meet the Me, Me, Me Generation

Enough About You
A pioneering social critic’s prophetic take on the narcissism pandemic
by Christopher Lasch, from The Culture of Narcissism

Self-Love for Sale
You know you can do it. So just do it!
by David Sirota, from Back to Our Future

The Other Shoes Don’t Fit
What happens when narcissists grow up and have kids? You won’t empathize. 
by Staff, from Psychotherapy Networker

The Narcissism Myth
A millennial sticks up for her generation, because that’s what they would want 
by Claire Gordon, from The Huffington Post

Narcissus Regards a Novel
Today’s books succeed when the reader is entertained–and affirmed
by Mark Edmundson, from The Chronicle of Higher Education


Southern Discomfort

Fighting an HIV/AIDS epidemic that’s raging across the southern United States
by Carl Gaines, from POZ


Old Man Lying by the Side of the Stage

An aging rock fan sticks around for the encore
by Lad Tobin, from New Orleans Review


We the People

The far right has stolen the Constitution. It is ours to take back.
by Garrett Epps, from The Nation



Hope at Low Tide

An ecologist walking on the beach wonders, worries, and dreams of a better future
by Carl Safina, from The View from Lazy Point

When the Truth Hurts
How to have an honest conversation about the future without losing hope
by Robert Jensen, from Yes!


Utne Independent Press Awards

The 64 nominees for 2011



Talking Trash to Power
The case for a presidential court jester. Seriously. by Jake Page, from Notre Dame Magazine

Gullible Travels
Poverty tours give new meaning to “slumming it” by Bethe Dufresne, from Commonweal

Help Wanted
A call to action from an independent by Senator Bernie Sanders, from In These Times



The Karma Bum
Playing Frogger with the king of the Beats by Tyler Stoddard Smith, from The Morning News

Services Pending
Staring down death at the obit desk by Susan McCarty, from The Iowa Review

Divine Business
An old-school dowser plies his trade by Sam Western, from High Country News

The Hawk
A homeless man regains his balance along the sidelines by Brian Doyle, from The Sun



The Healthy Human Gets the Worm
Scientists enlist parasites to combat disease by Nathan Seppa, from Science News

Home Sweet Tiny Home
The small-house movement is picking up speed by Margret Aldrich

Where Silence Is Sacred
Even without religion, chapels are emergency rooms for the soul by Pico Iyer, from Portland



Jelly Roll’s Storyville
The interview that forever changed the way Alan Lomax interviewed musicians by Marybeth Hamilton, from A New Literary History of America

Art for the Fun of It
A museum rethinks the commons by Adam Regn Arvidson, from Landscape Architecture

Action-Packed Poetry
A lover of verse indulges his vice while waiting for his wife by Daniel Handler, from Poetry

Divine Inspiration: A review of Alela Diane and Wild Divine by Alela Diane
Second Wind: A review of New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges by Colin Stetson
Bedroom Genius: A review of Banjo or Freakout by Banjo or Freakout 

Democracy, Dynasty, and Death: A review of Bhutto
Cold Silence: A review of How I Ended This Summer
For Adults Only: A review of Tuesday, After Christmas

An Antidote to Doom: A review of Beautiful and Abundant by Bryan Welch
Better Birth Days: A review of Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta by Ina May Gaskin
Summer Surround Sound: A review of Cricket Radio: Tuning in the Night-Singing Insects by John Himmelman

Editor’s Note
by David Schimke

by Eric Utne

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