Table of Contents: May-June 2012

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May-June 2012

Save Me
An outsider in Mormon country makes peace–grudgingly–with the prostelytizers by Jennifer Sinor, from The American Scholar

Flock Off
Mormons who have left the fold find strength in numbers by Greg Wilcox, from Salt Lake City Weekly

Love is complicated for a committed Mormon by Deja Earley, from Ruminate

Doctors Who Care
What mainstream medicine can learn from holistic healers by David H. Freedman, fromThe Atlantic

Government Is Good For You
It’s a message we won’t hear often enough this election season by Michael Tomasky, from Democracy

The Big Assist
Climate change-related disasters will make you love government by Christian Parenti, from

The Handout That Feeds
Food stamps are one part of the safety net that works by Lizzy Ratner, from The Nation

Wall Street’s Sad Song
Big bankers are finally feeling the pain–if you can call it that by Gabriel Sherman, from New York


No More Thinking
Washington think tanks churn out spin by Tevi Troy, from National Affairs

Wireless Interference
Do electronic gadgets mess with our brains? by Christopher Ketcham, from Earth Island Journal

The Death of Honesty
Truth is getting harder to find by William Damon, from Endangered Virtues


I, Turbo
An eccentric penguin charms the scientists sent to study him by Eric Wagner, from Orion

The White-Knuckled Neatnik
A child of hoarders learns how to deal with stuff by Wendy Fontaine, from Brain, Child

Rules of Reengagement
Navigating the working life after unemployment by Patrick Coleman, from The Morning News


Speak No Evil, Tweet No Evil
A sarcastic scribe bites his tongue for a month. by Michael A. Stusser, from Shambhala Sun

How Doctors Die
Knowing medicine’s limits, they tend to go gently. by Ken Murrary, from Zocalo Public Square

Isolate Yourself
Sensory-deprivation tanks clear the mind by Matt Stangel, from the Portland Mercury


A Tart in Gildy Clobbers
London’s lost gay language, Polari by Michael Schulman, from The Believer

Classic Lowriders: Low, Slow, and Soulful
The soundtrack to Chicano lowrider culture by Allen Thayer, from Wax Poetics

Love Summit: a review of The Loneliest Planet
Public Housing’s Bad Rap: a review of The Pruitt-Igoe Myth
Activism Gone Awry: a review of Better This World

Jazz in the Blood: a review of Colombe by The David Reinhardt Trio
Life at Turtle Speed: a review of Stars and Satellites by Trampled By Turtles
Southern Rebelle: a review of La Bala by Ana Tijoux

Slow Medicine: a review of God’s Hotel by Victoria Sweet
The Artful Lie: a review of Lifespan of a Fact by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal
Friend of the Giants: a review of The Man Who Planted Trees by Jim Robbins

Editor’s Note
by Christian Williams

by Eric Utne

Dispatches from:
Dissent (Freelancers of the World, Unite!)
Animal Welfare Rights Institute (Snakeskin Style)
Scientific American (Colon Cure)
Bust (Breast Friend)
Mother Jones (Eurogenics)
Miller-McCune (now Pacific Standard) (The Debate Advantage)
E Magazine (Down on Their Cluck)
Treehugger (Tiny Soap, Big Idea)
Good (Get With The Programming)
Yes! Magazine (The Bicycle School Bus)
Public Art Review (Signs of Struggle)
Treehugger (Deep Green Cuts

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