Table of Contents: September-October 2011

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September-October 2011


21st Century Sex
Forget the Kinsey Report. A new study exposes the true nature of human desire.
by Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam, from A Billion Wicked Thoughts

X-Rated Ethics
Socially sustainable sex could save the economy, the environment, and our society
by Anna Simpson, fromGreen Futures

Look God, No Hands
Dirty Girls Ministries is on a crusade against the evils of female masturbation
by Blaire Briody, from Bust

Ask Anything, Tell All
Is sex columnist Dan Savage a shock jock, a sagacious ethicist, or both? 
by Benjamin J. Dueholm, from Washington Monthly

Dispatches from the Apocalypse
What natural disasters reveal about our planet and its destiny 
by Junot Díaz, from Boston Review

Higher Education

Degrees of Debt
College kids are borrowing at record levels, often for a second-rate education. And the bubble is about to burst.
by Malcolm Harris, from n+1

The Learning Class
The coming transformation in higher education
by Anya Kamenetz, from DIY U

Demon Days
Exorcism is experiencing a renaissance in American Catholicism. The devil is in the details. 
by Daniel Burke, from U.S. Catholic


Not So Far Out
Reopening minds to the potential of psychedelic drugs by Sam Kornell, from Miller-McCune

Can You See Me Now?
Deaf America–a culture and a choice by Stefany Anne Golberg, from The Smart Set

The High Price of Hunger
Farmers need to make more money to feed the world by Julian Cribb, from The Futurist


It’s a Mad, Mad Marathon
An extreme race tests the limits of self-sufficiency by Leslie Jamison, from The Believer

Pass the Populism
A potluck dinner at the edge of the civilized world by Ana Maria Spagna, from Potluck

My Green Manifesto
An environmentalist begs for a sense of humor by David Gessner, from My Green Manifesto


The Gospel According to . . .
A secular bible provides a spiritual alternative by Matthew Adams, from New Humanist

Toxic Youth
Everyday chemicals poison our children’s minds by Sandra Steingraber, from Raising Elijah

Life at the Buzzer
Few forums showcase age more brutally than sport by Pasha Malla, from Maisonneuve

Trappist Caskets
Monks sustain a forest and forge inner peace by Sarah J. Gardner, from Radish


All the PR That’s Fit to Print
If you thought you were getting your news from a journalist, think again by John Sullivan, from Columbia Journalism Review

The Elements of Press Release Style
A guide to concise obfuscation by Gary Klien, from McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

Peace, Justice, and 9/11: A review of Transforming Terror edited by Karin Lofthus Carrington and Susan Griffin
Bottling Magic: A review of Voodoo Vinters by Katherine Cole
The Ecoterrorist Next Door: A review of Green Is the New Red by Will Porter

From the Garage to the Moon: A review of Always Be Happy, But Stay Evil by Garage a Trois
Winter Ghosts: A review of La Lechuza by Esmerine
Sublime Serenade: A review of Roses At the End of Time by Eliza Gilkyson

Scenes from a Movement: A review of The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
The Making of an Artist: A review of Make
Life in a Northern Town: A review of The Arbor

Editor’s Note
by David Schimke

by Eric Utne

Dispatches from:
Bear Deluxe Magazine (The Green Police)
Urbanite (There’s an App Contest for That)
Miller-McCune (Selling Altruism)
Science News (Pain for Gain)
The Walrus (Safety in Immigrants)
The Futurist (Moon Units)
New Internationalist (The Voices of a Movement)
Scientific American Mind (Skype for the Psyche)
Organic Gardening, American Libraries (Growing Libraries)
The Journal Gazette (Don’t Toss That Stapler) (Look at My Echo)
Governing, Colorado Springs Independent (No Bail)
Herizons (Brothels with Benefits) (Friend Me, Undress Me)
Colossal (A Roll of the Dice)
British Rubbish (Detritus That Delights Us)
Momentum (Naturally Musical)

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