Weekend Reading from Utne Daily


Here are ten of our favorite posts from the past week at Utne Daily. Have a fine weekend.

How to Build Your Own Nation! 
What reasonable person wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to build a small island nation all their own? Good news: Modern land-moving technology makes it easier than ever.

The Terrifying Geography of Jobs Lost 
Humbling. Terrifying. Numbing. There is no other way to describe this animated "Geography of Jobs" map, which tracks job loss and job gain beginning with 2004.

Eight Misperceptions About Contemporary Art 
Misperceptions about contemporary art keep audiences from effectively engaging it," writes Paddy Johson, who has constructed a list intended to empower the gallery-goer.

Punk Rock Activities for Grown-Ups 
Draw tattoos on Henry Rollins, play punked-out word games, and color this picture of Iggy Pop! It’s all in Aye Jay’s new Punk Rock Fun Time Activity Book.

Being Good: It’s Harder Than You Think 
Let’s go out on a limb, but not too far, and assume that most people want to behave ethically. Bringing those intentions to fruition is more difficult than you might anticipate.

A Drug to Weaken PTSD 
It seems like “science fiction,” one psychologist concedes—but taking a blood pressure drug after writing about a traumatic experience seems to alleviate the emotional distress associated with the memory.

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