An Arrangement Of Skin

By Anna Journey, from Agni

How the act of looking can help beat back the seductive lethargy of death.

The View From Burroughs' House

By Tom King, special to Utne Reader

A caretaker’s view of the William S. Burroughs centenary in Lawrence, Kansas.

Musical Immigrants

By Soli Salgado

Study shows that playing instruments in school ensembles increases sense of community and acceptance among migrant children.

Digital Music Gets Genetic

By Soli Salgado

OK Go attempts to sell its fourth studio album on DNA.


What Makes Beautiful Buildings

By Alison Lurie

Every building's architecture affects human beings differently, but what is at the heart of that affection for beautiful buildings and the disdain for ugly ones is a universal language.

Sad Music Causes Happy Thoughts

By Soli Salgado

A new study reveals uplifting emotional reactions when one listens to slow, sad music.

The Forgotten Perks of Reading Fiction

By Soli Salgado

Allowing yourself to become totally engrossed in literature has many psychological benefits. It’s time to skip skimming and head for immersion.

Finalists for the 2014 National Book Award Announced

By Soli Salgado

Here are the contenders on the short list for the 2014 National Book Award.