From the Stacks: August 31, 2007

| August, 2007

From the Stacks: August 31, 2007
By Staff,

Utne Reader's library is abuzz with a steady flow of 1,500 magazines, newsletters, journals, weeklies, zines, and other lively dispatches from the cultural front that are rarely found at big-box bookstores, newsstands, or even online. So we share the highlights (and occasional lowlights) of what's landing in our library each week in 'From the Stacks.' Check in every Friday for the latest edition.

The September/October issue of Technology Review, published by MIT, features the magazine?s annual list of ?35 Innovators Under 35.? The brainy twenty- and thirtysomethings who ranked are doing groundbreaking work in medicine, biotechnology, energy, and software. You may recognize Tapan Parikh, the 33-year-old doctoral student who's working to bring mobile technology to developing countries, and Mark Zuckerberg, the 23-year-old CEO of the social networking site Facebook. Also in the issue, Tufts University philosophy professor Daniel Dennett examines the famous 1997 chess match where Garry Kasparov lost to the IBM computer 'Deep Blue.' The machine's victory over one of the world's greatest chess minds forced people to reconsider what it means to be human. Dennett revisits the issue a decade later to find that the differences between the 'silicone machines' that run computers and the 'protein machines' that run people aren't as big as people think. -- Eric Kelsey

The inaugural issue of the outdoor magazine Wasatch Journal is all about Utah. The magazine highlights local comings and goings, from Utah's old-timey music community to the giant rooftop garden of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' conference center. Author Melissa Bond profiles the Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run, a grueling but popular 'ultramarathon' that runs contestants through Utah's Wasatch Mountains. Bond discovers that many of the participants have taken to extreme running as a way to deal with personal troubles. On the more artistic side, the magazine features debut fiction from Joe Totten, poems by Garrett Alberico and Maria Melendez, and an essay by O. Henry Award-winning author Rick Bass. -- Eric Kelsey

The charming and upbeat New Moon devotes its pages to lively stories, poetry, art, and opinion pieces by girls ages 8-14. The September/October 'Great Debate' issue tackles important topics including the influence of Barbie on body image and the pros and cons of prisons. And Georgia Jacobson shares a short interview with playwright Carolyn Gage, author of a controversial play dealing with girls and homophobia. -- Julie Dolan
Coltan turns rivers to mud, encourages people to kill endangered species for food, and funds devastating wars. No, the insidious coltan is not some intergalactic super-villain, but rather a rare ore used to make everything from cell phones to laptop computers. According to an article in the Summer-Fall issue of Bear Deluxe, the escalating demand for coltan continues to fuel the ongoing conflict in the Congo that has killed some 4 million people since the mid-1990s. The Portland-based magazine is a hip look into the creative arts and the environment. Other highlights in the latest issue include a profile of wetland rehabilitation efforts in the Gulf Coast and a comic about tree-dwelling octopuses. -- Brendan Mackie

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