Remember Fun?

Rediscovering the lost secrets of play

| March/April 2001

March April-2001

Cover Section
THE GAME OF LIFE | By Mark Harris, Conscious Choice
Forget stress-reduction workshops and biofeedback. Take a moment to observe children-the true masters of play. You'll be amazed by what they can teach you.

PLAYERS | By Andy Steiner
Ishmael Reed, Debbie Stoller, Paul Krassner, Thomas Frank, Ira Glass, Barbara Ehrenreich: Six creative people tell us how they make time for fun.

RUNNING SCARED | By Craig Cox
Look both ways! Buckle your seat belt! Kids these days are under increasing pressure do the right (read: safest) thing. Are our worries wiping out the fun?

THE MIRACLE OF MEDIOCRITY | By Jon Spayde
One couple discovers that nothing frees the mind like a good night of bad art.

Features

SMALL THINGS AND BIG ISSUES | By Paul Kingsnorth, The Ecologist
Acclaimed Indian novelist Arundhati Roy turns her attention to ecological issues. Her focus? The devastating effect of the Sardar Sarovar dam.

LIFE AFTER OIL | By Jeremiah Creedon
No matter how much oil is left in the ground, it's going to be less than we need. What will happen when we realize the glass is more than half empty?
Plus: BILL FORD HAS A BETTER IDEA; THE RAIL REVIVAL; CAR-SHARING IN PORTLAND; and MOTORLESS IN MONTREAL.

EXHIBITION DENIED | By Karen Olson
By sharing his rare collection of Palestinian poster art, archivist Dan Walsh hoped to promote peace and understanding in the Middle East. Instead, he ended up raising controversy.

THE LAST BOOK | By D.T. Max, The American Scholar
Cyber-gizmo gurus say that in the next 20 years, they'll put the world's libraries in your pocket, but what will happen to our culture when they do?

CONFESSIONS OF A BIBLIOPHILE | By Bill Holm A View From the Loft Poet Bill Holm has a houseful of books, and you can bet there's more on the way.
Plus: WILL USED BOOKSHOPS BECOME RARE EDITIONS?

New Planet

OUT OF THE WILDERNESS By Sue Fishkoff, Moment
Maybe it's all those bagels: In the American heartland, more and more Christians are converting to Judaism.

TIJUANA ROCKS By Melissa Sattley, The Austin Chronicle
Techno meets the accordian-the Nortec aesthetic flourishes south of the border.

IT'S ABOUT TIME By Andy Steiner
With time banks, the ancient custom of barter enters the 21st century.

GARDEN IN THE SKY By Claudia Lenart, Conscious Choice
Where have all the flowers gone? In Chicago, they're up on the roof.

ZEN THERAPY By Jon Spayde
When psychotherapists mix yin with Jung, are they putting their clients at risk?

A CUP A DAY By Karen Olson
At long last, rooibos tea makes its way to the United States. Those in the know say it may be good for just about anything that ails you.

DOWN ON THE FARM By Craig Cox
Independent farmers to agricultural monopolies: 'We're mad as hell and we're not gonna take it anymore.'

Plus:Compass points; Carpe Diem; and corporate playland.

Culture Mix

CHRONICLER OF CONSCIOUSNESS By Karen Olson
New Dimensions Radio host Michael Toms sounds off on low-power radio, Thomas Jefferson, universal freedom, and more.

THE A-LIST
The top 14 Luddite films.

STREET LIBRARIAN By Chris Dodge
Introducing a new column by Utne Reader librarian Chris Dodge, a self-described 'Johnny Appleseed' of the alternative press.'

PLAYLIST
John Zorn, Tex-Mex soul sisters.

A FAN'S NOTES: SOUL STIRRERS By Chris Dodge
What do Al Green and Rainer Maria Rilke have in common? A sense of the sublime, says one hard-core fan.

THE UTNE WEEDER
From food to sex, our staff picks the hottest books.

Gleanings

COUNT ON CROWS By Ian Frazier, DoubleTake
Already expert in mergers and acquisitions, all these birds needed was a good PR guy.

DANCE FEVER By Michael P. Branch, Whole Terrain
More than words, movement is our first language, though far too many of us forget how to speak it.

MY ROLE IN THE DOWNFALL OF FERDINAND MARCOS By Robert Brady, Kyoto Journal
How three cute little peppers inspired a revolution.

A KISS BEFORE DYING By Santanu Das, The American Scholar
Brotherly love on the battlefield.

KARMA CARDS By Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Amused.com
Got something to say? These cards will help.

CHEZ MOI By Isabel Huggan, Brick
How to make a home in a foreign land.

TALKING STICK: Bill Maher, Lynda Barry

VIEW FROM LORING PARK By Jay Walljasper

LETTER FROM THE HEARTLAND By Nina Utne
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