Soul in the City

Finding and Protecting the Soul of Your Hometown


| January/February 2001 Issue


January-February 2001
Cover Section
HOLLOW CITY | By Rebecca Solnit
Run for your lives! The dot-coms are coming! As computer money flows into San Francisco, the quirkiness and creativity drain out.

SOUL SEARCHING | By Pythia Peay
Does your hometown have a soul? If you can define the character of your town, maybe you can keep it intact.

ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH VITAMIN T? | By Nicholas Albery
Are you getting the required daily level of tribalism in your life? Take this quiz and find out.

THE MOST UNDERRATED TOWNS IN AMERICA | By Peter Katz
Ten great American cities, once dismissed as bad news, that deserve another look.
Features
A DEATH IN TEXAS | By Steve Earle, Tikkun
Jonathan Nobles’ story illustrates the tragedy of state-sponsored execution.

STEVE EARLE'S DUKES | By Jay Walljasper
A portrait of the singer and death penalty foe as a man in motion.

THE NATURE CHANNEL | By John David Ebert
Does nature have a memory? An interview with radical biologist Rupert Sheldrake.

CHILDLESS . . . WITH CHILDREN | By Andy Steiner
Thanks to co-parenting, people who don’t want kids of their own can still have kids in their lives.

ME AND MISS J | By Stephen Osborne, Geist
A "grandfather by association" learns about life, toddler-style.

MOTHERHOOD LITE | By Tiffany Lee Brown, Bust
Why have kids when you can be a Wacky Auntie?

A KID ON THE SIDE | by Georgiana Arnold and Princess Jackson-Smith
Non-moms on the pleasures of part-time parenting.

THE WINNERS!
Mother Jones, Punk Planet, The Hightower Lowdown, and others.
New Planet
OUT EARLY By Andy Steiner
A new sexual revolution is emerging, and its leaders are still in junior high.

MAVERICK: GREG GISVOLD By David Brauer
With Kosovo’s legal system in tatters, one American lawyer sets out to help rebuild the courts from the ground up.

BACK TO WORK By Peter Katel
Local labor councils are waking up just in time to launch a new union cities movement.

GOOD VIBRATIONS By Tinker Ready
The AMA will have a fit, but some alternative healers suggest "molecular vibration" may be the key to curing arthritis, allergies, and other ailments.

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ART By Karen Olson
A brisk trade in pre-Columbian artifacts is causing a lot of very old Peruvians to roll over in their graves.

20,000 DECIBELS UNDER THE SEA By Leora Broydo
The Navy’s new sonar surveillance system may kill thousands of whales and dolphins.

THE SCALE OF SCHOOLS By Helen Cordes
Small is beautiful when it comes to education—kids in schools of 300-600 just do better.

DISPATCHES: O BIONEERS! By Karen Olson
Report from a gathering of eco-innovators.
Gleanings
PASSING FANCY By Adam Goodheart, Civilization
In Italy, they dismiss it as "sweeping the floor," but the evening stroll is an art form—and a way of life.

MANUAL DRIVE by Dinty W. Moore, Arts & Letters
Kept still for too long, our hands long for a return to real work.

IT DON’T MEAN A THING by Paul Auster, Granta
Curious cases of coincidence.

JOY OF FLYING by Chris Colin, Salon.com
Sex is a trip.

Talking Stick: Molly Ivins, Sister Wendy, Julia Cameron
Practical Seeker
THE WONDER OF MEANDER By Naomi Shihab Nye, Organica
How one Texas family turned a weekend jaunt into a journey of discovery.

THE WAY OF FLOWERS By Joan Stamm, Tricycle
What you can learn about life from ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging.

A CASE-BY-CASE REVOLUTION By Craig Cox
Cut your grocery bill—and start a revolution—with a buying club.
Mixed Media
THE 20TH CENTURY'S GREATEST HITS
Our picks for the cultural high points of the past 100 years. What are yours?

MOTOWN VITRUOSO by Keith Goetzman
Violin whiz Regina Carter plays jazz with a new twist.

PLAYLIST
Arhoolie Records, South African Gospel, Sun Ra, and more.

CHAIN LETTER QUEEN By Andy Steiner
Miranda July connects grrl filmmakers through the mail.

THE UTNE WEEDER
Our staff’s selection of good reads.

MEDIA DIET: TOM TOMORROW By Nicole Duclos
Sparky’s creator on the state of media today.


City photograph on cover by David McGlynn