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March/April 2010




read article Cloudy Is the Stuff of Stones

by Anthony Doerr

Looking into the eyes of pebbles, in search of some immutable truth.

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read article The Curse of Bigness

by Christopher Ketcham

A dark journey into the corrosive and counterintuitive ideology of "too big to fail."

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read article Get a (Second) Life

by Mac McClelland

Tens of thousands of people are living in another world. Should you, too?

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read article Return to the Center of the World

Photographs and Text by Carolyn Drake

A cautionary tale, inscribed in and along two of Central Asia's most storied rivers. Website exclusive: audio slide show, narrated by the photographer.

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Cloudy Is the Stuff of Stones

by Anthony Doerr

Looking into the eyes of pebbles, in search of some immutable truth.


Heart of a Bear

by Benjamin Percy

When our protagonist awakes from hibernation and tries to gain acceptance from a suburban family, things go horribly awry.
AUDIO of the author reading this short story is available here.


Falling Trees

Photographs and text by David Paul Bayles

Photo portfolio: A visual meditation on the moment when timber becomes lumber.


Antarctic Genuflection

Text and photographs by Jason Anthony

The mesmerizing emptiness of a world with (almost) no animals.



Small Change

read article The Only Way to Have a Cow

by Bill McKibben

What a new meat ethic could mean for the atmosphere.
Will be published on the website April 1.

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Upping the Stakes

read article Resistance Resisters

by Derrick Jensen

A note to those who still believe that change will come without a fight.

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Lay of the Land


From the Editors

read article From the Editors

For Orion, nature and environment are a context...

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Sacred & Mundane

Sacred & Mundane

In this regular department, some short takes: "Tracking Trash," by Ginger Strand "What Makes a Pet a Pet," by Kurt Caswell "Afterbirth, It's What's for Dinner," by Lou Bendrick "Stalking the Urban Nettle," by Rebecca Lerner

Media & The Arts

The Forbidden Link

by David Rothenberg

An exhibition chronicles Charles Darwin's effect on the messy zone where science and art overlap.


A Prayer for Charlie

by Brian Doyle


go to review About a Mountain, by John D'Agata
go to review The Widow and the Tree, by Sonny Brewer
go to review Reckoning at Eagle Creek, by Jeff Biggers
go to review When Things Get Dark, by Matthew Davis
go to review The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi
go to review Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty, by Tony Hoagland


go to poem Jugarum, by Cecily Parks
go to poem A Book Said Dream and I Do, by Barbara Ras
"Your two cats squat, heraldic sphinxes", by Derek Walcott