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November/December 2010




read article There Are Things Awry Here

by Lia Purpura

In which the author attempts to access narratives of place that have been overwritten by strip malls.
Also available: audio extra of the author reading this article.

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read article Relocating Newtok

by Mark Dowie Photographs by Brian Adams

For a Yup'ik village situated on an eroding coastline, it's move it or lose it.

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read article The Gulf Between Us

by Terry Tempest Williams Photographs by J Henry Fair

Oil spill stories from the Gulf Coast that underscore one thing: this moment belongs to us all.
Accompanied by an audio slide show including extra images, narrated by photographer J Henry Fair.

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World Under Glass

Photographs by Dana Fritz

A candid look at the world's largest indoor landscapes.


Halo of Dust

by Teddy Macker

An interlude of awe, courtesy of Saint Francis of Assisi



Photographs by Sylvia Plachy

Lingering scenes of the Gulf disaster, captured in between press conferences.


Field Books

Art by Hara Woltz; text by Erik Reece

Complicating the boundaries between art and science, image and text.


House of Mirrors

by Andrew Yale

A short story concerning a time when we worked with murderers, tattooing on their skin the intricate shapes of newly extinct species.


Small Change

Testing Poorly

by Bill McKibben

Pop quiz: Is climate change a.) an ideological perspective or b.) a physical fact?


Upping the Stakes

read article Mutual Aid

by Derrick Jensen

Stemming the sixth great extinction, one egg sac at a time.

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Lay of the Land


The Place Where You Live

The Place Where You Live

In this department of the magazine, we offer a space for people to exercise their sixth sense and tell us about their place, their connection to it, its history and future and imaginary life, in words and pictures. It's an ongoing web feature as well. In this issue: Alvida Falke on Oslo, Norway; Elizabeth Enslin on Flora, Oregon; and Frank Gallagher on Bayonne, New Jersey.

Media & The Arts

Hispano Poetics

by Rubén Martínez

Beauty is something we project onto a landscape, though for many it is a judgment of luxury.


Wild Ginger

by Jane Hirshfield

"The journey from ignorance to seeing is made by borrowing others' eyes. ..."


go to review In Motion, by Tony Hiss
go to review The Wilding, by Benjamin Percy
go to review In the Empire of Ice, by Gretel Ehrlich
go to review Family of Fallen Leaves, Edited by Charles Waugh and Huy Lien
go to review World Enough, by Maureen N. McLane
go to review Mariposa Road, by Robert Michael Pyle


go to poem Valediction, by Joseph Spece
go to poem Ode to the Fish, by Ellen Bass
go to poem When the Time's Toxins, by Christian Wiman