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September/October 2011




read article Speed Freaks

by Ginger Strand

Stalking the car of the future among the Budweiser-fueled crowds at Speed Week.
Audio extra: interview with Ginger Strand.

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read article Nature and Nurture

Photographs and text by Rachel Barrett

Two communities, separated by gender and geography, leave differing imprints on the land.
With an audio slide show.

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read article Evolve

by Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus

Turning away from technology ignores thousands of years of evolution between humans and nature.

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read article The Schools We Need

by Erik Reece

No democracy can thrive when its public education system is in ruins.

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Ephemera Preserved

Artwork by Mayme Kratz

Portfolio: An artist seeking insight in detritus unveils the beauty in cycles and change.



by Edith Pearlman

Insects fascinated her, but her quest to become one interfered with her homework. A short story.


The Creature Beyond the Mountains

by Brian Doyle

The sturgeon, an ancient, bony bottom feeder, is both a relic and an exercise in wonder.



Each Other—Where We Are

read article Household Tips from Warrior Mom!

by Sandra Steingraber

On the human tendency to belittle big problems by asking petty questions.

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Outside In

The Exile of the Arts

by Jay Griffiths

It is wrongheaded and soul-crushing to ask art to justify itself in economic terms.


Upping the Stakes

read article Imagine

by Derrick Jensen

The first step to living differently is accepting that it can be done.

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Lay of the Land


From the Editors

read article From the Editors

Ten years after 9/11...

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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: Lucinda Faulkner Merritt, on Rum Island, Florida; Steve Edwards on Lincoln, Nebraska; and Candy Meacham, on Taft, California.


Useless Bay

by Blair Braverman

"Useless Bay, Washington—ten minutes across by motorboat, and so shallow that when the tide sweeps low…


go to review Oil on Water, by Helon Habila
go to review The Nature Principle, by Richard Louv
go to review The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary, by Andrew Westoll
go to review The Magnetic North: Notes from the Arctic Circle, by Sara Wheeler
go to review Radial Symmetry, by Katherine Lawson
go to review The Day After Tomorrow, by J Henry Fair


go to poem A Great Divide, by C. J. Sage audio file available
go to poem Wild Onion, by Janice N. Harrington audio file available
go to poem Gather, by Rose McLarney
go to poem Dream of the Milking-Cow, by Joseph Spece