Cover art: "Untitled #132," 2005. Photograph by Simen Johan, courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York.
Income inequality is stunting cultural evolution and eroding the prospects for the future of humanity. So where is the outrage?
In the conflict-torn desert around Israel, water does not necessarily flow downhill.
Web extra: audio slide show.
When you gaze into the eye of a giant octopus, don't underestimate what's going on inside that big, squishy head.
What to make of a nation that pardons turkeys while putting lots of other innocent beings in its crosshairs?
Web extra: audio of the author reading this essay.
Fiction: The urge to start over is a universal story, but how we approach the challenge is a matter of character.
The urge to control the weather with outdated weaponry becomes a job-creation program in China.
Portfolio: An homage to nearby nature in downtown Los Angeles.
A poet finds home in the Ozarks and discovers the folk artist within.
This article is not available on the web, but please enjoy this audio interview with the author.
We are living through a giant turning of the tide, away from the brittle and toward the resilient.
Believing what you want to believe doesn't make it true.
Gratitude and despair...
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: Linda M. Hasselstrom, on Hermosa, South Dakota; Colin Williams, on The Wash, East Anglia, United Kingdom; Beth Surdut, on Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Rebecca Durham Whithed, on The Bitterroot Valley, Montana.
Contemplating flowers that neither smell nor sway in the wind.
"Byword for boredom, grist in the mill of the old and dull, weather is the great unmentionable of good conversation..."