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May/June 2012




read article False Idyll

by J.B. MacKinnon

You can only romanticize nature for so long before something gets bludgeoned or eaten.
Web extra: the author reads this article aloud.

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read article America the Possible: A Manifesto, Part II

by James Gustave Speth

A more hopeful future lies ahead for America, if we have the determination and the will to build it.

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At Home

by Wendell Berry

Fiction: Blessed is the life lived at a pace that is in sync iwth the land on which it is lived.


Rule of the Phoenix

by Craig Childs

Civilizations may come and go but humanity marches on. Or at least that's been the case heretofore.


Lexicon of Sustainability

Photographs and text by Douglas Gayeton

Picture Essay: A visual guide to the ideas and faces behind the new food movement.
Web extra: audio slide show.


Edibles Up Close

Photographs by Caren Alpert

To see the world in a stalk of broccoli, one needs imagination and magnification.


Chop City

by LuLing Osofsky

Looking for adventure in Alaska can lead you to some bleak and unpleasant places.



Each Other—Where We Are

read article Sand County, the Sequel

by Sandra Steingraber

In which the land ethic gets turned on its head.

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The Wastelander

read article Manifest Destiny

by Luis Alberto Urrea

Migration is noble, whether it goes with or against the grain of the dominant culture.
Web audio extra: the author reads this column aloud.

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Upping the Stakes

Democracy of Destruction

by Derrick Jensen

What if the majority of us simply don't care about a livable future?

Lay of the Land


From the Editors

From the Editors

"...It's time we fought for our ideals from the ground up, to bend the arc of history away from the hateful and untenable to the hopeful and sustainable...."

The Place Where You Live

read article The Place Where You Live

by our readers

In this issue: Priscilla Kinter on Hexenkopf Hill, Pennsylvania; Lisa Hupp on Kodiak, Alaska; Bob Gray on Housatonic, Massachusetts; and Zoe Allen's photograph of Jamestown, New York.


Media & The Arts

Stay Awake, for the End Is Near

by Bill Roorbach

Caught in the spell of a Moby-Dick marathon, the author becomes unable to distinguish life from fiction.


The Drop

by Leath Tonino

"Mike and I are sitting at the edge of an anonymous prow jutting out from the Grand Canyon's North Rim, seventy miles beyond the nearest town...."


Coral Road: Poems, by Garrett Hongo
Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle, by Thor Hanson
When Women Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice, by Terry Tempest Williams
The Great Aridness: Climate Change and the Future of the American Southwest, by William deBuys
Suburbia Mexicana: Photographs, by Alejandro Cartagena
Survival of the Beautiful: Art, Science, and Evolution, by David Rothenberg


go to poem The Garden, by Michael Hettich
Life Story, by Mary Oliver
go to poem Tallahatchie, by Susan B. A. Somers-Willett
go to poem Prairie, Under Full Moon, by Eva Hooker