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Selections from the February issue
February 2010 issue

Dean Baker On The Price We’re Still Paying For The Housing Bubble

“Markets are a useful tool. Raving against them is like raving against the wheel: you can either do bad things with the wheel, or you can do great things with the wheel. The point is not to get rid of the market; the point is to structure the market in a way that benefits society as a whole.”
Interview by Anna Blackshaw

Go Fly A Kite
Yearning for a life of plenty
Essay by Frances Lefkowitz

A parent’s car, a friend’s maternity clothes, a stranger’s boyfriend
Personal stories by our readers

Plus: Poetry by Brian Doyle, Sy Safransky’s Notebook, and Sunbeams

Favorite from the archives
January 2004 issue

Essay by Michelle Cacho-Negrete [January 2004]

“The heat that summer was a living thing that tangled around you, tripping you, slowing you to a crawl. New York City was draped in an impressionist haze. It was 1957. I was thirteen and had my first job, stapling tags onto winter clothes in the warehouse of a department store. Previous summers, my brother and I had roamed the streets, drenching ourselves in open fire hydrants, reveling in the water like puppies. We’d sneaked into the air-conditioned movie theater. We’d sucked ice cubes till our lips were blue and trembling.”


Senior Editor Andrew Snee recommends this essay. He writes: “Some of us learn at too young an age how inhumane humans can be, and how powerless we sometimes are to prevent cruelty. Michelle Cacho-Negrete writes memorably and vividly about this, and also about being a teenage girl in the 1950s, about New York City’s tenements and sweatshops, about summer, about the heat.”

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Utne Reader features an excerpt from Leslee Goodman’s interview with James Howard Kunstler [“The Decline and Fall of the Suburban Empire,” October 2009] as part of a series on “rethinking the economy and how to prosper in the wake of the recession.”

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A yoga teacher in Anchorage, Alaska, reads a selection from Sy Safransky’s Notebook [March 2007] on Hold This Thought, a daily Alaska Public Radio program featuring one-minute thoughts “designed to change the world.”

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Most-read on our website
  1. Why Schools Don't Educate
    Essay by John Taylor Gatto
    (June 1990)
  2. The Good Earth?
    Sandra Steingraber On How We've Made The Environment Dangerous To Our Health

    Interview by David Kupfer
    (January 2010)
  3. Narrow Escapes
    Readers Write
    (January 2010)
  4. Eighteen Attempts At Writing About A Miscarriage
    Essay by Alice Bradley
    (December 2009)
  5. Saving The Indigenous Soul:
    An Interview With Martín Prechtel

    Interview by Derrick Jensen
    (April 2001)
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