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The Man Between

Walking the streets, looking for inspiration, the way I used to look for love. I never found love that way; what did I expect to find tonight? Something out there? We create our own frontiers — streets in the night, battlefields, strangers’ beds — and off we go, to explore. What a joke: looking for inspiration, while my soul blazes like a star and my thoughts give birth to worlds.

Will An Apple Turnover A Day Keep The Doctor Away?

Al Krebs of the Agribusiness Accountability Project tells a story about a scene from a popular TV show. “A Fernwood, Ohio, housewife is preparing a packed pineapple filling pie for her family. As she pours the rather grotesque contents of a can of pineapple filling into the pie pan her sister Kathy, who is watching the process, wonders aloud where the pineapple is.

Nuclear Energy: Our Faustian Bargain?

The monster that Seabrook was to fuel lined both sides of Route 128 rounding Boston — shopping centers and Holiday Inns and Howard Johnsons and big, grey anonymous industry. And cars, cars all over. Interstate Culture. On the road in America, 1977.

Yanceyville

The Danville Highway (Highway 86) is one of the prettiest roads around, hugging ridges from which you can see for miles, winding down into overgrown bottoms reminiscent of the mountains. Passing through fields and woods, past abandoned stores and schools and old ladies in bright sun bonnets, about 30 miles north of Hillsborough it slips by Yanceyville, the Caswell County seat.

Journal

I recognize hearts, and survive in their joy, behind the tin-panny sound of human voices translating themselves into each other.

Loose Change

Book Review

The early part of Loose Change is a mess. The idea — to follow the lives of three active women from their matriculation at Berkeley in the early sixties to their eventual destination in the seventies — sounds fine, but the author doesn’t quite know where to pick up on the lives, since it does seem that their first eighteen years have some bearing; she has trouble at first organizing her narrative, separating the women, since they were sorority sisters and spent a lot of time together; furthermore, the events she is describing are mostly sophomoric and dull.

Teilhard

Book Review

In this lucid if somewhat topical treatment of the life of Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955), Mary and Ellen Lucas have revealed an old truth: human consciousness is not easily changed but must be challenged by advanced thinkers whose lives are filled with trial, test, and controversy. Chardin was such a thinker, and his theories of evolution, derived from both mysticism and science (he was a paleontologist), brought anger and denunciation from the Catholic Church (of which he was a Jesuit priest). His study of fossils and his belief in the inherent good of all things and the divine destiny of man led him to see all life as a surge toward the infinite.

Immodest Proposal

In the future “work” as is now known will exist for only a few technicians. Most citizens will be supported by a welfare state which is fully automated. This will be achieved in each home by a device that looks much like an electric chair.

A Secret Garden

Vegetable or plant dyeing is an art which belongs to the botanist and gardener as well as the spinner, weaver, and leather craftsman. A knowledge of field botany can help the dyer identify many useful dyeplants which grow in the countryside. Many dyeplants which are not native to the United States can be successfully cultivated in the garden.

Fiction

Paul And The Finger And Steely Dan

At Paul’s door, out of breath — oh. Background. Paul Goudreau, bona fide madman: The perfect gift for Harvard from Toledo. Now it is true that I never met anyone from Harvard who wasn’t mad — if only for believing in Harvard — and your experience may well be the same, but it must be admitted that Paul Goudreau was more . . . How should we phrase it? Noticeably mad?

*NOTE: Original copies of this issue are no longer available. Unbound, laser-printed copies will be provided for print orders.

Quotations

Sunbeams

You have everything in you that Buddha has, that Christ has, you’ve got it all. But only when you start to acknowledge it is it going to get interesting. Your problem is you’re afraid to acknowledge your own beauty. You’re too busy holding on to your own unworthiness. You’d rather be a schnook sitting before some great man. That fits in more with who you think you are. Well, enough already. I sit before you and I look and I see your beauty, even if you don’t.

Ram Dass, Grist for the Mill

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