This article originally appeared in the New York Times. The high cost of textbooks isn’t a technological problem to be solved by digital distribution; it’s a business model problem. With students as a captive market, textbooks are the last big cash cow for conventional publishers. It’s no coincidence that Pearson, the largest educational publisher, is […]Read More..
Nine new books are coming out this month and the next! We’ve got a fresh and fascinating crop of titles on the politics and practice of sustainable living–from composting manure in your own backyard to raising hell on the national political stage. Check out new titles from agrarian superstars Gene Logsdon and Joel Salatin, Consumer […]Read More..
This article was originally published on NORML.org On Tuesday, Congressional Representatives passed by voice vote H.R. 5143, the House version of the National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2010. NORML first blogged about this federal legislation back in November, and encouraged supporters to contact their members of Congress in favor of this much-needed reform. This […]Read More..
Stella Otto is the author of two books, The Backyard Berry Book and The Backyard Orchardist. Recently, her own garden was featured on The Good Stuff Guide, with some dreamy, fog-banked, morning photos. Definitely good for some inspiration. Stella has her own beautiful website: stellaotto.com where she shares tips for the home orchardist. She has […]Read More..
An enthusiastic review of Bill Kauffman’s latest book, Bye Bye, Miss American Empire from the Front Porch Republic: Reader alert: FPR editor Bill Kauffman’s latest is now available. Titled Bye Bye, Miss American Empire: Neighborhood Patriots, Backcountry Rebels, and Their Underdog Crusades to Redraw America’s Political Map, it is vintage Kauffman. It also sports a […]Read More..
Matthew Stein, author of When Technology Fails, A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency Visionary Culture Radio inspires through bringing leading edge artists, scientists, ecologists, authors, musicians, social architects and healers into deep, awesome conversation to help us bridge forward into a higher awareness and more awakened consciousness. Listen to the interview […]Read More..
This article was originally published by Yes! Magazine. Shortly after her second birthday, we noticed that Ula (now three) was developing a wandering eye. She had difficulty seeing the pictures in her books, and flatly refused to eat with a fork. We took her to a developmental optometrist, and spent an hour in an examination. […]Read More..
How many slick tricks have you learned about farming and gardening more or less by accident? My favorite example happened because of laziness. I didn’t clean out the roof gutter on the barn for over a year. I have a longstanding prejudice against roof gutters anyway. Why not just let the water run off the […]Read More..
Gordon Edgar’s memoir has been widely praised for its funny, passionate, unpretentious style. In it, the cheesemonger for the country’s largest worker owned cooperative, Rainbow Grocery, tells the story of his life in cheese. He tells how he first fell in love with an alpine cheese, talks about the origins of cheese, and shares plenty […]Read More..
This article was originally published by The American Conservative. In A Tragic Honesty, his biography of Richard Yates, Blake Bailey describes a scene sure to send a there-but-for-the-grace-of-God shiver down the spine of any writer who has ever approached a podium, book in hand, straining to hear the sound of one hand clapping: That winter […]Read More..