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Mountain High: Find Bliss at Koya-San

The small mountain town of koya-san, several hours south of Osaka in central Japan, has been attracting pilgrims since the 9th century, when Buddhist monk Kobo...

Pilgrims' Progress.

No matter your rank, region or level of luxury, Thanksgiving dinner is likely a stifling and tired occasion. Inevitably, it's redeemed more by friends and family...

Farm vs. Supermarket.

CHEFS' PICKS Small farm and organic: In the food business, those magic words open every door. A chef who couldn't use them would be in the same position as a...

Culture of Cruelty: Bullfighting in Spain

Migrants must assume quickly the when-in-Rome rule. As a young journalist in Australia, I was often irked by new-arrival whinging Poms, as we lumped them,...

The Problem with Factory Farms

If you eat meat, the odds are high that you've enjoyed a meal made from an animal raised on a factory farm (also known as a CAFO). According to the USDA, 2% of...

Do Animals Commit Suicide? A Scientific Debate

Forty years ago, Richard O'Barry watched Kathy, a dolphin in the 1960s television show Flipper, kill herself. Or so he says. She looked him in the eye, sank to...

10 Questions.

Can you tell us what your current diet is? If it is not vegetarian, why not? Scott Yanoff, MILWAUKEE I still eat meat. But I eat a lot less. I have enormous...

Save the Planet: Eat More Beef*

On a farm in coastal Maine, a barn is going up. Right now it's little more than a concrete slab and some wooden beams, but when it's finished, the barn will...

Brief History: Fad Diets

The new year is traditionally a time to atone for all the overindulging many of us did over the holidays. This year is no exception: nearly half of Americans say...

Sex and the Eco-City.

Correction Appended: Oct. 20, 2009 In many ways, choosing a sex toy is not unlike buying a car. Walk into most adult shops, and the new-car smell is...

Paul Slansky's Weekly Index of the News

"Armey, Dick" • delight of at not being married to—and therefore not having to endure the "prattle" of—Salon editor-in-chief Joan Walsh is spontaneously...

What Do Old People Know, Anyway?

How To Live: A Search For Wisdom From Old People (While They Are Still on This Earth) Henry Alford Twelve Books; 262 pages The Gist: The older you get, we...

Incoming HHS Secretary Tom Daschle

Barack Obama's choice as Health and Human Services Secretary and director of a new White House Office of Health Reform has 26 years of experience in Congress —...

Postcard: Kogelo.

Blood flowed as election day dawned in Barack Obama's ancestral village in western Kenya. The presidential candidate's half brother, Malik, tied a bull to a...

Why Do Women Live Longer Than Men?

Across the industrialized world, women still live 5 to 10 years longer than men. Among people over 100 years old, 85% are women, according to Tom Perls, founder...

America's Medicated Warriors

I fear the fate of these brave soldiers 20 years from now ["June 16"]. In 2002 my brother Bill, a combat infantryman decorated with three Bronze Stars, took his...

When Surgery Succeeds, But Healing Fails

TV medical shows can be pretty goofy, especially when you're a surgeon. Always amusing, to us anyway, is the great drama of the skin incision. This much you...

Grocer: John Mackey

A self-described six-time college dropout might seem an odd candidate to become the Bill Gates of the food world. But that's only one of the unorthodox steps...

As the World Warms

While the ugly fact of global warming may strike a blow to our self-esteem as a species, you have put together a guide to keep us from descending into negative,...