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The Reality And The Ideal

Counting houses, losing a dime, joining a commune

By Our Readers March 1978
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

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.

By C.A. Taormina October 1977

Cartoons By David Terrenoire

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By David Terrenoire October 1977
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Will An Apple Turnover A Day Keep The Doctor Away?

Initial decisions about what we will eat are made by the supermarket chains when they divvy up their shelf space. And these decisions are based on different values than we would apply. More often than not, the result is one row of fresh fruits and vegetables and ten or twelve rows of boxes and cans.

By Cary Fowler October 1977
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

A Banana By Any Other Name

The Case Against Brand-Name Vegetables

Four years after the Chiquita campaign had been launched, United had captured nearly a third of the country’s market at prices 10 to 15% higher than other bananas. Through brand name promotion, United had convinced consumers to pay more for Chiquitas than other bananas and to like doing it.

By Cary Fowler July 1977
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Kicking The Corpse, Or Is This Love?

I’m having a hard time writing this. I think I’ve figured out why. I want it to be a eulogy, but I can’t stop kicking the corpse. I want you to care that another American newspaper has expired. But I wonder if I care.

By Sy Safransky July 1977
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

“The Business Of America . . .

Open Letter To The President (II)

There are those of us, not many formerly counted among your admirers, who to date take heart from reports of your activities which mayhap (dare we so hope?) indicate the formulation of a Coolidgean policy of saying little and doing less.

By Frank D. Rich March 1977
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Publishing, Hopefully Not Perishing

The Small Press Movement

I can’t remember the first time I heard someone say that the conglomerates (giant U.S. corporations like Xerox) were buying out the big New York publishing houses, the ones that 20 or so years ago were a fairly reliable place to publish a first novel, a well-written book, something that might someday be known as a great book, as “literature.”

By Judy Hogan February 1977