October 2010

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Defying the Godfather

Fed up with extortion and violent crime, ordinary citizens are rising up against organized crime

Bob Hazen

Before There Was Life

A mineralogist believes he's discovered how life's early building blocks connected four billion years ago

Dyaks Ernesto Kalum

Body of Work

Photographer Chris Rainier travels the globe in search of tattoos and other examples of the urge to embellish our skin

Mass grave

A Viking Mystery

Beneath Oxford University, archaeologists have uncovered a medieval city that altered the course of English history

Colorado River reservoirs

Running Dry

Dams, irrigation and now climate change have drastically reduced the once-mighty river. Is it a sign of things to come?


A Walk Through Old Japan

An autumn trek along the Kiso Road wends through mist-covered mountains and rustic villages graced by timeless hospitality


Letters to the Editor


From the Editor

Walks of Life

Brass bands and slow travel

Indelible Images

Sure Shot

Bill Owens was seeking a fresh take on suburban life when he spotted a plastic-rifle-toting boy named Richie Ferguson

My Kind of Town

Winner Take All

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist J.R. Moehringer rolls the dice on life in Sin City

This Month in History

October Anniversaries

Momentous or Merely Memorable

From the Castle

Show and Tell

Around the Mall

Up Where They Belong

From country music ballads to rock power chords, Native Americans left a lasting impression on the soundtrack of the 20th century

The Object at Hand

Cloaked in Defiance

A pair of woven, beaded garters reflects the spirit of Seminole warrior Osceola


Q&A: Kirk Savage

Author Kirk Savage talks about the history and aesthetic beauty of our nation’s monumental core

What's Up

What's Up

Presence of Mind

God and Country

The idea that the United States has always been a bastion of religious freedom is reassuring—and utterly at odds with the historical record

The Last Page

My Big Hang-Up

One man's rage against the communication revolution and the dying of civility