Issue 4 Contents
A New Regionalism
The path toward a more local future.
Politics: To Preserve or Privatize
California’s state parks at a crossroads.
By Paul Barrett and Casey Mills
Poetry: “Late Lessons”
By W. S. Di Piero
By Jessica Fisher
History: The Commune Effect
How utopian communities have fostered widespread change.
By Michael Zelenko
Symposium: Searching for Utopia
Local writers imagine a more perfect region.
Memoir: One Day I’ll Leave This Place
An incarcerated woman reflects on prison and her past.
By Victoria Sanchez
Essay: What Meth Means [Full article]
Exploring the drug’s mystique.
By Richard Mills
Religion: Work as Meditation
A North Coast Buddhist community works to save sacred texts.
By Sarah Dozor
Fiction: “A Message from God”
By Jacqueline Doyle
Notes from the Field
Our readers’ dispatches from Martinez Detention Facility and Sierra Vista Hospital.