October 29, 2010

Chicken Kill: A Rite of Passage to Carnivorism

by Erin Gleeson

By Kayoko Akabori Photos by Erin Gleeson I met Erin in 1998. We were both freshmen at UC Santa Barbara, and I was immediately drawn to her warmth, and soft spoken, laid-back ease. She is the epitome of a California Girl, and for as long as I had known her, she was a vegetarian. She […]

October 21, 2010

Japanify: Kumotsu (Offering)

by Yoko Kumano

A butsudan is a shrine memorializing dead relatives in homes of Japanese Buddhists. Although I am not Buddhist, this butsudan set up that I received from my Buddhist grandma is hands-down one of the best things someone has given me. It gives me a place to say hello to my dad every morning and vent […]

August 25, 2010

Packaging Whore: Toxic Terror!

by Anders Arhoj

I sometimes wonder whether my generation (of 1979) will explode in a green toxic waste cloud when we turn 40. Raised throughout the 1980’s on a chemical food diet consisting of added preservatives, taste perfumes and E-numbers galore, our bodies have grown up in dirty soil and now there’s no way back (check the latest […]