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Thing-makers, tool freaks and prototypers: How the Whole Earth Catalog’s optimistic message reinvented the environmental movement in 1968

In the fall of 1968 a Stanford-trained biologist, organizer of the legendary Trips Festival and Merry Prankster named Stewart Brand published the first Whole Earth Catalog. Between 1968 and 1972, the Catalog reached millions of readers and won the National Book Award. Andy Kirk, University of Nevada, Las Vegas The Conversation The title and iconic […]

April 20th

Book Review: The Cult of Trump

I can’t say this too strongly. Trump has turned his party into a personal Death Cult. His acolytes not only threaten violence against the rest of us, but risk death as a political statement. There is a cure, but there aren’t enough of us to apply it to all of them, even if we all […]

October 14th

Top 13 recommended books by and about American Indians

Over the years, one question I have been asked repeatedly is for a recommendation of a book that comprehensively tells the story of American Indians. In fact, there’s no book that does that because, just like other people who live in the USA, Indians aren’t monolithic. Hundreds of federally recognized tribes, hundreds more that are unrecognized, 29 language groups and […]

October 12th

War on Science: The rise (and fall?) of anti-science Religion

Does everyone know that that lying, hypocritical [BLEEEEEP] Jerry Falwell, Jr. is out of Liberty University on his, let’s say, ear, for years of three-ways with the pool boy? What a fitting metaphor for all of the corrupt Christianists who have been polluting our public discourse since the Curse of Ham was brought forth as the theological justification […]

August 31st

Book Review: The Pandemic May Be the Least of It

Since March or so, a running joke — or perhaps wry observation is the better term — has been that each month seems to last about a decade. In early spring, the Covid-19 pandemic came to utterly dominate the news cycle, only to be pushed aside by unrest in America’s cities as throngs took to […]

August 8th

Langston Hughs – Let America Be America Again

Langston Hughes was a great man and a great poet. In particular he is the perfect antidote for MAGAism. “Let America Be America Again (America never was America to me.)” We should have trumpeted today’s poem from the moment Trump came down the escalator. We should be declaiming it in chorus every day. For myself, I […]

July 12th

Book Review: An “Impossible” Voyage on Foot Across Antarctica

On November 3, 2018, a 33-year-old athlete named Colin O’Brady strapped himself into a harness and began pulling a 375-pound sled, laden with a tent and supplies, across the frozen wastes of Antarctica. O’Brady was beginning his journey near a location known as the Ronne Ice Shelf. His goal was to cross the Transantarctic Mountains […]

June 20th