Monthly Archives: January 2012

Four Seconds

I’m in a little video at Sundance. Very little, as in just over two minutes. Very little, as in my bit is perhaps 4 seconds long. The video is part of the whole festival blur where the role of the … Continue reading

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What’s the point of learning?

A book is new to a new reader even if, as here, the book was published 50 years ago. But this is is sci-fi and shows its age a bit. Or I do, since I would have been mesmerized had … Continue reading

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Yanyitneca

A struggle. Page after page of stuff on topics I know absolutely nothing about. Have no idea what Gnosis is, for example, and can’t honestly say I understand more after Bloom’s explanations. That’s because he’s from the school of onanistic … Continue reading

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My true love’s hair is the color of the longest wavelength

Who knew? Not me. Not me. The story of the clothing color most desired for generations, mostly because it was so damn tough to create. Plant-based dyes were — and remain — generally rather dull. That’s why so many generations … Continue reading

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What fish?

I zipped happily through Paul Greenberg’s Four Fish: the future of the last wild food. It’s entertaining, well researched, and usefully informative, a powerful combination. And if you’re as serious a fishatarian as I am, it makes sobering reading. What … Continue reading

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If history teaches us anything, upper-class white guys can be exceedingly touchy about taxation.

Start with the basic: Sarah Vowell illustrates perfectly the idea of nominative determinism. Anyone with that name must be in the writing business. And in this case is really, really good at it. The book chronicles, in a wonderfully laconic … Continue reading

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Society Without God

Society Without God: What the least religious nations can tell us about contentment. Phil Zuckerman. Simple, really. The countries whose citizens are the healthiest and least corrupt and which generally top the Economist’s “Quality of Life Index” are all countries … Continue reading

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