A Pattern Language for Effective Activism

Thursday, July 31, 2014 | |

In logical reading order:
  1. Full House — Stephen Jay Gould
  2. When Elephants Weep — Jeff Masson
  3. Freeman Dyson’s Brain — Wired Magazine
  4. The Story of B — Daniel Quinn
  5. A Language Older Than Words — Derrick Jensen
  6. The World We Want — Mark Kingwell
  7. The Spell of the Sensuous — David Abram
  8. The Truth About Stories — Thomas King
  9. Humans in the Wilderness — Glenn Parton
  10. Against the Grain — Richard Manning
  11. The Commonwealth of Life – Peter Brown
  12. Short History of Progress — Ronald Wright
  13. (Haven’t found it yet — will report when I have)
Well, the missing and perhaps final slot on this list has now been filled, by London School of Economics Philosophy professor John Gray’s Straw Dogs.

The Nine Nations of China

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 | |

Kaitlin Manning, an associate at B & L Rootenberg Rare Books and Manuscripts, says part of the reason why modern viewers are so captivated by marginalia is because we expect this era to be so conservative. For example, few Monty Python fans realize that the comedy group’s silly animations are direct references to artwork in illuminated manuscripts. (Illuminated simply means decorated with gold or silver foil.)

To Home At Space In Ibiza

Thursday, July 24, 2014 | |


Drinking Cloud Tea With Aristotle

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 The finest and sweetest water is every day carried up
and is dissolved into vapour and rises to the upper region,
where it is condensed again by the cold and so returns to the earth.*
And used to make tea.**
[*Aristotle, ‘Meteorology’, 350 BC]
[** Paul Sobczak, 2014 ]