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April 3, 2010 | Patt Morrison
I almost started this conversation by asking Stewart Brand, "So . . . what's on your mind?" But who's got that kind of time? Brand has been an ahead-of-the-curve thinker for half a century, putting rigor into the counterculture and possessing a curiosity that's taken him beyond it. His Whole Earth Catalog won the Establishment's attention and dollars -- he gave away most of the latter -- and he was on to other things. That renowned, iconographic blue-dot image of Earth from space -- Brand agitated to have NASA release the photo because he believed it would change humans' thinking about the place.
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BUSINESS
February 20, 2013 | Bloomberg News
Macy's Inc., the second-largest U.S. department store chain, will go to court in New York on Wednesday to try to persuade a judge to permanently block Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc.'s pact with J.C. Penney Co. Macy's sued Martha Stewart Living in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan in January 2012 to stop it from proceeding with an agreement announced with J.C. Penney the previous month. Macy's claims that it has an exclusive right to sell Martha Stewart-branded products in categories such as bedding and cookware.
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BOOKS
December 18, 1994 | Paul Krassner, Paul Krassner's autobiography, "Confessions of a Raving, Unconfined Nut: Misadventures in the Counter-Culture," has just been published in paperback by Simon and Schuster
When "The Whole Earth Catalog" was first published in 1968, not a single entry about the invasion of privacy was included. But now "The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog" devotes four entire pages to the ever-increasing political and corporate encroachments upon our privacy. What was once deemed paranoia turns out to have been prophesy. Nevertheless, this Catalog--edited by Howard Rheingold with a global network of experts--is a veritable Yellow Pages of Optimism.
OPINION
April 3, 2010 | Patt Morrison
I almost started this conversation by asking Stewart Brand, "So . . . what's on your mind?" But who's got that kind of time? Brand has been an ahead-of-the-curve thinker for half a century, putting rigor into the counterculture and possessing a curiosity that's taken him beyond it. His Whole Earth Catalog won the Establishment's attention and dollars -- he gave away most of the latter -- and he was on to other things. That renowned, iconographic blue-dot image of Earth from space -- Brand agitated to have NASA release the photo because he believed it would change humans' thinking about the place.
BOOKS
August 17, 1986 | Ernest Callenbach, Callenbach is the co-author of "Humphrey the Wayward Whale" (Heyday Books) and "A Citizen Legislature" (Banyan Tree Books)
In the lead article in this collection, biologist Paul R. Ehrlich reports, on the basis of his insect studies, that predators and their prey evolve in close relationship with each other; eaters are inextricably involved with the eaten, and vice versa. The concluding paragraph suggests, with a modesty reminiscent of Watson & Crick's paper on DNA, that much of evolutionary biology will have to be rethought as a consequence.
MAGAZINE
October 30, 1994 | Katherine Fulton, Katherine Fulton, founding editor of the North Carolina Independent, currently teaches media technology at the Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University
She didn't even get his name right. Not that it mattered. He was just another '60s oddball "with a face that looks like an embodied question mark"--a skinny 27-year-old who had attracted a crowd outside the main gate of Columbia University. According to Sally Kempton's 1966 Village Voice article, he wore "a black top hat decorated with a flower, and a sandwich board decorated with the question: 'Why haven't we seen a photograph of the whole Earth yet?'
BOOKS
December 17, 2006 | Giles Slade, Giles Slade is the author of "Made to Break: Technology and Obsolescence in America."
"FROM Counterculture to Cyberculture" by Fred Turner is at times a difficult read. The reporter-turned-academic now eschews journalese with the zeal of a true convert, and his alternative principles of story organization seem purely intuitive. But if, like me, you remember how well Turner's "Echoes of Combat" (1996) explored and clarified the Vietnam War's effect on American culture, you will continue to beat your head against this book with real determination.
MAGAZINE
December 4, 1994
As a collegiate user of the original Whole Earth Catalog in the 1970s I read with keen interest the article on Stewart Brand ("Always Two Steps Ahead," by Katherine Fulton, Oct. 30). I noted that Fulton had a prodigious task in trying to explicate a personality that is characterized by constant internal motion. I began to wonder whether Brand's excitement with his brain's ability to boggle itself hadn't begun to obscure the goals of his "lazy officer," who uses his inventiveness to accomplish a task.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2009 | KENNETH TURAN, FILM CRITIC
There was a time, and not so long ago, when the words "environment" and "ecology" weren't on all lips and the damage the human race was doing to its home planet was not of universal concern. The change in consciousness that brought us from then to now was the work of a committed group of individuals who are front and center in an involving new documentary called "Earth Days." Directed by the veteran Robert Stone, "Earth Days," as befits its subject, is very much a serious, considered film.
BUSINESS
August 11, 1994 | MICHAEL SCHRAGE, Michael Schrage is a writer, consultant and research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He writes this column independently for The Times
Back when Woodstock was Woodstock and not a crass venture of commercial nostalgia, Stewart Brand was busy defining the design ethic of the counterculture. He did it brilliantly. His "Whole Earth Catalog"--a wildly eclectic and provocative compilation of tools, technologies and ideas for living in a postindustrial world--became a surprise bestseller.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2009 | KENNETH TURAN, FILM CRITIC
There was a time, and not so long ago, when the words "environment" and "ecology" weren't on all lips and the damage the human race was doing to its home planet was not of universal concern. The change in consciousness that brought us from then to now was the work of a committed group of individuals who are front and center in an involving new documentary called "Earth Days." Directed by the veteran Robert Stone, "Earth Days," as befits its subject, is very much a serious, considered film.
BOOKS
December 17, 2006 | Giles Slade, Giles Slade is the author of "Made to Break: Technology and Obsolescence in America."
"FROM Counterculture to Cyberculture" by Fred Turner is at times a difficult read. The reporter-turned-academic now eschews journalese with the zeal of a true convert, and his alternative principles of story organization seem purely intuitive. But if, like me, you remember how well Turner's "Echoes of Combat" (1996) explored and clarified the Vietnam War's effect on American culture, you will continue to beat your head against this book with real determination.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2004 | From Associated Press
Martha Stewart has assembled a pool of talent at her company that could probably keep on creating recipes, crafts projects and linen designs to her standards without her. But the question is: Should the company continue to use her name and image after her felony conviction? The issue is of top concern as the board of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. hashes out what type of role Stewart will play, if any, in the company's future.
BOOKS
December 18, 1994 | Paul Krassner, Paul Krassner's autobiography, "Confessions of a Raving, Unconfined Nut: Misadventures in the Counter-Culture," has just been published in paperback by Simon and Schuster
When "The Whole Earth Catalog" was first published in 1968, not a single entry about the invasion of privacy was included. But now "The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog" devotes four entire pages to the ever-increasing political and corporate encroachments upon our privacy. What was once deemed paranoia turns out to have been prophesy. Nevertheless, this Catalog--edited by Howard Rheingold with a global network of experts--is a veritable Yellow Pages of Optimism.
MAGAZINE
December 4, 1994
As a collegiate user of the original Whole Earth Catalog in the 1970s I read with keen interest the article on Stewart Brand ("Always Two Steps Ahead," by Katherine Fulton, Oct. 30). I noted that Fulton had a prodigious task in trying to explicate a personality that is characterized by constant internal motion. I began to wonder whether Brand's excitement with his brain's ability to boggle itself hadn't begun to obscure the goals of his "lazy officer," who uses his inventiveness to accomplish a task.
MAGAZINE
October 30, 1994 | Katherine Fulton, Katherine Fulton, founding editor of the North Carolina Independent, currently teaches media technology at the Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University
She didn't even get his name right. Not that it mattered. He was just another '60s oddball "with a face that looks like an embodied question mark"--a skinny 27-year-old who had attracted a crowd outside the main gate of Columbia University. According to Sally Kempton's 1966 Village Voice article, he wore "a black top hat decorated with a flower, and a sandwich board decorated with the question: 'Why haven't we seen a photograph of the whole Earth yet?'
BUSINESS
March 13, 2004 | From Associated Press
Martha Stewart has assembled a pool of talent at her company that could probably keep on creating recipes, crafts projects and linen designs to her standards without her. But the question is: Should the company continue to use her name and image after her felony conviction? The issue is of top concern as the board of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. hashes out what type of role Stewart will play, if any, in the company's future.
BUSINESS
February 20, 2013 | Bloomberg News
Macy's Inc., the second-largest U.S. department store chain, will go to court in New York on Wednesday to try to persuade a judge to permanently block Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc.'s pact with J.C. Penney Co. Macy's sued Martha Stewart Living in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan in January 2012 to stop it from proceeding with an agreement announced with J.C. Penney the previous month. Macy's claims that it has an exclusive right to sell Martha Stewart-branded products in categories such as bedding and cookware.
BUSINESS
August 11, 1994 | MICHAEL SCHRAGE, Michael Schrage is a writer, consultant and research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He writes this column independently for The Times
Back when Woodstock was Woodstock and not a crass venture of commercial nostalgia, Stewart Brand was busy defining the design ethic of the counterculture. He did it brilliantly. His "Whole Earth Catalog"--a wildly eclectic and provocative compilation of tools, technologies and ideas for living in a postindustrial world--became a surprise bestseller.
BOOKS
August 17, 1986 | Ernest Callenbach, Callenbach is the co-author of "Humphrey the Wayward Whale" (Heyday Books) and "A Citizen Legislature" (Banyan Tree Books)
In the lead article in this collection, biologist Paul R. Ehrlich reports, on the basis of his insect studies, that predators and their prey evolve in close relationship with each other; eaters are inextricably involved with the eaten, and vice versa. The concluding paragraph suggests, with a modesty reminiscent of Watson & Crick's paper on DNA, that much of evolutionary biology will have to be rethought as a consequence.
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