‘Whole Earth’ Review: A Man in Whole

Source: The Wall Street Journal.

My mother gave me a copy of the original Whole Earth Catalog for Christmas when I was 12. I wish I still had it, but it eventually disintegrated in my hands from too much page turning.

I’m glad to see a favorable review of its author in today’s WSJ, but chagrined to contemplate that the Sears and Roebuck of my generation has become a real “Sears and Roebuck.”

One of the things I learned from TWEC was that you could write to the U.S. Government Printing Office to request all sorts of free books, ranging in topic from how to plant a garden to how to build a bomb shelter. I exploited this benefit for many years, until the supply of books I thought useful shut down to almost zero.

O well.

2 thoughts on “‘Whole Earth’ Review: A Man in Whole

  1. Interesting piece. Thanks for the link.

    Personally, I share a couple of the views attributed to Mr. Brand.
    Nuclear power technology is vital for our energy future.
    GMOs offer far more potential for good than for harm.

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  2. …” that you could write to the U.S. Government Printing Office to request all sorts of free books”

    I seem to remember several PSA’s during that time which promoted the same thing.

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