"If you want to maintain independence in the era of large institutions, you are going to need good tools." So begins Rheingold's introduction to The Millenium Whole Earth Catalog
, a compendium of reviews of books, magazines, tools, software, video- and audiotapes, organizations, and services plus ideas on whole systems, sustainability, community, health, sex, household, family, technology, politics, communications, travel, livelihood, and learning. Items are listed in the catalog if they are deemed: "useful as a tool, relevant to independent education, high-quality or low-cost, and easily available--preferably by mail order." Highly recommended.
For over 25 years, the Whole Earth staff has been delivering cutting edge information to those who were wise enough to pay attention. The quarterly Review has struggled through hard times and continues to give us info-bites on everything from sheep farming to cyberpunks to counterculture, with particular emphasis on self-sufficiency and community building. The presentation style is terrific and the material endlessly fascinating. (One of our major influences in creating The WomanSource Catalog
--our infusion of the feminine into the info-kingdom.) Since the first Whole Earth catalog in the 1970s, this crew has had their finger on the pulse of the most innovative thinking and technology long before they ever hit popular culture. Concepts like "fuzzy logic," which are just getting to mainstream consciousness, appeared in The Next Whole Earth Catalog
almost 15 years ago. Lucky for us after many years of catalog-less existence, we are blessed with The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog
, poised once again to transport us into the far reaches of knowledge and info-dom. -- From The WomanSource Catalog & Review: Tools for Connecting the Community for Women; review by Ilene Rosoff