- Paperback: 100 pages
- Publisher: Whole Earth (December 1998)
- ISBN-10: 1892907054
- ISBN-13: 978-1892907059
- Package Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,089,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Original Whole Earth Catalog, Special 30th Anniversary Issue Paperback – December, 1998
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sales. Many people back then wanted to learn different ways to deal with things and situations, they would be horrified by the endless plastic bags laying all over the place today. This book was about solutions and it's day was long ago but the memories of looking at it and seeing what people thought were incredible . Anyone who wanted to make a statement back then had this book on their table , from actors to politicians. It was that huge, and the public loved it too. At least for the 6 years or so it was around.
Richard Buckminster Fuller- 'Bucky' Fuller was fairly obscure outside of the acolytes of the whole earth catalog. The same could be said of a hundred other big thinkers, from Paolo Soleri (arcology) to Gregory Bateson (crack in the cosmic egg)to Jerzy Grotowski to Allesandro Jodorowski. The WEC is the who's who in hip thinking.
Swiss Army Knives- I swear, the WEC put a swiss army knife in the pocket of every hippy on the planet. (some of us still carry them today) Synthesizers (if you are a synthesizer head, read Walter Carlos's essay about them. Garden Tools, hand operated winches, drywall screws and other tools too numerous to mention.
Nomadics- I had never even thought of the idea of being a portable lifestyle until the WEC. Now I am old and a homeowner, but I am still nomadic.
and so on. The WEC (of which this is a reprint) was followed by the LAST WHOLE EARTH CATALOG (that's the big seller) the Whole Earth Epilog, and the Millenium Catalog. The Point Foundation (who published the WEC) also published a magazine, originally called the Co-Evolution Quarterly (or CEQ) which then became the Whole Earth Software Review, and then The Whole Earth Review, and then just Whole Earth. They went out of print, finally in 2003--having brought us thousands of pages on every topic imaginable. The spirit lives on in the WELL (Whole Earth Lectric Link) a venerable online community of smart people (now hosted on salon)
I grew up in Huntington Beach, California. In the sixties the WEC put me onto an entire world of stuff and ideas not available locally. My friends all read the catalog, we all exchanged gifts found in the catalog. We all wore anne kalso earth shoes, levis, chambris work shirts and had long hair. We all read dan o'neill comics, we all laughed at the firesign theater, we all sang folk music. Today we are computer programmers, social workers, architects and college professors. We DID change the world, in so many ways. If you weren't there you don't see the changes, you just see the world as it is. This book is fantastically important, but I doubt a modern young person can even hear the melody.
take pleasure in the ordinary, and in nature
discover new ways to see the events around you
metaprogram your own reactions--your own reality
get out of trouble, get past the bad time
help others if you can,
I found the real value in the new interviews with people who were the leaders in the 60's and 70's about what they think is important now. The two viewpoints, 30 years of maturity as it were, makes this more than just a trip to the past. If the WEC/WER didn't change your mind, you weren't paying attention.