Telling Stories

On my way to Marin, today, for a talk about storytelling. Then, down to the Esalen Institute to do a little workshop on Sabbath and Torah – basically a ‘time off’ where people read, interpret, and continue their collective story. At least that’s the way I’ve been seeing it. What I’ve been so very consumed […]   read more »

One Size Fits All

I’m in LA, on my way to SF. Just did a number of interviews for strange things. An ABC special on the anniversary of 9/11, and a Fox News interview about my AOL piece, below. I suppose news people are just like us book writers. They use interview subjects to mouth the things they really […]   read more »

AOL RIP?

Back on the day when AOL bought Time/Warner, the New York Times asked me to write an OpEd for them. “What does it all mean?” my assigning editor asked. What I wrote was that AOL’s purchase of Time/Warner heralded the end of the dot.com bubble. AOL was cashing in its casino chips. And just like […]   read more »

Do Two Wrongs Make a Right?

So, now I’m getting spam faxes. Pages ranging from an ad for a periodontist in New York City, to the announcement of a new wireless cell provider in my area. I only have one phone – the same phone line that grandma would call in an emergency – and these desperate folks send faxes to […]   read more »

It’s a good thing: Martha Stewart and the Backlash Against Capitalism

The covers of New York’s taboloid dailies have been gloating, along with much of America, about Martha Stewart’s legal problems. (For those of you who might not have heard of her, Stewart is a very famous American homemaking advisor, with her own magazine, TV show, and line of products such as towels, sheets, rugs, and […]   read more »

Stymied

A family medical emergency has stymied my plans for a book tour of the American South, beginning Thursday. I feel a great sorrow that so many people organized events for me that I won’t be able to attend; but I also feel a certain, odd sort of contentment that my life priorities are shifting. I […]   read more »

Telemarketing Tidbit

I just got off the phone with a telemarketer in record time. I used a new technique – it just occurred to me on the fly – and it not only gets them off really quickly (so to speak) but it also screws up their computer files. My old technique was a bit more interpersonally […]   read more »

Renaissance Now?

I first posted the embryo of this idea on a bbs called the Well back in 1991 or so. I was wondering, at the time, if recent advances in math, physics, technology and culture constituted a new renaissance. The conversation went on for over a year, and became the basis – or at least an […]   read more »

I saw a bad thing happen…

I don’t know whether sharing the specifics of the story is worthwhile. Witnessing a negative event is like receiving a chain letter. We feel compelled to share what we saw – but we magnify the negative effect when we do. Briefly – and this time only – I’ll tell you what I saw: a guy […]   read more »

Exit Strategy Tour

As long as we’re on the subject, I’ll be doing some talks/readings in late June, early July: June 27th Deregulator 720 9th street Durham, NCJune 28th Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, NCJune 29th Book Warehouse 2158 Blowing Rock Road Boone North CarolinaJune 30th Barnes & Noble 2900 Peachtree Road, NE Atlanta, GAJuly 1 B&N […]   read more »