Monthly Archives: July 2003

SOME DELICIOUS WRITING

Virtual Occoquan – The Hedonism Edition – is now online. Thanks to Mark for the honour of being a part of it. And to all the extraordinary Salon bloggers who made compiling it so pleasurable.

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DINNER OF YOUR DREAMS

At yesterday’s monthly neighbourhood dinner club event, someone posed a question: If you had the chance to invite any five living people to dinner, who would you choose, and what would you serve them? My companions last evening picked sports … Continue reading

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ALEX THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS: DEFINING BEAUTY

A recent survey suggested that humans define physical beauty as symmetry, and that the more perfectly symmetrical both their face and body are, the more ‘beautiful’ that person will be said to be. I’ve always been a skeptic on such … Continue reading

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THE SOCIAL LIFE OF PAPER

The image above is of the original manuscript copy of T.S. Eliot’s The Fire Sermon, part of his epic work The Wasteland. On it are marked editorial annotations, primarily those of his brilliant collaborator Ezra Pound, no mean poet in … Continue reading

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THE BLOGOSPHERE IN 2010

I‘ve written elsewhere about what I think will happen, must happen, to weblogs before they’ll be ready for business prime-time. I am less certain about what the future holds for personal weblogs, but I thought it would be fun to … Continue reading

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SEVEN SURVIVAL TIPS FOR KNOWLEDGE MANAGERS

In previous generations, knowledge, ‘know-how’, was taught by the foreman, the professional, or the artisan, to the apprentice or articling student, on the job. Most people learned by following the example of the master or expert. In those days, performance … Continue reading

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VO – THE HEDONISM EDITION

Friday at six pm ET is the deadline for submissions for Virtual Occoquan ‘s forthcoming Hedonism Edition. I have the honour of working with VO editor Mark Hoback on this special edition of his distinguished online magazine, which will be … Continue reading

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FIVE SENSES

Part One was back here Here is Part Two: in which How to Save the World temporarily sets aside the cares and fears of the day and indulges in some essential education, and then offers a savory segment of prose … Continue reading

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TEN STRANGE AND WONDERFUL FILMS

Anyone who reads How to Save the World knows that my aesthetic tastes are a bit eclectic, perhaps even a trace bizarre. That applies equally to my taste in film, which tends towards quirky romantic films. Herewith, in no particular … Continue reading

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THE FIVE ELEMENTS: REMAKING OUR CULTURE TO CHANGE THE WORLD

Change is hard. It’s counter-cultural. It only occurs on any large scale when the situation demands it, when there is no alternative . We are now living in a world where huge change is needed, but the awareness that there … Continue reading

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