Dave’s Best Writing

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I started this blog in 2003, and since then I’ve written over 3,000 articles, essays and stories, which, if I were to print them out in standard book size, would fill over 9,000 pages. I’m guessing it’s one of the largest one-person blogs still in existence.

Every once in a while I review what I’ve written, and think about whether or not to cull some of the old and embarrassing stuff, and rearrange the rest. But since How to Save the World is a sort of diary, I always end up deciding to leave it as it was written. Some of it is dated. Some of my predictions were colossally bad, while others, like this article I wrote on CoVid-19 almost exactly a year ago, in the lull between the first and second waves, have been quite prescient.

Instead of editing, I try to keep track of what I think is my best writing — no more than one full book’s worth, if I were to publish it. I periodically update the list, sorted by category, and listed (in true blog tradition) from newest to oldest in each category. I’ve just brought it up to date, and below are the 145 articles, essays, stories, poems and miscellaneous other writings I am most proud of. You can always find them on my right sidebar, but since most readers subscribe to my feed and don’t see the sidebars, I thought I would repost the full list for all to see.

Since I’m often asked what are my favourite posts, I guess I’d say that of my newer writings (over the past 18 months), I liked Slouching Towards Bethlehem. I liked All the Things I Was Wrong About. I had great fun with the latest in my “Several Short Sentences” series, this time about Sharks. I loved writing Bark Bark Bark Bark Bark Bark Bark. And researching and writing No Choice But to Misbehave was my biggest learning experience since Straw Dogs.

I really didn’t like writing The Tragic Spread of Misinformation, and I got a lot of hate mail and a couple of threats for my trouble, but I guess that means it hit a nerve. It got the most angry response to any of my writings since I wrote about veganism and CAFO-denialism back in 2009.

But I think my most important writing, the stuff that will hopefully never get stale or terribly annoying, is my creative work. I’ve written less fiction since CoVid-19, and I want to get back to it, because, as hard as it is to do, the work really pays off — the more I write, the better, I think, I get at it. Recently, my favourite piece to write, and occasionally read aloud to groups, is my A Canadian Sorry.

Here’s the whole list of 145, which sounds like a lot, but it’s less than 5% of my total output:


Collapse Watch:
Dying of Despair
Notes From the Rising Dark
What is Exponential Decay

Collapse: Slowly Then Suddenly
Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Making Sense of Who We Are
What Would Net-Zero Emissions Look Like?
Post Collapse with Michael Dowd (video)
Why Economic Collapse Will Precede Climate Collapse
Being Adaptable: A Reminder List
A Culture of Fear
What Will It Take?

A Future Without Us
Dean Walker Interview (video)

The Mushroom at the End of the World

What Would It Take To Live Sustainably?
The New Political Map (Poster)
Beyond Belief
Complexity and Collapse

Save the World Reading List
Civilization Disease

What a Desolated Earth Looks Like
If We Had a Better Story…
Giving Up on Environmentalism

Going Vegan

The Dark & Gathering Sameness of the World

The End of Philosophy

A Short History of Progress

The Boiling Frog


Our Culture / Ourselves:
The Lab-Leak Hypothesis
The Right to Die

CoVid-19: Go for Zero
Pollard’s Laws
On Caste
The Process of Self-Organization
The Tragic Spread of Misinformation
A Better Way to Work
Ask Yourself This

What to Believe Now?
Rogue Primate

Conversation & Silence
The Language of Our Eyes
True Story
May I Ask a Question?
Cultural Acedia: When We Can No Longer Care
Useless Advice

Several Short Sentences About Learning

Why I Don’t Want to Hear Your Story
A Harvest of Myths
The Qualities of a Great Story
The Trouble With Stories

A Model of Identity & Community

Not Ready to Do What’s Needed

A Culture of Dependence
So What’s Next
Ten Things to Do When You’re Feeling Hopeless
No Use to the World Broken
Living in Another World
Does Language Restrict What We Can Think?
The Value of Conversation

Nobody Knows Anything

If I Only Had 37 Days
The Only Life We Know

A Long Way Down
No Noble Savages

Figments of Reality
Too Far Ahead
Learning From Nature
The Rogue Animal


How the World Really Works:
Extinction Capitalism
Republicans Slide Into Fascism
All the Things I Was Wrong About

Several Short Sentences About Sharks
How Change Happens
What’s the Best Possible Outcome?
The Perpetual Growth Machine
We Make Zero
How Long We’ve Been Around (graphic)

If You Wanted to Sabotage the Elections
Collective Intelligence & Complexity

Ten Things I Wish I’d Learned Earlier

The Problem With Systems

Against Hope (Video)
The Admission of Necessary Ignorance

Several Short Sentences About Jellyfish

A Synopsis of ‘Finding the Sweet Spot’

Learning from Indigenous Cultures

The Gift Economy
The Job of the Media

The Wal-Mart Dilemma


The Illusion of the Separate Self, and Free Will:
Bark Bark Bark Bark Bark Bark Bark
Healing From Ourselves

The Entanglement Hypothesis
Nothing Needs to Happen
Nothing to Say About This
What I Wanted to Believe
A Continuous Reassemblage of Meaning
No Choice But to Misbehave
What’s Apparently Happening
A Different Kind of Animal

Happy Now?
This Creature
Did Early Humans Have Selves?
Nothing On Offer Here
Even Simpler and More Hopeless Than That

What Happens in Vagus

We Have No Choice

Never Comfortable in the Skin of Self
Letting Go of the Story of Me
All There Is, Is This
A Theory of No Mind


Creative Works:
Reminder (Short Story)
A Canadian Sorry (Satire)

Under No Illusions (Short Story)

The Ever-Stranger (Poem)

The Fortune Teller (Short Story)
Non-Duality Dude (Play)
Your Self: An Owner’s Manual (Satire)
All the Things I Thought I Knew (Short Story)
On the Shoulders of Giants (Short Story)
Improv (Poem)

Calling the Cage Freedom (Short Story)
Rune (Poem)
Only This (Poem)

The Other Extinction (Short Story)
Invisible (Poem)
Disruption (Short Story)
A Thought-Less Experiment (Poem)
Speaking Grosbeak (Short Story)

The Only Way There (Short Story)

The Wild Man (Short Story)
Flywheel (Short Story)
The Opposite of Presence (Satire)
How to Make Love Last (Poem)
The Horses’ Bodies (Poem)

Enough (Lament)

Distracted (Short Story)

Worse, Still (Poem)
Conjurer (Satire)

A Conversation (Short Story)
Farewell to Albion (Poem)

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1 Response to Dave’s Best Writing

  1. Brutus says:

    I applaud your longevity and the (repeat) decision not to go back to excise the past, however embarrassing or prescient (and lots in between) your thinking at the time was.

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