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:
2021
Dying of Despair
Notes From the Rising Dark
What is Exponential Decay

2020
Collapse: Slowly Then Suddenly
Slouching Towards Bethlehem

2019
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?

2018
A Future Without Us
Dean Walker Interview (video)

2017
The Mushroom at the End of the World

2016
What Would It Take To Live Sustainably?
The New Political Map (Poster)
Beyond Belief
Complexity and Collapse

2013
Save the World Reading List
Civilization Disease

2012
What a Desolated Earth Looks Like
If We Had a Better Story…
Giving Up on Environmentalism

2009
Going Vegan

2006
The Dark & Gathering Sameness of the World

2005
The End of Philosophy

A Short History of Progress

2004
The Boiling Frog

 

Our Culture / Ourselves:
2021
The Lab-Leak Hypothesis
The Right to Die

2020
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

2019
What to Believe Now?
Rogue Primate

2018
Conversation & Silence
The Language of Our Eyes
True Story
May I Ask a Question?
Cultural Acedia: When We Can No Longer Care
Useless Advice

2015
Several Short Sentences About Learning

2014
Why I Don’t Want to Hear Your Story
A Harvest of Myths
The Qualities of a Great Story
The Trouble With Stories

2013
A Model of Identity & Community

2012
Not Ready to Do What’s Needed

2010
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
Manifesto

2009
Nobody Knows Anything

2008
If I Only Had 37 Days
The Only Life We Know

2006
A Long Way Down
No Noble Savages

2005
Figments of Reality
Too Far Ahead
Learning From Nature
The Rogue Animal

 

How the World Really Works:
2021
Extinction Capitalism
Homeless
Republicans Slide Into Fascism
All the Things I Was Wrong About

2020
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)

2019
If You Wanted to Sabotage the Elections
Collective Intelligence & Complexity

2017
Ten Things I Wish I’d Learned Earlier

2016
The Problem With Systems

2015
Against Hope (Video)
The Admission of Necessary Ignorance

2014
Several Short Sentences About Jellyfish

2008
A Synopsis of ‘Finding the Sweet Spot’

2006
Learning from Indigenous Cultures

2005
The Gift Economy
The Job of the Media

2003
The Wal-Mart Dilemma

 

The Illusion of the Separate Self, and Free Will:
2021
Bark Bark Bark Bark Bark Bark Bark
Healing From Ourselves

2020
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

2019
Happy Now?
This Creature
Did Early Humans Have Selves?
Nothing On Offer Here
Even Simpler and More Hopeless Than That
Glimpses

2018
Fragments
What Happens in Vagus

2017
We Have No Choice

2016
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:
2021
Reminder (Short Story)
A Canadian Sorry (Satire)

2020
Under No Illusions (Short Story)

2019
The Ever-Stranger (Poem)

2018
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)

2017
Calling the Cage Freedom (Short Story)
Rune (Poem)
Only This (Poem)

2016
The Other Extinction (Short Story)
Invisible (Poem)
Disruption (Short Story)
A Thought-Less Experiment (Poem)
Speaking Grosbeak (Short Story)

2015
The Only Way There (Short Story)

2014
The Wild Man (Short Story)
Flywheel (Short Story)
The Opposite of Presence (Satire)
How to Make Love Last (Poem)
The Horses’ Bodies (Poem)

2013
Enough (Lament)

2012
Distracted (Short Story)

2011
Worse, Still (Poem)
Conjurer (Satire)

2009
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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