Before there was WiReD or the Internet, there was the Whole Earth Catalog and Review….

And Co-Evolution Quarterly. One of the thin, silver linings from the death of Steve Jobs is the increased awareness of the Whole Earth Catalog and associated publications. I was lucky enough to have a high school teacher that had been subscribing to these and who gave me alot of them. If you heard they were great, you heard right. For example, this issue here:

was jam-packed with challenging ideas about the body and what it means. It was like a lightening bolt hit me when I read it. Alot of the Whole Earth Review magazines were like that: you came away 10 times smarter for absorbing the ideas. Not surprisingly, two of the innovative thinkers of the 20th century, Stewart Brand and Kevin Kelly (also of WiReD), were associated with these things.

The great news is that you can now download the PDF versions of these magazines (for example, Whole Earth Review Summer 1989 – Electronic Edition).

I cannot recommend this material highly enough. They’d be perfect for your ebook reader.

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