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On The Death of Jim Harrison: Saturday, March 26, 2015

Jim Harrison died last Saturday at his cabin outside Patagonia, Arizona.  He’d been at a cowboy saloon earlier, drank some vodka, talked to some pals, and went home.  He was found later at home, dead of a heart attack.  He was one of my constant heroes.  I’ve…

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Sitting Bull on the White Man Problem

White men like to dig in the ground for their food. My people prefer to hunt the buffalo as their fathers did. White men like to stay in one place. My people want to move their tipis here and there to the different hunting grounds….

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General Sherman On the Sioux Problem

  We must act with vindictive earnestness against the Sioux, even to their extermination, men, women and children. Nothing less will reach the root of the case.   Telegram, Sherman to Grant July 1876 [ | | | ]

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General Sherman on the Indian Problem

The more we can kill this year, the less will have to be killed the next war, for the more I see of these Indians the more convinced I am that all have to be killed or maintained as a species of pauper. Their attempts…

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More Sorrows of the Digital World: The World Beyond Your Head by Matthew Crawford

Crawford, Matthew B. The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming and Individual in an Age of Distraction, Farrar Straus and Giroux, New York, 2015 (305pp.$26)   “distracted from distraction by distraction…” “Burnt Norton” T.S. Eliot   Distraction and worry are the default modes of human…

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More Sorrows of the Digital Age: The Glass Cage by Nicholas Carr

Here is a book about automation and its disabling of human ability.  Think “auto correct” and “auto pilot”.  Zombies of the digital world take note. Carr, Nicholas. The Glass Cage, W.W. Norton Co., New York, 2014 (261pp.$26.95) On May 31, 2009 an Air France Airbus…

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More Sorrows of the Digital Age: Mindless by Simon Head

Head, Simon. Mindless: Why Smarter Machines are Making Dumber Humans, Basic Books (Perseus Books Group), New York, 2013 (230pp., $26.99)   Eighty years ago the English economist John Maynard Keynes authored a brief essay entitled “Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren”, in which he took a…

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Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing by Jamie Holmes

  “More help with the sorrows of the digital age…” Holmes, Jamie. Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing, Crown Publishers, New York, 2015 (322pp.$27) “It is time for writers to admit that nothing in this world makes sense,” Chekhov wrote to a friend. “Only fools…

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More Sorrows of the Digital Age: Plato at the Googleplex by Rebecca Goldstein

There are screen zombies everywhere.  What to do? Goldstein, Rebecca. Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away. Pantheon Books, Random House, New York (435pp. $29.95) Students of philosophy certainly know the old chestnut that “all of Western philosophy is a series of footnotes…

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i Disorder: Understanding Our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming its Hold on Us by Larry Rosen

  “We’ve been speaking in the bibliography of distraction and focus–And the sorrows of the digital age…” Rosen, Larry D. iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming its Hold on Us. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2012 (256pp.$25) No matter where we go—to a restaurant,…

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