the column of lasting insignificance: July 7, 2012
by John Wilcock
Seeking the Drama of Everyday Life
more video from Burma. Plus, we're putting the finishing touches on a special edition of the Ojai Orange which will be both in print and online. This editon is devoted entirely to Burma, and should be out any day now...
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- Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center—a legal voice against racism and for civil rights or direct mail sales tycoon?; mobile home living—an undeservedly bad rap?; Herbal supplements—nature's answer to healthy living or $$multi billion-dollar sham? SmellPhone?; Follow the yellow brick road, or blue if it drops below freezing; Audacious marketing—works!!; Sexual intolerance in the Arab world—not according to this view of the prophet Muhammed; and of course, the Wilcock Web…
- twitter—'staccato bursts of emptiness'; A farm in a box; 'bought-you-lism': what you get when the gov't attempts to pay off the media to sway public opinion; Local fisherman in Tehuantepec try to stop a giant wind farm development; a resurgence of—Pinball?; Living on Mars in 2013?—a one-way ticket to the new colony; and of course, the Wilcock Web…
- AP dateline in North Korea—if the truth be told; Chinese multi-billionaire Xi Jinping stares down corruption—guess who blinked?; The Dalai Lama—at least according to the Chinese; ‘A rose is...’ well, going out of fashion; Guggenheim—a Hollywood equivalent of Berkshire Hathaway?; A ticking timebomb—Pakistan's explosive population growth; lawyers, lawyers everywhere; and of course, the Wilcock Web…
- The War against Marijuana is now over; want dinosaur bones?—ask a ‘commercial’ paleontologist; ethical training of prison populations for the real world; Smell's like… Eau de Pizza Hut; …and the annual Bent Spoon award goes to…; and of course, the Wilcock Web…
- The mortality gap—Americans rank 51st in average life expectancy AND outspend every other country on healthcare; Cat lovers' cafes; Fran Lebowitz is actually pretty funny; Vitol Group—The biggest, most important company you’ve never heard of; and of course, the Wilcock Web...
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It was the first handwritten letter I’d received in 5 years. Or maybe 10. Signed by John Wilcock, a man I’d never heard of, and postmarked Ojai, Calif., it was waiting for me when I returned from my São Paulo-to-New York summer trip. Mr. Wilcock wrote that he had been an assistant editor at The Times Travel section back in the 1950s, and had written the first editions of “Mexico on $5 a Day,” “Greece on $5 a Day” and “Japan on $5 a Day” for Arthur Frommer in the 1960s.
By George, I thought. This man was the original Frugal Traveler.
by John Wilcock
"A GOOD WAY to describe John Wilcock is to say that he is a talented bohemian counter-culture journalist who once played a major role in the emergence of America’s underground press. Born 1927 in Sheffield, England, he left school aged 16 to work on various newspapers in England, and on Toronto periodicals before moving to New York City. There in 1955 he became one of the five founders of the Village Voice in which he and co-founder Norman Mailer wrote weekly columns. Wilcock called his column “The Village Square”, an intended pun. He and young Mailer were not quite friends, although Wilcock was at times annoyed, but always amused, by Mailer’s monstrous ego."
-From the preface of Manhattan Memories, by Martin Gardner
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