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the column of lasting insignificance: May 24, 2014
by John Wilcock

“The story of life is quicker than the blink of an eye, the story of love is hello, goodbye.”
—Jimi Hendrix

“Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say for one that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem. How far I shall succeed in gratifying this ambition, is yet to be developed.”
—Abraham Lincoln

Week of May 17, 2014

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”
—Andy Warhol

Week of May 10, 2014

Save the world—with Quinoa?; Silence isn't…; Chelsea—heir apparent to the Clinton Foundation; Junk Science is…; the Smell of York; and of course, the Wilcock Web...
Week of May 3, 2014

Bernie Sanders for Prez?; The Working Families Party—hatching movements one organization at a time; penny pot stocks—not without obvious risk; tall timber building—9 story apartment complex in East London employs 'plywood on steroids'; The Philosopher's Mail—populist news outlet alive to traditional philosophical virtues; Casinos know when to fold ‘em; and of course, the Wilcock Web...
Week of April 26, 2014

Breaking up is hard to do…; Kasparov vs. Putin--some pretty crushing moves; Your sex life on drugs…; 'Sawbucked to Death' by Will Durst; Right-wing support for a healthy minimum wage?; A novel 'convenient store'; Jacob Zuma--anything but presidential material, and he'll likely stay in power; estilo gángster pizzería en España; and of course, the Wilcock Web...
Week of April 19, 2014

'Everybody is assumed to be an ally…'; from the archives
Week of April 12, 2014

The Kessler Syndrome—one huge traffic accident in space just waiting to happen; Dominique Strauss-Kahn—on forcing his way…; running the FCC with your hands tied behind your back; Black Tie or Tie-die?; Bill Gates the optimist; Mum's the word from the NRA regarding alarming gun owner behavior research; and of course, the Wilcock Web...
Week of April 5, 2014

Washington lobbyists—unless they say they're not…; groin rivalry?; Phillip Roth on the need to write; move over Fox TV; voter demographics by choice of booze; that 'wasted' space at the bottom of every page of the NYT; and of course, the Wilcock Web...
Week of March 29, 2014

Old friends will be aware that I published a tabloid underground newspaper in Manhattan in the '60s called Other Scenes, and although I have only a handful of these myself, I occasionally see others offered for sale on various websites....
Week of March 22, 2014

Shakespeare & Co., & Charles Bukowski; advances in 3D printing dumbs down manufacturing; tough love's scrapes and bruises in the workplace; Online business more vulnerable to hacking--duh!; Life without parole IS racial profiling; it's not your grandfather's bourbon anymore; 'rent-a-renoir'?; and of course, the Wilcock Web...
Week of March 15, 2014

Degree inflation—‘sorry, you're overqualified’; pedal-powered planes are back at Lasham airfield; More NAFTA, really?; tons of rattlers on the barbie—it all tastes like bony chicken, 3D babies printed to order; What's the FAA doing about all of those drones?; and of course, the Wilcock Web...
Week of March 8, 2014

Fussin' and cussin’ on 'Capital in the 21st Century'; meet Professor Dumpster; throw Congress in the trash; bring back the WPA!; the life and times of Alex Ferguson; and of course, the Wilcock Web...
Week of March 1, 2014

A conversation on Spring; Happy Centennial Current History magazine!; Democracy—still the best game in town; Switzerland proposes a guaranteed income; forced sexual orientation changes?; and of course, the Wilcock Web...
Week of February 22, 2014

All sonic, no boom—Aerion's new high-speed business-class jet; Susan Sontag, …after all these years; Goldman Sachs—still high on the list of “Best” companies to work for?; How long can the EU survive?; True love—this bra cracks the code, and releases the clasp; scalpel, sponge, retractor… all done by robots; life in the big house,—pay up!; and of course, the Wilcock Web...
Week of February 15, 2014

Matriarch II—the mother-in-law scenario played out in India; bikers without helmets—just plain dumb! …and costly; is Netflix reshaping the game?; inflatable avalanche rescue pack!; No, and I mean NO!!!; the Jeopardy computer gets a BIG upgrade; startup… smartup; and of course, the Wilcock Web...
Week of February 8, 2014

the Koch Brothers—Cash Cows…, pigs, sheep, bears, porcupines, zebras, giraffes, antelope…; the Thrilla in Manila, aka 'Acute Traumatic Encephalopathy'; malaria vaccine—a real challenge; listening to Britney Spears CAN make you deaf (and blind)!; Global warming—isn't??; and of course, the Wilcock Web...
Week of February 1, 2014

Sagging interest in Plastic surgery; Why Insider trading can't be stopped; Are you wearing Firefox or Internet Explorer?; 'Putin on the Ritz'; The Occupy Movement—dry run for the 'Big One'?; 'I'm biking here!…; Dumbing Down the Federal Courts; and of course, the Wilcock Web...
Week of January 25, 2014

Chaos Comix--is the world ready for is a weekly comic aimed at literate adults?
Week of January 18, 2014

Dreams of Revolution in the air—just not in the press…; visiting Chinese student budgets (Mercedes included); Smart pigs elude noisy hunters in Lousiana; Conjugal visits quell fiery passions?; Smuggling sperm out of the big house; Paul Krassner on 2014; and of course, the Wilcock Web...
Week of January 11, 2014

Musawah—women reclaiming Islam and the Koran; 'The best little prisoner-rehabilitation house in Texas'; Carnival Cruise lines—awash in bad times and bad press; Regarding 'HENRY's—High Earners Not Rich Yet; China launches Comac—the Commercial Aircraft Corp of China; Futball viewing on the rise in the US; Repaying microcredit loans with body parts: Citizenship for sale in Malta; and of course, the Wilcock Web...
Week of January 4, 2014

Futile Fracking Fight?; Duck Dynasty dynasty; uber-agent Mike Ovitz on the way down; Michael Bloomberg is not going to…; uber-ship for the uber-wealthy; taking aim at the insane BBC fees; and of course, the Wilcock Web...
Week of December 28, 2013

KABOOM!!!—Art as destruction; Talking Anarchy—true social organization without authority?; if it's good for you, it can't taste good, right?; under the knife—my encounter with lung cancer; and of course, the Wilcock Web...
Week of December 21, 2013

Made in Heaven, played by real people...
Week of December 14, 2013

From the Archives—How To Get By on $40 per Week
Week of December 7, 2013

From the Archives— columns from the 1950s & ‘60s
Week of November 30, 2013

From the Archives— columns from the 1950s & ‘60s
Week of November 23, 2013

JW is taking some time away to mend in hospital and looks forward to returning soon.

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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.

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"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