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Main Currents in Modern Thought  — a magazine published five times a year by the Foundation for Integrative Education. Their own self-description: "A cooperative journal to promote the free association of those working toward the integration of all knowledge through the study of the whole of things. Nature, Man, and Society, assuming the universe to be one, dependable, intelligible, harmonious." They have had many great articles and continue to feature some of the world's most important people talking about what is really important for living. The current issue (V. 25, No. 4) contains a 1966 letter from Bucky Fuller to C. A. Doxiadis, in which Fuller outlines his life-long concerns and priorities in 14 parts.  In operation since 1940. $4.50 a year from 12 Church Street, New Rochelle, New York 10805.

The fantastic knowledge of Harold A. Innis is apparent upon noting what Marshall McLuhan has used of his in Gutenberg Galaxy. Two of Innis' books are worth owning in their own right. One, The Bias of Communication ($2.50, 1951, 64 & 68^ University of Toronto Press, 226 pp., papercovers), with an intro. by McLuhan covers some great territory: the crystallization of cultures, the bias of communications, the problem of the proper use of past knowledge, the problem of space, technology and public opinion in the USA, etc. These reprinted papers cover lots of ground, while the footnotes that join them make almost a second book in terms of information.  Innis' major work is entitled Empire and Communication (1950, Oxford, hardcover).  It makes Bias look like a primer, at least upon my first inspection, anyway.

Beyond Left & Right is a superb collection of essays, edited with an introduction by Richard Kostelanetz ($2.95, Apollo Editions, 425 Park Avenue South, New York City 10016 No. A-202, softcovers, 436 p. 1968, also in hardcover with Richard's picture on the wrappers). All under one cover are some of the great thoughts of Fuller, McLuhan, Boulding, Kahn, Theobald, Safdie, Farson, P. Goodman, Edw. Hall, Doxiadis, and so on. The point of the book is that the answers to problems from now on must be made from a extrapolitical base. Richard has picked some of the best, provided a good essay himself and arranged them all under the following categories:  man & his future, technology and society, enterprise & remuneration, architecture & city planning, people & resources, education, defense & diplomacy, and redesigning society. Also, an excellent bibliography. Great book.

John Wilcock's Other Scenes International Newspaper always has interesting things in it. Most especially John, who knows everyone and wants to introduce each of us to all his other friends. I've gotten more tips for new mags and books from John than almost any other source. I think an ad in OS would be very fruitful for the CATALOG. Subscription $5.00 for the rest of 1969 from Room 419, 41 Union Square West, New York City 10003. Free listings for Intnl. travel ad listings of 50 words or less.

Robert Theobald is a great economist and someone aware of the impact of technology on our money/gold oriented society. He makes meaningful comment on these dilemmas in a number of books, including The Rich and the Poor ($0.50, Mentor MD325,160 p. 1961 paper). Free Men and Free Markets   . $0.95, Doubleday Anchor A447, paper, 173 p., 1963, 5. where he first proposed the guaranteed income.) and his newest book An Alternative Future for America ($1.95 186 p., 1968, The Swallow Press, Inc., 1139 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago III. 60605, paper.) An informed view of how it is and what steps to take to deal with it.

Black Elk Speaks Being the life story of a holy man of the Oglala Sioux by John G. Neihardt (Flaming Rainbow) $1.50 A Bison Book, paper, U. of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, Neb. 1961, 280 p.) is the closest book I know of to the Indian consciousness. I have often read it the way I do Finnegans Wake, by just flipping it open and reading out loud. Pure poetry, rich dreams and archetypal Amerindian images of the plains and life there. "They are coming to behold!"

My old lady. Dee, designs and sews clothing. She swears by 20,000 Years of Fashion the history of costume and personal adornment by Francois Boucher (I think it's $25.00, Harry Abrams, NY, 1966, 441 p., many illustrations, huge format, hardcovers). It is what its title and sub-title indicate. It covers everything and can help anyone with new and old ideas about how to do the same for human bodies. An invaluable source book.     

George Sarton's A History of Science seems to be the occidental equivalent of Needham's Science & Civilization in China (I've read volumes I & II of the latter and found it to be excellent. I'm not trained enough to evaluate the later volumes but can highly recommend the first two.). I have not read any of them, but after looking through two of the 8 volumes it seems to me that Sarton has covered all Of the material for the subject. Harvard U. Press, Vols. I & 11 in paper so far and more to follow (paper publ. by John Wiley.)