The guestbook on this site was discontinued in early 2009 because of a maddening increase of spam, and because, well, it seemed like something of an outdated convention. Still, if you'd like to be in touch, I'd love to hear from you. Please write to me at email@example.com. Below are some archived guestbook entries dating back to 1995.
March 6, 2009
Great meeting you. I just got the chance to check out your Film Festival pics and they look great! I really love your shots that are very different than anyone else took...from really low angles, or the marquee lights or the tree in the foreground... Great job!
Jensen Sutta (Santa Barbara/Denver)
February 5, 2009
Your website is great, but I wish there were more audio files. I'm a big fan of your radio interviews.
Judy B. (Miami, Florida)
January 22, 2009
Your essay on "The Power of Dialogue" is excellent. Thanks for sharing.
Michael Lindh (Rochester, New York)
December 28, 2008
You capture the playa, the art, and the resident burners of Black Rock City in all its wonder, beauty and aliveness. Blessings to you and all you create!
Kali of the Desert (Nelson, British Columbia)
October 22, 2008
I liked so much your review of Voltaire's Bastards by John Ralston Saul! I couldn't help redirecting to Noam Chomsky the excerpt from it in which says "It is therefore something of a disappointment to finally reach the end of this book and discover that he has very little in the way of practical solutions to offer for our current troubles." It is really troubling that none of the current prominent intellectuals put their wisdom in motion to develop an alternative to the extreme capitalism (or cannibalism?). To my knowledge, Albert Einstein was the last and only one who braved to offer such ideas.
Mark Goretsky (Plainview, New York)
October 10, 2008
Fabulous pictures! In 2008, I missed Burning Man for the first time in 7 years. Your pictures brought me some consolation. Thanks a lot for sharing.
Pierre M (Montreal, Canada)
October 9, 2008
Beautiful photos. I'm standing on the giant Hummer from the Burning Man '08 photoset and was pleasantly surprised when my friend sent me the link. Expect an order for some prints soon.
Brandon (Denver, Colorado)
September 14, 2008
Really enjoyed your new piece on the future of the global computer consciousness. It is a very provocative theme as I begin to discover some of the joys/pains of seeing events from a perspective other than mainstream media on a frontier that is hard to censor. Please don't stop.
Eufelio Medina (Phoenix, Arizona)
September 5, 2008
I feel like Eufelio Medina who has so succinctly written "Your work is inspiring me to revive my own artist within" and to work to make the world a better place.
dk (San Francisco, California)
August 29, 2008
Knockout imagery! Your art transports the viewer into the world of Burning Man.
Rodney DeMott (Turtle Island)
August 14, 2008
I just recently stumbled onto your piece on John Dewey. It is a wonderful summary and one that offers support to research I've done on the emergence of student affairs work in higher education in the U.S.A. Student affairs was founded on a democratic education philosophy and the resulting belief that the deep experience of community has a very powerful impact on both learning and one's views of leadership. Thanks so much for a very compelling summary of Dewey's philosophy.
Dennis Roberts (Doha, Qatar)
August 11, 2008
Your photos of Burning Man capture the feel of the odd and magical place and people like no others...
Steve Markowitz (Memphis, Tennessee)
July 26, 2008
Your work is inspiring me to revive my own artist within and to do more on the side of part of the solution.
Eufelio Medina (Phoenix, Arizona)
June 22, 2008
I loved the slideshow from the Santa Barbara Film Festival. You captured some great moments.
Frank Miller (Los Angeles, California)
May 24, 2008
While cyber-travelling for some works on Vandana Shiva, I trailed from link to link and ended up here.
Your selection of topics and interviews is intriguing.
At a pace that is in good rhythm with your body, mind and spirit, please keep up your good work!
Akina Mikami (Japan)
May 21, 2008
Belle Adeline (Brisbane, Australia)
Found your site over the researching for the Terry Tempest Williams interview. Thanks for your work!
Alois Jodler (Austria)
April 25, 2008
After reading your interview with Sam Keen I have gone back to my library and pulled all of his books. Sometimes I need a reminder of just how little I really know and Sam Keen is a great place to start. Thank you, I will return.
Warren A. Dennis (Katy, Texas)
March 4, 2008
What a great website. I especially appreciate your interview with Richard Tarnas. The waking up of the growing edge is helped when you are able to let those who have been studying it have a place to share. Great Work!
F. Christopher Reynolds, M.Ed., www.urrealist.com (Berea, Ohio)
February 1, 2008
Your interview with David Abram was excellent. It is difficult to simplify the themes from such an expansive text as The Spell of the Sensuous, into a short article, but you managed to get a great mix of insights from Abram. Nicely done.
Chas Martin (Portland, Oregon)
January 26, 2008
I enjoyed checking out your site. I will be back again.
Scott "Scottie" Stephens (Dallas, Texas)
January 21, 2008
A friend of mine just told me to go buy my Burning Man ticket as they are on sale now. So I did and while I was on the site I happened to stumble across your work. Brilliant! You truly know how to capture a feeling in a photo, a rare gift indeed. Thank you for following your heart. Hope to see you at Burning Man 2008.
Jasen Rockliffe (Toronto, Canada)
January 15, 2008
Really like the site, the layout/design, the simplicity, and its user-friendly navigation. And of course the content, articles and interviews especially. Well done, and thanks for sharing.
Dja "Crowmanic" (Adelaide, Australia)
December 20, 2007
Bravo, I read your bio and the photojournalist is obvious. I've been surfing around for two days looking at this event which I didn't know existed. I looked at a lot of pictures, and yours are a tour de force. Perhaps we'll meet in 2008. By the way, I love NPR. I'll be listening for you.
Old Navy (Connecticut)
December 16, 2007
Hey, I googled myself and your website came up. Your photos are pretty amazing!
Scott London (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
December 9, 2007
I am joining the chorus of people who are in awe of your photo work. It certainly took me back and sparked all my Burning Man juices and senses. Thank you for sharing your gifts with the world!
Abheeru (Vancouver, Canada)
December 3, 2007
I happened upon your work when someone showed me a photo you had snapped of one their friends at this year's Burning Man. Your photos have awakened the desire within me to experience it for myself. All of your work is absolutely breathtaking and truly awe-inspiring. Mahalo for sharing!
t~ (Maui, Hawaii)
October 30, 2007
I was so glad to meet you this year at the temple! Your photos are again incredible. You are one of the rare photographers capable of capturing the beauty of Black Rock City. I just came back from France where I work sometimes. Each time I try to describe Burning Man I show people your work. They are amazed. Hope to see you again very soon. Keep the fire Burning!
Laurent Le Gall, Filmmaker, www.freerunpictures.com (San Rafael, California)
October 26, 2007
Stunningly beautiful photos. Thank you for guiding my escape into such precious memories of the playa. For just a few moments, I was home again. Pure bliss.
Love and hugs,
Marina (Los Angeles, California)
October 26, 2007
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: fantastic. I am always inspired and uplifted by visiting your site. I can't wait for Burning Man 2008, I hope to see you on the playa!
Liz (San Luis Obispo, California)
October 9, 2007
I leave my camera behind to live in the moment at the burn. Now, thru your eyes, I get to relive it again. Well done, my brother.
Gary Weimberg, www.lunaproductions.com (Berkeley, California)
October 7, 2007
Thank you for posting your picture of the Dogfish on the Burning Man website. Your pictures a wonderful! Please introduce yourself next year. Take a ride on the Dogfish and enjoy a cocktail.
Frank (The Governor), www.campdogfish.com
October 1, 2007
I can't even tell you the feeling of joy that swept over me as I went through your images of this years burn, I even noticed a friend in the mix, ViBZ — who just as your pictures, represents the soul of the burn and those who share the feeling. Thank you for sharing with us!
Heaven (Carlsbad, California)
September 30, 2007
Your photos of 2007 Burning Man are genius. Very beautiful!
Dr. Jeanine Austin, www.simplydivinesolutions.com (Tempe, Arizona)
September 28, 2007
I had a first look at your 2007 Burning Man pictures. This is such an impressive set of pictures. You are truly a great photographer capturing the perfect moment, having a sense for the best light and spotting the details overlooked by the general observer. Wunderbar!
Hannes Häfele, www.myhannes.com (Berlin, Germany)
September 27, 2007
Thank you so much for sharing your amazing Burning Man 2007 images! Your subjects are so natural and at ease I'd like to know how you do it.
Pete Slingland, www.peteslingland.com (Reno, Nevada)
September 26, 2007
Amazing images. Wish I could afford for him to do my family portrait.
September 8, 2007
Absolutely gorgeous pictures. As a 5 time burner (still a newbie), I always look to your pictures first to bring me back to the playa. Thank you for the inspiration and the memories. Hope you attended Burning Man 2007 as I would love to see your pics! Much love and respect.
Will Chang (Toronto, Canada)
September 6, 2007
I love your photography ... the lighting, composition, capturing the art installations and people so wonderfully! I found your site a couple years ago after my first 'burn' in 2005. I missed being there the past two years and just enjoyed your 2005 and 2006 images again! I can't wait until you post your 2007 photo adventures to get the feeling of this year. I will be there again next year! Thanks for your artistic contributions...
David L (Novato, California)
September 4, 2007
I love your site and the entire depths of it. I came to it somehow from missing Black Rock this year in search of photos and discovered the rest. Bravo.
Andre Shoumatoff (Utah)
September 4, 2007
What an incredible collection of Burning Man photos! You have a real gift for capturing the spirit of creativity on film. Your life must be very rich!
Shondra ~ Rose of Light, www.thechakraworks.com (Columbia, Pennsylvania)
August 29, 2007
August 23, 2007
Blogged you here.
Excerpt: "This article by Scott London has been around a while, but it is worthwhile to flag as an excellent overview of deliberative dialogue. Scott London is a journalist, photographer and ultimately a social commentator. He has been a moderator for National Issues Forums, by far the largest grass roots deliberative democracy movement in the United States, operating for more than a quarter century...."
Ron Lubensky (Melbourne, Australia)
August 14, 2007
I checked out your photos and they are great! You are very talented.
July 12, 2007
I just wanted to say that your photos are absolutely beautiful. The more I look at them the stronger the urge to return home to Black Rock City. Thank you for your inspiration.
July 9, 2007
Man! Beautiful, inspiring website design. Yummy pictures of
Burning Man '06. Thank you for your gift of creativity.
David Bloodwood, www.bloodwood.org (Bellingen, Australia)
June 24, 2007
The slide show atop the photography page is breathtaking!
Spencer Sherman, www.spencersherman.com (Santa Barbara, California)
June 23, 2007
Hello, brother. All my love to you and your family.
Mikael Svensson (Enhörna, Sweden)
June 7, 2007
Great website!! I'm jealous would you consider helping me with my site in exchange for some money and an advance copy of my upcoming book, An American Hedge Fund?
Timothy K. Sykes (New York City)
May 31, 2007
Great pictures! I think of Burning Man every day. Seeing your pictures
this afternoon was almost like being there. In spirit.
Stacey (Redding, California)
May 13, 2007
After seeing these pictures, I have to attend. Some blotter, some whiskey, and a Monkeys CD, and I'll be set for the week!
Fletcher Christian (Newark, Delaware)
May 6, 2007
Best Burning Man pictures I've seen so far!!! As soon as I have found
my penguin suit, I will join you guys. Thanks.
April 17, 2007
Your website was forwarded to me and I am amazed at your artistic expression
with the lens. You are extremely sensitive within your
surroundings and it's depicted through your shots. Keep
up the great work... Who knows, maybe we'll run across
each other at my upcoming first Burning Man experience...
Tri (Brooklyn, New York)
April 12, 2007
You are a rare brilliance. We love you and listen to the online audios of Insight & Outlook over and over. Can we continue to do so? Where/how?
Reply: Thank you. You're very kind. There are still a handful of audio clips available online. Click here for the complete list.
March 21, 2007
Scott captures more than just images. His work reaches inside the subject and brings its essence to the forefront. He captures emotion and pathos in private moments even in a crowd. Great photographers know how to get out of the way of the camera. Scott's invisible presence is a silent signature to this idea. Fantastic!
Mango (New York City)
March 11, 2007
Your pictures have an incredible style. They are amazing.
March 10, 2007
I'm a college student at CSU and I did an article on our jury system. I came across your article and thought it was awesome. Just wanted to let you know that what people like you have to say really makes a difference. Thanks for all that you do.
Michael Meggio (California)
March 8, 2007
Hi. I live too far to attend Burning Man so I check the web sites. Your pictures are excellent and look very professional. This is the first time I have contacted someone to say this. Well done.
March 8, 2007
Great pictures and great website.
James (United Kingdom)
February 22, 2007
I am absolutely captivated by your images. The pure sense of freedom and creativity. The light, the colours, the imagination is almost beyond belief. You have amazing vision.
— B.B. (Ottawa, Ontario)
February 16, 2007
Great photos! I'm trying to make it to Burning Man this year.
Mike Plymale, www.mikeplymale.com, (Cleveland, Ohio)
February 11, 2007
Came across your website by accident as I was googling "London Scot" and your site came up. Had never heard of "Burning Man." Having scrolled through your galleries I now want to go it looks like a really cool festival and it's now on my list of places to go / things to do. Your photos are amazing. Anyway, from one London Scot to another (Scott London), all the best and I'll certainly be back to visit your site again. Keep up the great work. And I'll definitely pass on details to others and ask them if they've heard about Scott London / Burning Man awesome. Yours aye,
Eddie Tait (from Scotland, now living in London), www.scotsinlondon.com
January 28, 2007
Congratulations on your excellent article/interview "The Ecology of Magic: An Interview with David Abram." It was an interesting and informative read.
January 25, 2007
Amazing photos. Keep going.
Dani Din (Israel)
January 13, 2007
Thank you for incredible Burning Man pictures!
Natalia (Moscow, Russia)
January 12, 2007
Your artwork is of my liking...
Sarah (San Francisco, California)
January 11, 2007
Your work is stunning! Thank you for including me in your links... :)
Pixie, www.pixievisionproductions.com (Los Angeles, California)
December 31, 2006
Wow, your photographs are simply stunning. Great work. Great.
Paul Kind (New York)
December 30, 2006
Please come to Burning Flipside in Austin!
Your photos are nothing short of amazing.
Niki Acosta (Austin, Texas)
December 21, 2006
Yours is the first time I've ever been moved to write in a guestbook. Your work at Burning Man 2006 is fantastic. Thank you for sharing. I have a degree in photography and you make some of my old professors' work look tame. Very very very nice work. Thanks.
Jim Stephan (California City, California)
December 18, 2006
Ramona Wouters (Vail, Colorado)
December 16, 2006
Excellent work! 2006 my first time and your photographs bring the memories flooding back! Thank you for sharing them.
November 8, 2006
Your Burning Man 2006 pictures were incredible, thank you for sharing them with us all.
Andrew (Portland, Oregon)
October 19, 2006
Wanted to say that I enjoyed your pics from Burning Man. Thank you.
Charlie (San Francisco, California)
October 16, 2006
I was a 2nd year burner this year at Black Rock City, and just like last year, I find your pictures to be so incredibly beautiful and adept at capturing the magical spirit and beauty of Burning Man. This is just to say THANK YOU, I really appreciate your work, and the way in which you present it. On this mid-October eve, with winter creeping up on the East Coast, I look at your pictures and can taste the dust...
October 11, 2006
Ich liebe deine Fotos, einfach Weltklasse.
October 11, 2006
Whew, what an approach you have for stimulating each and every sense (as you provided a wonderful trip to while away a few birthday morning magic hours). I did guess in '05 that you were not "just another" playa photog! Since we missed you this year, I hope to connect in 07. Namaste,
JC (Los Angeles, California)
October 3, 2006
Scott: I've deeply enjoyed some of your interviews on your website. You might think about interviewing Allan Savory sometime. He's the author of "Holistic Management: A New Framework for Decision Making" a very profound book but not elegantly written. He spends half the year in his native Zimbabwe and the rest in Albuquerque. Regards
Peter Donovan (Enterprise, Oregon)
September 12, 2006
Hello. Your pictures are just as good this year as they were last year (Burning Man). In fact, they are incredible. I was there this year for the first time. I didn't see any of the people you shot, but I did get a maiden voyage on one of the art cars you shot. Very nice. I took 240 pictures, and NONE are as nice. Then again, I'm not a photographer ;)
Jim Chabai (Winnipeg, Canada)
September 11, 2006
Ciao Scott, ho visto le tue foto! Non sarò la prima nè certamente l'ultima a dirtelo: le tue foto sono meravigliose!!! Mi hanno catturata, stregata, amaliata... vivono di una vita propria... Sei grande!
August 24, 2006
On your Burning Man 2005 pics, what lens, camera and filter setup did you use? I'm guessing a neutral density filter on some of your pics. I'm using a Sigma 10-20 EX on a Pentax ISTd with a tripod. I keep my lens clean and try for morning light. Could you give me some PhotoShop post processing advice as well? I'm shooting RAW, and correcting in RAW then re-sizing and smart sharpening the PSD file in Adobe then saving it as a 70-quality JPG. Your image sharpness blows mine away for the comparable file size to image size ratio; i.e your final product vs. my final product. Your blues to yellows and grey transitions are fabulous. Crisp yet gritty. I'm in awe. Any tips would be great. Your work inspires me to try harder. Thanks
Carter (Sacramento, California)
Reply: Carter, thanks for your kind feedback. I use Canon digital SLRs currently a 5D and a 20D, but I had a 20D and Digital Rebel XT at Burning Man last year. I felt that bringing two bodies was important in order to avoid constant lens changes in a very dusty environment. I had an assortment of lenses with me, but almost all the daytime shots you see on my web site were taken with a 50mm f/1.4 prime lens and a 70-200mm f/4 zoom. This year, my system will change a bit to allow for more wide-angle shots. But it's tough because I hate carrying a heavy bag around and my equipment weighs a lot more this year. Like you, I shoot in RAW mode and color correct using Photoshop. I use Unsharp Mask after resizing the image and then the save-to-web option. I haven't used the Pentax ISTd so I don't know what kind of image quality you get. But Canon digital SLRs are famous for their clarity, color and resolution. The images often look perfect even without tinkering with them in Photoshop. Credit for that goes to Canon, not me. But I'm glad you like the final results! You didn't say whether you're going to Burning Man. If so, I hope to see you out on the playa...
August 23, 2006
Love your work. Bumped into some of your work while surfing and now finally got the homepage. Keep it up!
August 5, 2006
Can't believe it has taken us so long to stumble into your site. We are 10 year burners at this point and must say you have captured Burning Man better, more elegantly, gracefully, and beautifully than we have ever seen before. Please, please make the 100 pics a book so we can flip through it again and again. Else we'll just have to pop online. Thank you for the journey!
Adam & Stacie (Miami, Florida)
July 26, 2006
Yours are the very best Burning Man images I've ever seen. This year, I'm bringing an SLR loaded with film ... just for a different approach. I hope you are attending as well. I'll be in the same camp as last year, with the Airstreams. Perhaps we can meet up and shoot.
Jeanne, www.jeannehemhauser.com (San Francisco)
July 18, 2006
You are an inspiration to me ... Your contribution to society and mankind will surely remain for a long time. (I cannot help but suspect that you're a man who pledges his allegiance to our Creator, for therein lies your success.)
Adrian Baillie-Stewart (Cape Town, South Africa)
July 4, 2006
Wonderful photos! I need to see it for myself.... Soon!!
Howard (Salt Lake City)
June 24, 2006
Love the Burning Man pictures!
June 20, 2006
Hi. I am trying to reach Philip Langdon via e-mail. I have misplaced his contact information. He and his wife used to be my tenants on St. James Place in Buffalo, N.Y. and wrote about St. James Place in A Better Place to Live. Please ask him to e-mail me. Thanks,
June 14, 2006
Great site! Thank you.
John (Chicago, Illinois)
June 9, 2006
I stumbled across your photo essay today. I'm going to my first Burning Man this year. I'm scared as hell, but your pictures were inspiring. I can't wait for the experience. Just thought I'd let you know.
June 5, 2006
Just spent an enlightening, interesting and entertaining evening on your website. The Sun came today, and a mention of Terry Tempest Williams made me do a search and your site came up second, after hers. Once there, I couldn't resist the rest, from Burning Man photos to interviews of you. There went the evening, but well spent.
June 3, 2006
I enjoyed your website very much. We would love to have you drop by interfaithforums.com and share your wisdom with us. We do interviews on the forum and you would be very welcome in the Interview Zone.
April 5, 2006
While surfing the web for interesting sites related to books we came across your site and think it would be an excellent place for our client, www.booksfree.com to advertise on (particularly on your book review page). If you are interested could you please provide rates as well as any other requirements. Thanks.
Reply: Sorry, Andrew, my site is ad-free.
April 4, 2006
I'm hanging out in London for awhile. I've been unaware so far of your photographic talent. I suspect what that Burning Man stuff might be but surely it must include a Perry Farrell lookalike contest.
Feri Hammer (London, U.K.)
March 22, 2006
I stumbled upon your site when I was online searching on Pico Iyer. I really enjoyed your site and especially your photographs and your interview/sound clip featuring Pico Iyer.
Maggie Lee (Canada)
March 21, 2006
I am a writer living in Canada at work on my third novel which is being shaped by my life-long interest in mythology, depth psychology and ecology. So, imagine my delight at being able to find your website with the transcripts of the interviews you conducted with some truly remarkable minds! You will definitely merit a mention on the acknowledgements page of my new novel. Thanks and keep up the fine work. By the way, I love the website and have passed on the link to the people involved in the Classical Pursuits program here in Canada (a group that uses the Great Books Foundation method of "shared enquiry' out of Chicago to explore the Classics...). There are many in the Classical Pursuits community and I think they would find your work uplifting.
Béa Gonzalez (Canada)
March 16, 2006
Thank you very much for introducing me to the Best of the West through your excellent interviews of soul-searching thinkers who constitute the true conscience of the West. I especially enjoyed your interviews of Bill Mollison (permaculture), Vandana Shiva (biopiracy ok, she's of the East) and Jerry Mander (megatechnology). As Islam and Muslims are very much in the limelight now, I humbly propose that you interview Mark Hanson (Muslim name: Hamzah Yusuf). You may already have known of him, but anyway, he is widely considered to be the the most articulate voice of intelligent, educated mainstream Muslims of the West. You may go to the website of his institute to know more about him and the nature of his work (zaytuna.com). It's located somewhere in California, probably not far from your base.
Adi Setia (Malaysia)
February 22, 2006
I came for the Bill Mollison interview and stayed for the rest. Thanks for the great site and please, please don't let it disappear. I don't want to lose the Mollison interview.
Douglas J E Barnes, Permaculture Reflections (Tokyo, Japan)
February 20, 2006
Hello, I have reveiwed your site and come to the conclusion that you have a wonderful understanding of diversity in America. Thank you. I will be using some infomation in a report i am doing for an Americana project. Thanks again with tons of love.
February 17, 2006
I just looked at all your Burning Man photos and Wow! thanks so much for putting together these beautiful images in such a great way. I feel like I just had a little mini-visit back to the playa. Makes me want to go back NOW ... You're very talented.
February 17, 2006
February 16, 2006
You're very handsome and manage to look cool in ruffles. Very unusual in a photographer.
February 12, 2006
Your site was on a list of book reviewers I was given. I write poetry and would be happy to send you a book to review. Please advise and thank you. You have a very impressive site, love the photography.
GeorgeAnne Smith (Oregon)
February 1, 2006
In a search on Jung I became aware of your Anima Mundi interviews. I am most grateful to be able to read interviews and articles on your site. Since I travel often I have found listening to be a very fruitful way of taking in the thoughts of others.
January 18, 2006
Incredible photos. Haven't yet checked out the rest of your site had to vent first. Consistenly interesting and beautiful images and people. Thanks!
Joe Muschinske (New York)
January 10, 2006
Wow!!!! Your pictures are awesome... I was DJ-ing at Trancendance Saturday morning with a nice sunrise to watch and will put up my amateur photos on my webpage soon. But I have a question. Is it possible to use any of your pictures in my gallery, of course with your name and website visible on each picture? Thank you and keep up the good work!!!
Anneli, www.djanneli.com (Stockholm, Sweden)
November 27, 2005
Thank you. I know how you feel about knowing when to be part of the art, and when to "sample" the art around you. Your work brought a huge smile to my face as I recall this year's burn. Keep up the good work.
Paco (New Hampshire)
November 4, 2005
Scott, I cry as I write you these few lines. My first Burning Man was in '98. The best ever!! Haven't been able to go back since then due to different circumstances. I now have a 4-year-old boy who I've been taking to the regional, one in particular, Flipside Austin. He loves it and I want him to experience the BIG BURN. Looking at your photos brings back great memories and the amazing feeling of being there again. I plan on going in '06 and definitely taking my boy with me. Cheers to you and thank you for the beautiful photos.
November 2, 2005
Scott, so many people gift to others during the Burning Man festivities, but some of the best gifts are the photos that really great photographers (such as yourself) post on the Burning Man web site by the time everyone gets home. Thanks/Peace.
Rodney Fontenot (Los Angeles, California)
October 26, 2005
OMG, Scott! Your work is freaking awesome and fantabulous. 2005 was my first burn and there was no way I could fathom how to convey to others who've never experienced it. Your images speak volumes and will help me tell the tale. Thank you!
Penny "Spicey" Tyler (Tennessee)
October 26, 2005
This was my first Burning Man, and you captured it. Thank You.
Katy Yudin (New York)
October 22, 2005
Thanks for the wonderful photos of Burning Man '05. Your portraits are superb. (From a seven-time burner and pro photographer.)
Darien Hope Hooper (California)
October 11, 2005
My first year was also 2000. I have gone twice in succession, but have not returned. Awesome pictures!
Bill Ruiz (Eastern Europe)
October 11, 2005
Wow! Thanks it's almost like I got to go this year.
Michelle Diggs (California)
October 10, 2005
Great images! Thanks from a fellow burner photographer.
Don Jackson, www.donjackson.com (California)
October 7, 2005
This is one of the finest collections of Burning Man photos I’ve seen. Very nice work!
Dexter Styles (California)
October 7, 2005
I don't know you, however, through these Burning Man pictures I can see your soul. It's a beautiful thing. Thank you for capturing these moments. I have never been to Burning Man, but many of my friends have. Attending is something I must do before I die. I do not have the talent that these burners do ... but i have the heart. Beautiful job ... thank you again for making me smile and cry.
LadyMona (Texas, USA)
September 30, 2005
Some people say that photos of Burning Man can't tell the story... I am absolutely sure that yours can! I especially love your portraits! See you back home next year!
September 17, 2005
I found the article on social change very interesting. Thanks.
Aamina Mian (Massachusetts)
July 22, 2005
Just had to write to compliment you on the excellent job you did with your site makeover. I'm a student of media effects and political communication and recently found scottlondon.com while searching for articles on framing. Your new index page is gorgeous and you've inspired me to revisit my own web site in the near future. I look forward to reading your articles and listening to the audio clips. The photography was also a great and unexpected treat.
Carole (North Carolina)
April 20, 2005
I have just discovered your website and I am thoroughly enjoying all the content on it, and I enjoy very much the tone of your interviews. I have just read your review of Ken Wilber's One Taste. If you think he doesn't do autobiography well, you haven't read Grace & Grit. Anyway, keep up the great work, and I look forward to reading and hearing more.
Andrew Davies (Sydney, Australia)
April 1, 2005
If your assessment of Mr. Saul's book is correct then your review is as disappointing as his work: basically unconstructive. With kind regards.
February 14, 2005
I very much appreciate the grace of your work, the interviews, photos, style, profunditity and sharing! Thank you!
February 14, 2005
I was browsing the web and I stumbled across your article entitled, "The Face of Tomorrow: Reflection of Diversity in America." I must admit your article was very eloquent in that it was written very articulately. But I, for one, take a profoundly different stance on your views of diversity in America. One of the biggest dogma's in today's societies is that multiculturalism promotes diversity; that in itself is a fallacy. Multiculturalism is essentially the same as a melting pot because in the end, the result is the same: one culture, one race. Now explain to me where is the diversity in that?
I am a 20 year old white male living in Canada, where multiculturalism is also preached and practiced which I'm certain you're aware of. This issue is of grave concern to me because it affects the identity of my people (European Caucasian). Now before you stereotype me as a white supremist, let me state that I respect other cultures and races, but at a distance. I despise multiculturalism being forced upon me and my brethren because all I see in the future is the decimation of our founding fore fathers 'ideals'.
Your line of thought is detrimental to the existence of not only white people but also others and you must understand that the so called 'utopia' of ultimate freedom that you envision defies human nature. Humans naturally have a tendency to seek partnership amongst people of their own.
I wrote this in approximately 20 minutes and I didn't have time to elaborate or fine tune my points. So take this with a grain of salt, there is more behind my rational then what I typed. But one thing I want to reiterate is that your rhetoric and rationality is going to lead to the destruction of race, not only in America, but to the world abroad. What a boring and dull world it will be, indeed.
I would really appreciate if you took the liberty of reading my rant and responding. I also encourage you visiting www.stormfront.org. It is has a membership of almost 44,000 people that want to preserve the white race. Research the site and learn what its all about. Then go into opposing views and debate your side of the story. If you're a white person with pride in your heritage, I can be certain that you'll reform your views.
Kevin Stewart (Canada)
Reply: Kevin, thanks for your feedback about my article "The Face of Tomorrow." It's been a long time since I wrote it, but I still feel that multiculturalism is a valuable thing (though I really dislike the term because it has been poisoned, in my mind, by tiresome political ideologues).
I live in southern California where there is a lot of cross-pollination between different cultures, as you know. I find it thrilling that something new is being born here that transcends the boundaries of race, ethnicity, and culture. I don't like identifying with the limiting categories of the past.
That doesn't mean I don't value the important place and contribution of individual cultures and traditions. To the contrary. Like you, I value the identity of my people its past, its traditions, its culture and feel those things are sacred. To be preserved. But I try to remain open to the possibility that something new is emerging that draws strength from many cultures and yet represents something distinctly contemporary and unique to the 21st century global village. I think we're evolving as a species toward a more universal culture, one that represents the flowering of human capacities and the fulfillment of our potentialities, no matter what our color or creed.
January 14, 2005
Nearly 30 years ago I read Jerry Mander's then just released book Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television. I worked in advertising in Australia and as a result of reading his book, I gave away my house, car and TV and walked from Sydney to Cairns without riding in a car. That took 7 years. These days I live on a 6m boat still trying to live close the principles laid down by Mander. I plant trees and try to 'educate' people who travel to Australia as tourists.
But wait, there's more. In 1987, I got a $US 500,000 inheritance most of which I spent on a 18 month project managed by my father who lives in Hawaii which involved sending Mander's book to 20,000 people all over the world connected with advertising. He travelled to Hawaii and met with Mander who upon hearing what we had in mind said he would prefer if we didn't do it. But we did it anyway. I have a microfiche list of all the names we sent the book to, still. I often wondered if any of them reacted the way I did and 'gave it all up'. Mander wrote me a couple of times over the years explaining his views and even sent me a hand autographed Absence of the Sacred when it came out in '91. But I have never met him.
You can do 2 things for me: 1) Try to find an email for Mander so I can write him. 2) Can you get the microfiche changed into .pdf files easily at very little or no cost? Thanks.
John Blake, "Weaver in Paradise"
Reply: Thanks for sharing that fascinating account. Jerry didn't have a computer last I spoke with him, let alone e-mail. He told me he hates computers even more than he hates television. But that was several years ago. I don't have his street address anymore. Best way to reach him is probably through his publisher. And, sorry, but I haven't a clue about transferring microfiche to PDF.
November 25, 2004
For years, in my spiritual studies and readings, I have wondered why I do not seem to "connect" to Ken Wilber after all, everywhere I turn, he is quoted, he is brilliant, his writings illustrate ... on and on. Finally, with your review of "The Journals of Ken Wilber" I realize what I have missed with him, and still miss. Great book review, that of One Taste thank you more than words can say.
Chloe (Tuscon, Arizona)
October 17, 2004
Your review of Jerome Bruner’s Culture of Education was just what I needed. Fascinating reading. Thank you and best wishes.
Craig Morris (Crowthorne, UK)
August 25, 2004
Hey, my name is Ashleigh. I am a political science student at the University of Western Australia. I found your essay on "How The Media Frames Political Issues" extremely interesting. I'm basically just writing to say good stuff, good form and to extend a big high 5 in your direction. That's about it really. Catcha later and regards.
Ashleigh Holcz (Australia)
May 19, 2004
Thoroughly enjoy your website. Please keep up your good work. We need more cross discipline intellectual input as you provide.
Etienne Truter (New Zealand)
April 16, 2004
Scott, I just found your interview with Elisabet Sahtouris. Thank you for introducing me and countless others to her work! I am an MA student in environmental education at the University of Victoria. Cheers.
Trevor Walker (British Columbia, Canada)
April 5, 2004
Scott, I read your review of Voltaire's Bastards by John Ralston Saul. I was impressed with your succinct summary of his work but not your conclusion. I don't understand why you are so hard on Saul. You certainly didn't give any valid reasons why we shouldn't be "fooled" by the general acclaim.
On the one hand you castigate the length of argument and the book in general calling it "anything but a pleasure to read" and "maddeningly long", but on the other hand you show disdain for what you percieve as his "intellectual vanity" simply because he is not offering solutions a la your perception of the Socratic method. Would you have him double the length of the book? Or have him cut out half the argument which make his case and then offer solutions to a case not yet made? And make it entertaining as well? Do not the ideas presented challenge your thinking, and is this not the true source of pleasure? Do you not see he cares deeply about the ideas fomenting the "meaningful discussion" which is part of your work, as did Socrates? Is this not a noble intention? Yours is a contradictory stance on Saul's work.
My feeling here is backed up by reading your interview on your web page. It seems to me that the book suggests solutions to the imaginative, without coming right out and stating them. Is this the kind of book written for "a consumer whom we have to please in some way, or an idiot whom we can ignore", to quote from your interview?
Your conclusion that you don't see Saul's noble intention a la Socrates is a curious statement given the length and breadth of the arguments he gave which you don't challenge in any substantive way with your 'maddeningly' short conclusion. The only solution you seem to offer is "don't be fooled" by the acclaim thus don't bother reading a long work with too much argument. I don't think Socrates would be in agreement here.
Furthmore after reading some of your essays, and reviews of others work, I find Saul to be right in line with writers you seem to agree with. An example from your essay "Fraternity, Social Capital and the American Community":
"As he wrote in Making Democracy Work, 'virtuous circles result in social equilibria with high levels of cooperation, trust, reciprocity, civic engagement, and collective well-being.' But the reverse is also true: 'the absence of these traits in uncivic community is also self-reinforcing. Defection, distrust, shirking, exploitation, isolation, disorder, and stagnation intensify one another in a suffocating miasma of vicious circles.'"
Saul is clearly making arguments about the dictatorship of reason, corporatism, the antithesis of which is naturally suggested in the above ideas. Saul's elucidation may be long and to some tedious but required of the subject and the solutions are offered between the lines. Those who require no need of entertainment but seek enlightenment and thus pleasure gained from the exploration of the interior, fomented by facts around us can appreciate the book. Like Saul says in your interview with him, he could give lists of ideas for solutions. In my view what this book is about is fomenting thinking about those ideas.
Perhaps you ought to write a 600 page work, clearly delineating where you think Saul went wrong, and then offer us solutions, of course, which may require some 1200 pages of work. Make certain its a pleasure to read, all 1800 pages. If you can do all that, you are the better and can proclaim the truthfullness of your conclusions. I just think you missed the mark on this one. Regards.
Win Nelson (Canada)
Response: Win, it's a pleasure to receive this kind of feedback. Thank you. I wrote my review of "Voltaire's Bastards" some time ago and remember being disappointed by it, partly I think because the critics had exhausted their superlatives in praise of it and because some were hailing Saul as a new visionary. At the time, it seemed worthwhile to offer a different perspective. But in retrospect, I agree with you: I was too hard on him and on the book. And my criticisms, as you rightly point out, do ring a bit hollow. Perhaps I was over-reacting to the crankiness of the book. Or it's length. I don't know. Other readers of my review have said the same thing, and I'm inclined to agree at this point. In general, I've come around to the view that criticism for its own sake is never constructive and sometimes downright mean-spirited. Who wants to make a living criticizing the works of others, especially those who pour their hearts and souls into their work, as Saul clearly does? Better to say nothing at all. And why not just stick to the good stuff. Thanks again, I'm grateful for your comments.
March 26, 2004
Hi Scott, I stumbled upon your site after doing a search for Voltaire's Bastards in Yahoo. I'm impressed with the content of your site. Right now I'm a senior in highschool. I'm a Christian, but I don't believe it simply because it is what I've been taught. I believe it, because after searching for life's ultimate questions and looking at different worldviews, it is the only thing I find to be true. I want to follow a career path similiar to you. I'm interested in social issues and philosophy. I also enjoy writing. Once again, I enjoy your site, and will be viewing it regularly.
November 11, 2003
You have a wonderful website. It is very informative.
Amala Singh (United Kingdom)
October 11, 2003
Spent the morning pouring over the Ken Wilber/Shambhala website, then went in search of references to Wilber and Krishnamurti, both of whom have influenced my thinking over time. Just read your review of One Taste, which I have not read, but I wanted to comment that the personal KW comes through a bit more in interviews that he has allowed. Interviewing his friends would perhaps tell a different story as well. Clearly the published work of K and Wilber is different in style, intent, and scope. But fluid consciousness comes through in both and I have to guess they would get along famously.
October 10, 2003
Thank you very much for making this wonderful source of information and conversation-provoking ideas available.
Sharon Brown (North Carolina)
September 7, 2003
Thanks be to you for such an insightful and diverse webpage.
July 22, 2003
Just found this site searching Jean Houston interviews. Found more treasures than I could imagine. Thanks for keeping this site up. I am sure you are on to even bigger and better things. Though I think you could rest on these laurels alone. Sincerely,
July 10, 2003
Scott, I just came upon your website today and have been scanning through its content. I am amazed by the parallels in modern business theory and the article you wrote in 1996 "Understanding Change: Strategies for Innovation and Renewal". Many organizations, both commercial and civic, have been unable to embrace the concepts you enumerate and are hell-bent on maintaining the (their) status quo. Collaboration, Customer Relationship Management and other concepts are really a return to the foundations of democracy: equality and fraternity.
Given your current circumstances and the state of the economy, you should get into business and public sector consulting. The world is in need of solutions that can only rise from visionary thinking, something about which you might be able to teach to business and government leaders.
June 21, 2003
Scott, you have certainly accomplished a great deal in your young life. I appreciated, and made a copy for my files, of the nice article you did on my uncle, Harry Ashmore. I guess you might have met with him in Santa Barbara before he died a few years ago. Sincerely,
Jeannette Alva Gregorie Ashmore Jackson
May 15, 2003
I'm a journalism student at the University of Minnesota, and I'm doing a thesis paper on the political "slant" in newspaper stories about welfare/poverty/economics in the United States. I read your article about media bias. Thank you so much for your excellent and comprehensive analysis of media slant in overall news coverage. It has already been a great help to me, and it's about time someone took a closer look at the "liberal media" myth.
May 13, 2003
Love your web site. Your take on the decline of journalism is absolutely right on target. Sadly, since you wrote "The Trouble with American Journalism" the situation has gone from bad to worse. I can't believe how driven by expediency and ratings TV news has become and it appears that print journalism is not far behind in protecting the corporate bottomline rather than serving the public interest. Just wanted to know that you're doing something worthwhile and that sooner or later the public is going to realize what we're losing. Best regards,
Steve Bonser (California)
May 9, 2003
Discovered your site when researching for info on Barbara Ehrenreich, a favorite author of mine. You reviewed her book, Fear of Falling: The Rise and Fall of the Middle-Class. I have seen Ms. Ehrenreich at several appearances, the latest, Oct. 30th, at UCSD campus near my home. Have you read her later book, Nickeled and Dimed to Death in America? It's a good read, and I'm sure it would make a great review. Your work sounds fascinating, and I would like to be on your email list.
Lillian H (San Diego, California)
February 9, 2003
Thanks for your informative website. I read with interest your essays, particularly on electronic democracy, which were written during the Clinton era. But how is electronic democracy playing out under Dubya's war-mongering regime? The justification for war by Bush and Blair has been exposed in the alternative media, especially in the internet, as based mostly on lies and misinformation. The mainstream media, in contrast, have been generally uncritical of the Bush-Blair push for war. Can electronic democracy stop the war or influence the course of events? Could you please address this question in your wonderful website?
Floro Quibuyen (Australia)
February 5, 2003
Just a thank you for providing such an interesting place to visit. I read quite afew of your book reviews, as I'm writing a deep think on higher education.
Michael deCourcy Hinds (New York City)
October 7, 2002
I have just come across your article "Understanding Change" on your website and have found it extremely useful for my research. I am currently trying to find out about "theories of change" with respect to generating change, particularly in the context of conflict resolution work. I have been able to draw a number of useful names and reading suggestions from your article, especially Chin, Benne and Bennis. Thank you very much.
Helen Barnes (United Kingdom)
April 17, 2002
Hello! Just wanting to send you a little appreciation for being a fellow content provider on the web. I'm doing a sermon about Permaculture for Earth Day and your interview with Bill Mollison was just great. I hope its okay if I quote from it in my sermon. I put all my sermons on the web so I'll link to your site so people can see your extensive archive. I first heard Bill interviewed on a public radio station in Tampa, FL. He is spellbinding to listen to because he has such an important message for the world and it makes so much sense! Faithfully yours,
Sam Trumbore, www.trumbore.org (Albany, New York)
April 10, 2002
Thank you for your interviews, they give precious connection with wonderful people of the world. I really appreciated your shows on KCBX.
Glenn (Los Osos, California)
April 7, 2002
I quote from your interview with Richard Rodriguez:
"When Richard Rodriguez entered first grade at Sacred Heart School in Sacramento, California, his English vocabulary consisted of barely fifty words. All his classmates were white."
Why do you have to adopt such a racist pitch? Richard Rodriguez is also "white", just like a Hungarian is "white"; his skin color is dark like that of many Mediterraneans or Israelis. You really meant to tell us that he was not an English speaker and a Mexican. I am sure that this was part of your selling tactics. Rest assured that if you were Mexican, Mr London, you would also be called a coconut. Don't be so naive. I know that you and your acolytes would love to convert this man into a James Baldwin. We have here a self-made western man dealing with a herd of semi-educated racialist barbarians, like yourself. Best wishes.
Dr. Del Monico
April 6, 2002
Have just finished reading John Ralston Saul's book Voltaire's Bastards, and it had actually made me so angry by the end of it, I resolved to sit down and write to a good friend of mine who had recommended the book to me. Before doing so, I typed the book's name and author into Google and your review popped up. I just thought I should write to you and say how much I agreed with your review. I have laboured through this book for the past three months (I'm a slow reader!), agreeing with Saul's observations, arguments and insights, but dismayed that the book did not progress to offer any solutions. As a professional and very much a product of Saul-observed "systems" it angered me, and the exercise of reading this book did not inspire me at all. It actually reminded me of Karl Marx's Das Capital a fantastic critique of society (and its ills) at the time of writing, but not offering any tangible solutions. Socriatic maybe but academic and hollow. Thanks for your review really well written, by the way.
Benjamin Preston (United Kingdom)
April 6, 2002
Hello sir, nice to see your information on web, your personal site is brilliant, i like it. best wish to you,
Qinqin Gun (Beijing, China)
November 29, 2001
You and Lasch define sophistry
October 24, 2001
Scott, our paths are now crossing!! I am excited to see a piece of the unique work / life you are creating. I am going on 33 and am finding that the life that I thought I would live as an adult (formed when I was a child) will not satisfy the growth I am experienceing. This leave be a bit at a loss. I do not know where to turn. Your site is allowing me to "bone up" on some of the talented people of our time. I have practiced Zen meditation for 5 years now and I have cleared a path ... it feels like I am awaiting a call, or sign. I hope to find a next step in the material on your site. Thank you putting your work out there where others can find it.
October 11, 2001
What an articulate and thorough overview of Robert Coles.
October 1, 2001
As quite often the case, surfing the net brought me to Insight & Outlook...what route I took to find you, I can't now remember...which seems to be either a memory problem or a side-effect of net-surfing. Either way I was very pleased to find you. Why was Insight & Outlook taken off the air after 4 years? It seems to be just as significant a time to be able to access this type of program through regular media, other than internet. I hope a forum will present itself again, either on radio or tv, so that it can reach a broader audience than those who perchance ride the wave to your door. Yours sincerely,
Deborah Koyata (Waterdown, Ontario)
September 16, 2001
I discovered your website in a never ending search/quest for contacting the inimitable James Hillman. The fact that you created the rare opportunity to interview this genius (or his nutshell and accompanying genius) is tremendously appreciated (and enviable). The fact that he consented to one speaks volumes about who you are and the respect you must command and inspire, both as writer and soul.
I enjoy your writing, and your website. Especially the remembrance of Edward Murrow. No one else seems to remember him like I do, and I was a baby in his hey day. A left handed intuitive brilliant feeling mind, your 'London Calling' meant a great deal to me. It so happens that I am an Anglophile and my spiritual roots are of a Scots and celtic ancient place. To see, 'Scott London' was really, really cool. Just to me. What a perfect name.
Please tell me how to listen to any of your radio broadcasts in the future. Especially, in light of the recent events of September 11th. I would love to read/hear your thoughts and observances.
September 12, 2001
Your criticism of the work of a social critic is fascinating. You state that ultimately John Ralston Saul's work fails to satisfy you, because it presents only critical analysis, not alternative solutions. Is it not the role of the critic to present exactly what Saul has presented, and thereby to stimulate thought? If not, then what is the nature of your critique of his work? Is it your point that in social structures, objection cannot be made, questions cannot be asked, unless the responses / answers are provided by the objector / questioner? I know irony escapes many / most Americans, and that, it appears, is as it should be.
Peter Mahony (Australia)
September 10, 2001
You are working very interestingly and productively. I have read your texts and have to say that they helped me to know new point of views on my subject. Thank you very much. I am a Russian sociologist focusing on the history of American polls: philosophical, methodological, technological, and other aspects. You have an interesting essay on John Dewey. I agree with your interpretations of his creativity and your conclusions. On the other hand, your text has stimulated my questions. Have you thought about parallels between Dewey's and Lord Bryce's ideas (speculations)? Could we say about Dewey's influence on George Gallup? You know that Gallup cited Bryce regularly. Thanks a lot again,
Boris Doktorov, Ph.D.
July 15, 2001
Scott, I discovered your site through the interview with Sam Keen. I've used his video "Your Mythic Journey" in my classes for many years. As that implies, I'm a teacher, though I currently have a lack of class. My field is English (college level), though I prefer to tell people I don't teach English; I use English to teach. That keeps the focus on the student as subject, not the course title. If you encounter a moment that needs filling, you might take a look at the site I've begun building titled Pedagogy, Philosophy, and Nonsense. Some of the ideas are adapted from Sam Keen's work as it has influenced my teaching. Please pass the site address on to anyone you think might enjoy it. I enjoyed reading the interview and will continue perusing the site between the various other things I tell myself I should do.
Forrest D. Poston (Evansville, Indiana)
June 11, 2001
Thanks for the kind review.
Bryan Appleyard (London, UK)
June 8, 2001
Scott, you have made me a happy man! I was doing some research and happened across your site! It is wonderful! Like you, I fit into the description of a "hyphenated" professional, someone with a splintered identity whose work, for better or worse, spans conventional boundaries. I am an independent consultant putting into place and making a reality of my dream to create an African-American environmental policy, education and research firm. In the Shona language of Zimbabwe, "danhiko" means stepping stone, ladder, and / or bridge. As a native of Bedford Stuyvestant Brooklyn, I prefer the concept of bridge most since I grew up near the Brooklyn and Williamsburg bridges. Greatly appreciate your time, your work, and your response.
June 7, 2001
Hi Scott. Just wanted to say thanks for a couple things. The first is self-explanatory it is from my journal:
"Just decided to create a new section of my website called 'Panning for Gold.' This is a beautiful expression for me and my writing on this site. I thank Chuck Wolfe for coming up with it. He used it when he told me what it was like going through my website! I said, 'Well, I am glad you think there is some gold in there.' He said, 'Oh, yes. Definitely' So thanks for that, Chuck! I also want to thank Scott London, because after I looked at his site, I was reminded that I need to stop writing about other people's ideas and start writing more about my own ideas."
Also, thanks for this comment from your ONN interview: "And wisdom, I believe, is revealed in who we are, not what we think or say" Best wishes,
Steve Hein, EQ for Everybody
May 4, 2001
Scott, I discovered your website a week or two ago. I have listened to a couple of the interviews and have purchased or checked out of the local library several of the books listed. Thanks for taking the time to prepare the site and share the contents.
I posted the following at www.culturalcreatives.org a few minutes ago. It provides an abbreviated introduction to myself:
"Prompted by what I thought was a flaw in our urban design policies, I have spent much of the past nine years researching topics such as personality types, economics, social evolution, government policy, etc. My conclusion is that our society is dominated and shaped by individuals and institutions who support the status quo primarily because they have an economic vested interest in maintaining the system and/or are unaware of the insidious consequences of the system. One of the reasons why cultural creatives remain below the radar screen is that they are typically key players in this system. A system driven by specialization and standardization. Due to the scale of this system, creativity is not encouraged except in technology and maybe advertising both areas that lead, ironically, to more standardization and specialization. My goal over the past couple of years has been to determine a way for cultural creatives to transition to a way of living that supports their core beliefs. I believe that one way of reaching self actualization is through providing a unique food and shelter experience. (Maslow would be proud.) After all, the number one desired occupation of cultural creatives is probably becoming an innkeeper. However, the time requirements of being an innkeeper tend to stifle creativity. My idea is to develop a network of independent facilities that provide a venue for teaching cooking classes (culinary arts), gardening and other creativity-related topics. Martha Stewart sans commecialism. Facilities can be operated as working restaurants/inns that provide an income for the students. Courses can be a day or six months and students can go on to be involved with developing and/or operating other facilities in the network all on an independent basis. One benefit of this solution is that it has the potential to inject some life into neighborhoods that need a vibrancy injection. Please send me your feedback."
Matt Herbert (Spokane, Washington)
May 3, 2001
Thank you very much. I really appreciate you. Your information is so helpful to my study. May you be always happy .... I'd like to express my thanks, but my English is too poor. Thanks again.
Hyunho Ham (South Korea)
March 30, 2001
I've been a real fan of your work for a long time and was sorry to see your program go off the air ... But I'm pleased to have found your web site and look forward to exploring it. I'm a student of religion, mathematics, philosophy, human potential, etc. and your work is a real inspiration. Have fun, and keep up the great work!
Bob Metz (San Luis Obispo, California)
March 28, 2001
I am an MA student (Public Communication and PR) at the University of Westminster. I am so glad I came found your excellent website with such rich and diverse topics. I particularly like paper on "How the Media Frames Political Issues". I will sure recommend your work to all my friends and classmates. Do you have anything on political lobbying? I have a seminar to conduct early next month and the topic is "Political lobbying is inevitably becoming sleazy" I have to agree with the statement and I will have to face someone who disagrees. Sincerely,
Nomia Machebe (London, UK)
March 21, 2001
Scott, I was reading your interview with Margaret Wheatley and I am curious if you know what companies if any embrace her philosophy? I am in OD and looking to find a new job. I would like to pursue newer companies with more open thinking, like companies that would believe in Margaret.
February 20, 2001
I am a graduate Journalism student at West Virginia Unversity doing my Masters thesis on the media framing of the murders of rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. I came across your website and the citations on your review paper should prove to be helpful on their own, but I was hoping you may be able to give me some ideas on useful sources relating to media framing of hip-hop figures, culture, etc. I've been having trouble locating articles specific to framing of hip-hop. Any relevant framing material would be appreciated though. Thanks in advance and keep up the good work! Sincerely,
Mark Rutherford (West Virginia)
January 8, 2001
Scanning the internet for information around Jerry Mander, I recently became aware of Insight & Outlook and www.scottlondon.com. To the very pleasure of my mind & soul full of inspiring interviews, articles and reviews. Thank you.
Lisa L. (Netherlands)
September 26, 2000
Scott, I enjoyed very much the interviews and reading. I am very impressed by your work and your ideas and your thoughts. I am particularly intrigued by the idea of discovering one's own genius or calling. I, as you are, am a tremendous fan of Joseph Campbell and value tremendously his prescription to "follow your bliss." It seems as though I spend much of my time each day examining this very idea and how I might apply it to my own life. It is quite a struggle.
May 30, 2000
Many years ago, more than I care to recall, during my university days at a time when I was in a Greek fraternity but struggling with wider issues of sibling rivalry (6 brothers, 2 sisters), and my own deeper issues of identity I read an important book. An important book I chanced upon solely due to its use of the word "fraternity" in the title. I wrote notes and journal entries from it. It inspired me with its rigors of thought, no surmise within it that was not strictly justified by the line of thought, and etc. So, all that to say, thanks for posting your article "On Fraternity, Social Capital and the American Community," to your web site, where I could stumble upon it, almost by chance. It has been the only mention of McWilliams' book I've ever seen other than in my own lists of great books. I hadn't realized it EVER had any currency, but to me it was one of the marvelous books. Keep up the good work.
May 16, 2000
Last night I read your Oct. '99 interview with Sam Keen in The Sun. This was my first exposure, I believe, to your work or Sam's. I connected A LOT with what was being talked about in the article and I set out on the internet to see if I could find some contact info for Sam Keen. Soon, I arrived at your homepage. Now, I think I need to stop and read some of your papers on the web. I think I connect with you, too.
[minutes later, after skimming several documents] OK, overload. You're pushing all my buttons, too. How can I connect with more folks who are interested in discussing a lot of these same things?
Let me back up here a bit a give a bit of my biography. I think my worldview has foundations in that the interconnectedness of all things, the quaker notion that everyone has a piece of the truth, and the fuzziness of it all. That is, if the answers are binary, you're probably asking the wrong question. :) So I'm a multi-issue person. I think about a lot of things. Realizing that both Sam and yourself are busy folks with lots of draws on your attention, I'll boil down my enthusiasm at the moment to a single question :). This is primarily meant for Sam, but you may have pointers as well. I'm hoping you could forward this question to Sam (assuming he has e-mail) and he can answer as he wishes (or not. :).
Question: In researching the benefits of freestyle sports, almost all the interesting information I've found as been on the negative impact of competitive sports. I've collected my resources on those here. However, I prefer to focus on the positive. I'm not particularly against competition. Rather I'm for freestyle activities such as juggling, rock climbing, hackey sack and skateboarding. About the only analysis of found that's related to this is the document called "Sex-Segregation in Skateboarding", linked to from here. Here, the author talks some about the value "female model sports" to some degree, where the female model sport has a lot to do with cooperation. Do you know of other resources where I can learn more about the value of cooperative sports in general or a particular cooperative activity in particular? Thanks for your help and good luck!
Mark (Richmond, Indiana)
May 10, 2000
My name is Mark Wenzel and I'm a masters student in media at the London School of Economics. Many of us (at a professor's recommendation) have read your paper on teledemocracy and deliberative democracy. It was very helpful thanks for writing it. I was wondering if you had, or knew of, an updated literature review of e-democracy. Your paper from '94 is interesting but a bit dated. Please let me know if you have any suggestions. Sincerely,
Mark Wenzel (London, UK)
February 19, 2000
I thoroughly enjoyed reading your article "Electronic Democracy," and I have quoted from it for use by my high school seniors who are representing Michigan in the "We, the People: the Citizen and the Constitution" national competition. Our Unit VI questions invariably include some about electronic plebiscites, and if you are not already familiar with the work of the Center for Civic Education, you might find more information on this subject. I have also been actively involved with the Kettering Foundation for years in the National Issues Forums. You people do good work.
Deb Snow (Michigan)
February 12, 2000
I read the review of Ken Wilber's One Taste on your site and consider it well balanced. Nice point about revealing and discovering. I guess Ken only writes up the results of this discoveries, which he then tries to explain to the readers. Much of the wrestling is hidden from the reader. I am just finishing a book about him in which this dimension is captured too. The trouble is, he keeps adding book after book, and i try to remain up to date. After One Taste we have now several new manuscripts.
Frank Visser, www.integralworld.net (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
September 15, 1999
Came across your columns and home page and spent several hours transfixed amazing. I was expecting left or right wing diatribes and what I got was thoughtful instead stop you are blowing my mind. I am an online journalist in the brave new world order of cyber journalism which is in a transitional phase like everything else. Your stuff is wonderful God bless God for happy accidents and serendipity. May the force be with you.
Diane Alden (Minnesota)
August 30, 1999
I have read through your book review of The Third Wave. It was very interesting and stimulating. Please allow me to ask you few questions on some of the topics inside that I am bit confused in comparison to the Pacific perspectives in relation to democracy. Would you kindly elaborate more on your book review? - What do you think about democracy without development? However, it has been my interest to know more about democracy and thanks that I came across your very interesting book review of The Third Wave by browsing through the internet. Thank you.
Pula Maatia Toafa (Fiji)
April 13, 1999
I thoroughly enjoyed your interview with Sam Keen, conversation with Joel Metzger (ONN), and two book reviews (Coles and Bruner). Will read more listed at your home page. Thanks for sharing these insights and outlooks in articles and as host on KCBX public radio. I will try to keep up-to-date with your leading edge dialogues.
January 25, 1999
I'm writing from Sydney, Australia. I've just put online a community web site www.kuringgai.net. It's a first for Sydney and in part I'm hoping to create a model for other communities or at least show that it can be done. Obviously it is a not-for-profit site and sometimes I think I do it for fun. In researching online communities, I came across your article "Civic Networks" which is about the most sensible thing I've read on the topic. It helped clarify what I was trying to do. I would like to put your article on the site to help others understand the online community as well. No one as yet is looking at the site and what I've done is abstract the article as a short intro on the home page with a link to the complete article and your contact e-mail. I wonder if you could look at the site and let me know what you think. If you don't want me to use your work, that's OK, I'm sure I'll recover in time. Also if you have any tips or advice to hand on online communities, I'd be grateful.
Jack (Sydney, Australia)
January 20, 1999
As a former radio talk show producer (WOR-AM, New York) I appreciate the thoughtful preparation and care you clearly put into your work. You more than most people know how much we need more journalists who track the pioneers... I also love the "resonance of voices," heightened in radio, and the vibrational information which comes through in a person's voice is definitely LOADED with wisdom and healing energy. More than TV, print or internet, radio can give me a "ZING" like nothing else...Well, I don't need to rave about radio here, but I do agree with you, want to thank you for your time with Joel Metzger and wish you all the best in your future endeavors. May the wonders of the universe continue to fill your heart with joy, laughter and zeal.
Lisa Wesson (New York)
August 17, 1998
For your information, I have linked to your website from The Rocamora School site. From the links page: "sites on giftedness, awareness, applied spirituality." This adult school site has articles, interviews and other resources on creativity and giftedness, and information on awareness training to enhance intuition and talent development.
Douglas Eby (Beverly Hills, California)
June 21, 1998
Just to say hello and thank you. I was looking for something on John Ralston Saul on the Net I have been enjoying his book The Doubter's Dictionary and although I have been unable to find a whole site that focuses on his work, I was pleased to find your site. I live in Sydney, Australia, so I have never heard your broadcasts. My computer is a modest construction, and I cannot hear foreign audio yet, but I look forward to doing that in the next couple of years. I will explore your home page links further in the next couple of weeks. The work you are doing is so good, and I feel fortunate to be able to find it. Thank you.
Susan Anthony (Sydney, Australia)
April 30, 1998
The Economic Security Project has added a link to your website on our website, www.igc.org because we were impressed with the quality and content of your website and would like to support your efforts.
Lenny Reiter, Economic Security Project
April 21, 1998
A short note expressing my thanks. I'm writing, of all things, a comic book that deals with intersections between science fiction and politics. I found "Electronic Democracy" very well-researched and helpful. All the best.
T. Campbell (United Kingdom)
April 9, 1998
Just wanted to say thanks for posting very informative reviews so that hard wirking students like myself can experience the opinion of other readers. I took a peek at your review of Demosclerosis after reading the book myself for a paper due in a polistical science class I am enrolled in this semester. Needless to say it gave me some extra ideas of critisim to put in my paper. I was amazed at all the reviews you have posted. How many books do you read in a month?? Anyway, after the review I continued to scroll down your web page and noticed your "bio" link. I read it and then I was just inspired to send a "thank you" to you for the review page. Keep up the excellence.
Larry Penigo-Smith (Nashville, Tennessee)
March 18, 1998
Re: your review of Voltaire's Bastards. Thank you for posting this where I could find it on the Net. I have read and enjoyed the book, which is quite entertaining at times, though the point is laboured ad nauseam, and found most of the reactions of friends, foes and reviews to be generally unenlightening praise from the converted, mostly. Your point about cultural criticism for its own sake degenerating into cocktail talk is so true : and the appeal to Socratic tradition reveals the color of the emperor's clothes; I have yet to find in Plato a question Socrates asked that was not guided by a very firm vision of how things should be and a deep concern for the polity. I will look up the rest of your texts the title list is impressive.
March 1, 1998
Thank you for doing this work, Sir London! I wrote sir just to catch your attention as I suspect you are enormously busy. Thank you for having this site. And doing this work. It is wonderful I appreciate it very much.
Fritz Weidner (East Vasselboro, Maine)
February 2, 1998
Kia ora, my name is Murray Hawke. I am Maori indigenous person of New Zealand. Thank you for your very insightful web page. Issues that I am involved for life. I'm 25 and work for the largest trade union in our country . Social consciousness and awareness is a major part of my job and I meet with many different types of people regularly and depending on where there knowledge base is people can progress through there own awareness process towards social responsibility. I guess I am writing to say hello and make contact with you. I respect your ideas and look forward to reading / emailing / and maybe communicating in the future.
Murray Hawke (New Zealand)
January 5, 1998
Just wanted to say thanks for the useful info on your home page. I particularly enjoyed the interview with Sam Keen. I'm a therapist intern who runs men's groups in Ventura County and I often use his material.
Craig Chalquist, M.S. (California)
January 4, 1998
I read your interview with John Ralston Saul and your subsequent review of his work. What leaves me unsettled is the Letterman/Stern approach of talk show/journalism that is apparent in this work. The interview is non-confrontational and yet the review, in the absence of the author is bully-boy bravado. Individuals in your position, with your access to many minds, need to be extremely responsible. The issues that face us aren't about you. Stern and Letterman belittle their victims in the hopes that they'll elevate themselves. These men are psychic cannibals who believe that by eating the reputation of great lives they'll instill greatness in themselves.
Rick Donaldson (Canada)
January 1, 1998
I have been visiting your web page and decided to email you. Your professional life is impressive, and your web page is full of goodies. I have been looking at your links and the papers, interviews, articles and book reviews, really neat stuff. I could stay busy here a long time! I will continue to look at your site and will bookmark it, you have a lot of very interesting information and I have it at my finger tips ... thanks to your labors!
Dave (Pittsburg, California)
November 11, 1997
I liked your interview with Marianne Williamson. May I translate it to Swedish and put it on my site?
Gudrun Fleetwood (Uppsala, Sweden)
October 18, 1997
I haven't often written to complete strangers after reading something of theirs on the 'net. Although, come to think of it, as I've started thinking more and more about where all this technology fits into the concept of community, I find that I'm doing it more often. In any event, in case you couldn't yet tell, I just finished reading your "Civic Networks: Building Community on the Net" piece and want to say thanks for the time and effort, but most of all the ideas and conundrums you brought forth. So, thanks for the zillions of ideas that are now churning in my head.
Jennifer Hicks (Massachusetts)
August 28, 1997
I would like to use your essay on "Teledemocracy vs. Deliberative Democracy" as an exemplar for my graduate class in the Literature of Journalism at the University of South Carolina. You have combined the new and the classic in a powerful way. My students will be reading Milton's Areopagitica, Locke's Second Treatise on Government and Rousseau's Social Contract. I want them to write an essay discussing how the ideologies and philosophies of these thinkers will influence the development of Internet. While I know that they will not be able to achieve it, I would like to give them your essay as a high standard to try to reach. Thanks.
Alan Fried (South Carolina)
August 23, 1997
I have been looking at your excellent review of the electronic democracy literature, dated from 1994. It is a tremendous assist to me, and I'll be quoting it in my work. My PhD topic concerns interactive technologies and democracy in the (government) workplace, and the literature on computer mediated communication deals with this to some extent. I also notice that Rob Kling's book on computerisation and controversy doesn't really deal with workplace democracy issues. I am wondering if you know of any substantial work relating to workplace electronic democracy and its connection with wider governmental processes dealing with the public.
Karin Giselhart (Canberra, Australia)
July 3, 1997
Greetings. I've stumbled upon various articles and reviews of yours several times as I searched the net and have just found your homepage. Enjoyed almost all your work: what wonderful breadth. Most recently read your interview with Pico Iyer whose essays in TIME I've been searching out for years. Thank you for your writing.
Maya (Nova Scotia, Canada)
June 1, 1997
Scott, I retrieved your paper at www.pin.org and wish to ask if you have updated this publication or if you have another paper. My passion is knowledge sharing in virtual communities so your article was of considerable interest. An aspect that I'm looking at right now is how to gauge the level of trust in a community. Any ideas you may have to share on ways to measure or speed attaining trust would be greatfully received. Regards.
D. Grey (Indianapolis, Indiana)
May 24, 1997
Great Reading! I am currently taking a graduate course at Golden Gate University in San Francisco named "Being Wired/Being Human." We have been speaking about online communities and your writings were very helpful and informative. Thanks!
Francisco J. Loza (San Francisco, California)
April 12, 1997
Having recently discovered your homepage, I've greatly enjoyed its offerings, particularly the interviews. I've been living in the Philippines for the past eight months on a reporting fellowship from the Henry Luce Foundation (sending "18 young Americans to Asia every year in different professions to promote understanding across cultures" it seems a bit hokey, but it's been an incredible experience that makes me want to question what I want to be when I "grow up."), and desperately miss my NPR and the like (yours falling in the "like" category). Looking forward to continued readings from your corner.
Aparna Mukherjee (Philippines)
March 29, 1997
I've just read your article "Civic Networks: Building Community on the Net". Well done! It mirrors my own experience and thinking very closely. I appreciate how you point out both the benefits and the pitfalls of online interaction. Such a thoughtful, balanced, and realistic viewpoint is hard to find. Most writing about this subject tends to be either uniformly positive or uniformly negative.
David Wolley (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
January 11, 1997
Scott, thanks for the comments on my "CyberSociety" review and my web site. I've just started browsing your site, which also has some great stuff in it!
Danny Yee, www.dannyreviews.com (Sydney, Australia)
December 5, 1996
I'm very impressed by the wide range of areas & disciplines you cover in your work. I'm 27, have broad interests, like to learn and build, and am feeling increasing pressure to "specialize". Journalism is too observational for me (on top of my lacking the immense perseverence and talent currently called for in that field). Any advice or thoughts on other "fence-straddling" ways to make a living?
Jacob (New York City)
November 26, 1996
Allow me to congratulate you on your paper regarding the nature of change; it has given me a unique and global insight on some of the social phenomena ocurring in the world today. Your excellent summary of the most reputed authors on the subject is a showcase for those authors who pretend to ignore specialization in favor of a more global view. It is true that we need thinkers like yourself who can find a way to apply the discoveries of one discipline to a range of other fields. In short, you belong to the holistic species within mankind, a group which I modestly try to emulate.
Jacques Sprenger (Mexico)
September 13, 1996
It is with great pleasure that I meet you through net. I've read some papers and articles in your home page. Especially some articles on cyber-politics such as "Teledemocracy vs. Deliberative Democracy" make me to read carefully. I think that a paper of "Electronic Democracy: A Literature Survey" also is well-summerized review. So I am going to introduce it to Korean readers interested in this area publicly. I wonder how you as author think about it. If confirmed, your paper is pressed in a book, which will be edited by me for purpose of review and observation of foreign informaional socio-political trends. I hope it will do well and your message will be introduced to Korean readers nicely and exactly. And I think it is better that your profile, list of workings, and author's letter are pressed together. If possible, please send what you think to me via e-mail. Thanks and best regards,
S.K.Hong (South Korea)
June 23, 1996
I visited your homepage today and want to tell you that I appreciate the opportunity to read your work. Skimming the screen while my printer does its thing, I'm intrigued by your interview with Pico Iyer and your paper, "Understanding Change." Will read at leisure.
I don't know the proper method to thank someone for sharing his work on the Net. Seems like an incredible luxury to find intellectually stimulating and enjoyable writing just waiting out there in cyberspace. By the way, I found you because I was looking for anything on the Web relative to Anatole Broyard. There is a fascinating essay on him, life and work, in the June 17 New Yorker.
I'll visit your page again.
May 3, 1996
I recently discovered your home page. Congratulations on entrusting to the ether your articles and your reviews. I have a particular interest in much of what you say, because here in Ontario Canada we wrestle with issues similar to yours in America. We often feel caught between the upper jaw of big government and the lower jaw of an unfettered free market. One solution is to get out of this dichotomized mouth by looking for civic stengths likely to counterbalance the two jaws. Folks like you in California or Prague or Bogota or Toronto do all of us a service by finding and sharing the best ideas among us.
John Butler (Ontario, Canada)
March 16, 1996
I enjoyed very much your interview with Marianne Williamson. I would like to read anything else you can offer about this remarkable woman's thoughts, ideas, philosophy.
Yehoshua Zamir (Israel)
December 16, 1995
Just visited your home page and found it very rich in content. I was especially attracted to the extensive book review section. I will shortly get into your papers because I am embarking on a public involvement project in Kuwait City. But the real reason I am writing this is to ask you why you have not included a list of URLs for like-minded sites? Thank you for the efforts.
Edward Flaherty (Kuwait)
December 13, 1995
I just read through your interesting and informative Nov. 1995 review article for Pew, "Collaboration and Community." Thanks for making it electronically available. I've been working on a Kellogg Foundation-sponsored project in upstate New York that is an experiment in trying to institutionalize multicommunity and multiagency collaborative relationships for the purposes of community and economic development, broadly defined. Your article pointed me in some new directions to look for a framework within which to reconceptualize our work as we work through our evaluation process. There is a small but growing literature with the specific focus we're involved in, which you come close to mentioning (eg. in Flora et al). Anway, thanks again for the paper.
David Kay (Ithaca, New York)
June 30, 1995
Thank you for posting the review of Christopher Lasch's The Revolt of the Elites. You might find interesting (and somewhat similar) a book by Jean-Marie Guehenno titled La Fin de la Democratie (published in France by Flammarion, 1993). I picked it up (after a one year chase, got the paperback...) on a The Economist recommendation. It's fairly short (less than 200 pages, I think). I appreciated the insights the author put into it e.g. the matter of image-vs-content and corruption in politics. His perspective is that "the deed is done, let's save what we can". Cheers,
May 23, 1995
Re: Peripheral Visions by Mary Catherine Bateson. Nice review. I read Peripheral Visions a few months ago and thought it was brilliant. Cheers.
David Kellogg (North Carolina)
February 16, 1995
Thank you for your review of Robert Wuthnow's book Sharing the Journey and the one on Rediscovering Christianity. I feel if I get this kind of information on the net even 2 times a week, it is worth my addmission fee. Keep it up!!!!!!!
January 27, 1995
Just wanted to let you know that I appreciate your material. So good to have access to good stuff. Two potential sources for interviews: 1.) Living Within Limits - Garrett Hardin; 2.) Hope - Bill Mckibben. The great thing for me is that you are local and with KCBX. Keep it up.
Bill Deneen (Nipomo, California)