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2005 LETTERS

In Praise of Excess (December 28, 2005)
"It’s just possible that creative, grand people occasionally do need boilermakers coursing in their veins."  To read more, click here.

Why Experts Are Wrong! (December 21, 2005)
"It’s not clear, in other words, that experts should run the world, because, curiously, they rule out the complex, in favor of one-way, my-way notions."  To read more, click here.

In Search of Perfection (December 14, 2005)
"The creative insight and the hint of perfection always lurks at the margins, somewhere hidden from view."  To read more, click here.

Why Not Turn Back the Clock? (December 7, 2005)
"Let’s save something worth saving—that century of independent thinking that gave birth to our country."  To read more, click here.

Men at Work (November 30, 2005)
"If people are to labor without pause, they need to know their work adds up to something.  But the system turns them into robots programmed to ladle out bad porridge."  To read more, click here.

New York: Chacun A Son Gout (November 23, 2005)
"The chase for the perfect and the elusive in Manhattan is a great deal of fun, leavened by the knowledge that sooner or later you will find something worth having."  To read more, click here.

Just One Fish in the Big Pond (November 16, 2005)
"[W]ith the end of the Cold War, there’s not one center, or two centers, but a host of nodes that control our economy and our politics.  If we face that reality, then we will have a better future.."  To read more, click here.

Big Footprints (November 9, 2005)
"It’s hard to have Big Ideas about small products and small markets, so nano-thinking has taken over the stage and tried to come to grips with a declining economy by offering niche products aimed at fractions of the market."  To read more, click here.

Just a Crapshoot (November 2, 2005)
"In a world that’s in utter turmoil and a world economy that’s equally roiled, the high rollers are still out shooting a little craps."  To read more, click here.

The Medicine Men; the Cancer Paradox (October 26, 2005)
"At the point when specialists infected the health system in America, we started treating diseases instead of curing people."  To read more, click here.

In Search of a Joke (October 19, 2005)
"We have long known that art and propaganda don’t mix very well: eventually propaganda, not art, becomes the goal, and the audience races for the doors."  To read more, click here.

Lorenzo's Oil (October 12, 2005)
"We believe that in a world of distributed intelligence and virtual networks value is added by unlikely partnerships."  To read more, click here.

BioWillie (October 5, 2005)
"Our sober leaders tell us that so-called alternate energy sources will never provide more than a drop in the bucket of our energy needs.  It’s fossil fuel and atomic fission/fusion or nothing, and don’t stop to think about global warming.  Or so they say."  To read more, click here.

Sportsmanship (September 28, 2005)
"Is the essence of sportsmanship a graciousness of spirit that allows one to treat one’s antagonists as comrades?"  To read more, click here.

Acadia and Other Deviations off the Beaten Track (September 21, 2005)
"It is morbid to quiver over what’s past, but it is simply exciting to hone in on the future."  To read more, click here.

Gales of Creative Destruction? Islands of Self Reliance (September 14, 2005)
"The trouble, lately, of course is that we have had a lot of destruction—without the creative."  To read more, click here.

Not to Worry (September 7, 2005)
"There are two types of seer in Wall Street."  To read more, click here.

The Uses of Prayer (August 31, 2005)
"Prayer has something to do with saving oneself.  But, as well, we think it is part and parcel of reconstructing society in the 21st century."  To read more, click here.

Restoration in August (August 24, 2005)
"Gardening, as it turns out, is very much about worms and water, the terrestrial infrastructure which makes all things possible."  To read more, click here.

Investment Outlook: Infrastructure (August 17, 2005)
"We are still a long ways off from the kind of collaboration we require to move on the biggest problems of the world.  In many ways, conquering space and time is not a technical problem, but more of a psychological or ethical problem."  To read more, click here.

Anthony Converse (August 10, 2005)
"We are peopled with talented, advantaged men and women.  But they lack purpose."  To read more, click here.

The Healthy Society (August 3, 2005)
"As near as we can tell, we are very much getting the wrong answers about how to set health care to rights because we are asking the wrong questions."  To read more, click here.

The Collapse of the Ivory Tower (July 27, 2005)
"Ideas, or the lack of them, matter we think.  The evaporation of principles and conceptual structure in philosophy have gradually drained the popular marketplace of big ideas."  To read more, click here.

On Writing Well (July 20, 2005)
"Strategy in these United States will revive when our people can put one word in front of another in a way that goes somewhere."  To read more, click here.

Annual Reports from 2004: Hubris: The Fat Cat Gets Fatter  (July 13, 2005)
"Annual reports 2004 are very dour and hopelessly thick, the optimistic words notwithstanding."  To read more, click here.

And the Earth Moved  (July 6, 2005)
"Infrastructure probably will be where the real money will be made for the next 25 years, and the wise investor will put many long-term dollars into this sector."  To read more, click here.

Heart Surgery Coming Soon to Santa Fe (June 29, 2005)
"So what if there is no heart doctor.  You are there to enjoy yourself, not to seek immortality or even another year of life."  To read more, click here.

Best of Class Index (June 22, 2005)
"Best of Class now has some 365 entries, covering everything from wine to pepper mills."  To read more, click here.

Of Our Company Index (June 15, 2005)
"We want to make you fully aware of our Company Index."  To read more, click here.

Day by Day (June 8, 2005)
"Cancer amongst friends makes us think such thoughts."  To read more, click here.

Secrets of Old Age (June 1, 2005)
"[T]here’s nothing much we can do about the body when we get old, but it’s possible to recharge the mind and, with it, life itself."  To read more, click here.

Canada's Shrinkwrap Comedians (May 25, 2005)
"Not for Canadians are the bragging jokes and stories of Texas that manage to make molehills into mountains and mortals into giants."  To read more, click here.

Our Daly Bread (May 18, 2005)
"Too much focus on business is bad for these businesses."  To read more, click here.

Bumper Crop of Swiss Spaghetti (May 11, 2005)
"You don’t have to be a churlish rightwinger to know our media’s a mess."  To read more, click here.

The Price of Tea in China (May 4, 2005)
"[B]oth tea and China are extremely pertinent to everything that’s happening in our world, especially in the economic sphere."  To read more, click here.

Don't Step in the Same River Twice (April 27, 2005)
"We now live in an age of conspicuous conservatism in which, ironically enough, we are unwinding institutions and ingrained patterns, all in the name of recapturing some mythical past."  To read more, click here.

Quantum Thinking (April 20, 2005)
"[O]ur knowledge machinery is sclerotic.  Big ideas don’t get circulated, and only the trivial floats through our knowledge canals, stuffed as they are with fatty substance."  To read more, click here.

A Better Vintage (April 13, 2005)
"If we are to get past the sins of our media that worships hollow men, we must look for chaps with a certain low key economy of style who seem to have a penchant for quality."  To read more, click here.

"My Spring Break" (April 6, 2005)
"The City, then, is on remote control at the moment—running well, but far from vibrant, perhaps bloodless, suddenly faceless."  To read more, click here.

Debranding (March 30, 2005)
"[T]he general debranding of business is the greatest threat to American enterprise today."  To read more, click here.

All About Autism (March 23, 2005)
"It’s not a lead-pipe cinch that we are looking in the right places for the causes of the disease.  [B]lind alleys have slowed progress on autism."  To read more, click here.

The Digitally Distressed and Getting on with It (March 16, 2005)
"Stress is here to stay, so what are you going to do with it?"  To read more, click here.

The Post-Consumptive Society (March 9, 2005)
"Our minds, as much as our stomachs, are surf-fitted."  To read more, click here.

Laws That Make Outlaws (March 2, 2005)
"Thoughtful people of every political stripe know that the government is on a financial binge, that lending practices are beyond the pale, and this legislation is irrational providing a temporary band aid for shaky lenders."  To read more, click here.

La Dolce Far Niente (February 23, 2005)
"Only in Italy, we think, would [a soccer] ref be such a celebrated figure, and would running the match correctly be judged to be an art."  To read more, click here.

It's Not Carly's Fault (February 16, 2005)
"Transparency is not the problem; horsesense about the way of the world is.  What we require of boards is not a makeshift adaptation to the present but a determined push into the global future."  To read more, click here.

Shameless Hussy Becomes Road Warrior (February 9, 2005)
"Increasingly, we are discovering that the motormouths who try to do marketing for authors, for professionals, and for complex products bring very little to the party."  To read more, click here.

Mining the Global Province (January 26, 2005)
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[W]e are under the impression that about 10,000 people look at the site with some regularity, so you are only patronizing a small boutique when you visit with us."  To read more, click here.

Doubletakes (January 19, 2005)
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Why is it that we like to think that castles in the sky get constructed by like-minded members of a team acting in ‘creative harmony,’ when it is likely that earth-shattering achievements spring from an uneasy duel between alien forces?"  To read more, click here.

Wal-Low Versus The Waterfall Hotel (January 12, 2005)
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Good revenues and superior profits can arise from superior branded products marketed in a very controlled retail environment with a true strategic partner."  To read more, click here.

Electric Power and Staying Power (January 5, 2005)
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Bright ideas are simply no longer worth it unless we can really, really make them happen."  To read more, click here.