Life Styles: Missal for Mammals

We are as gods and might as well get good at it.

That peremptory statement is the introduction to one of the year's most intriguing books, a $4 quarto-sized paperback that, mainly by word of mouth, has become an underground bestseller.

Gods do not make bricks, of course —or build sun domes, or scramble for sassafras in the shrubbery of Central Park. But for people who do, or want to, the Whole Earth Catalog is an almost inexhaustible compendium. Although it is specifically aimed at "technological dropouts" (in the words of its authors), the catalogue's phenomenal success shows that it has a...

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