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Lawrence Winkler is an ancient physician, traveler, and natural philosopher. His molecules are morphing from medicine to manuscript. From compassion to passion, to view and document the world around him, in all its beauty and complexity. He lives on Vancouver Island with Robyn, tending their gardens and vineyards, and dreams.

Isn’t That Special


Robert Mugabe appointed a ‘Goodwill Ambassador’ by the World Health Organisation.
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: October 21, 2017, 7:53 pm

Let Us Think Together


Knowledge requires character and community.
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: October 21, 2017, 5:14 pm

It’s Coming


Very soon...
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: October 20, 2017, 10:44 pm

Tom Hanks


Typewriter fetishist.
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: October 19, 2017, 8:11 pm

Generational Shift


There is no ‘f’ in...
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: October 19, 2017, 4:22 pm

The Digital-Humanities Bust


After a decade of investment and hype, what has the field accomplished? Not much.
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: October 18, 2017, 11:50 pm

What Happened to Memoirs?


An acerbic Gallic take on Hillary Clinton’s book.
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: October 18, 2017, 11:48 pm

Intimate Spaces



Gaston Bachelard’s philosophy of at-homeness.
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: October 18, 2017, 11:44 pm

On Nature Writing


Thinking like a mountain.

Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: October 17, 2017, 4:22 am

Astronaut Scott Kelly's Unflinching Memoir




Dumpster diving, tattoos and an untethered cosmonaut.

Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: October 13, 2017, 5:15 pm

What Allan Bloom Got Right


The joy that comes when human beings reason our way through our troubles toward light.
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: October 13, 2017, 4:54 pm

The Forgotten Kingpins Who Conspired to Save California Wine


It took a long time to get there.
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: October 13, 2017, 1:14 am

Massive California Wine-Country Fires Worsen, Sending More Residents Fleeing


Now at least 26 dead and eight wineries destroyed.
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: October 13, 2017, 1:11 am

Saving Orwell



It was a bright cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen.

Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: October 13, 2017, 1:05 am

Walden Wasn’t Thoreau’s Masterpiece


Yes, it was.
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: October 13, 2017, 1:01 am

My Guys in Rwanda


Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: October 11, 2017, 4:23 pm

How to Be a Know-It-All



What you learn from the Very Short Introduction series.
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: October 10, 2017, 11:27 pm

Winemaking on Mars



WINE FROM DIFFERENT WORLDS
Tory Shepherd and Jamie Seidel,
News Corp Australia Network September 29, 2017, 4:56am

One of the world’s most famous scientists, Brian Cox, was asked if he would go to Mars.

“If the conditions aren’t right to grow wine … I might not want to go there,” he said.

But he could get lucky. One day, grapevines could grow on the planet.

Clare Valley winemaker Muster Wine Company has set up a new brand called Mars Needs. Unexpectedly, owner David Muster received an email from US company Explore Mars Organisation to talk about the possibilities.

They hosted a tasting of their earthly wares in Adelaide on Thursday night.

Mr. Muster said his label was inspired by Shiraz and David Bowie.

“I was sitting at home one night and I had this really good Clare Valley Shiraz that didn’t quite fit the Muster label. But it was compelling fruit,” he said.

“ ... there was a song from Skrillex, and on the front was an alien face, then there was Ziggy Stardust, and Spider from Mars.”

So the idea was born, with the concept of a wine for a different world with new frontiers. Mr. Muster says he’s been discussing it with Chris Carberry from Explore Mars.

“There are no nutrients in the soil. That red soil would be iron-rich, low fertility, and ancient, a bit like some of those red soils in the Barossa,” he said, adding that the two agreed that at first, the wine would probably not be great.

A Whole new area has opened up for South Australian wine exports — and it’s literally out of this world.

SA is positioned to offer a range of services from recycling water to building satellites, and Space Industries Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith has also talked up our ability to develop space food.

NASA and others have experimented with Martian farming techniques, as they try to work out how to feed astronauts on the way to Mars, and when they get there.

No word yet on if they plan to breed Martian cows to make Martian cheese to go with the Martian wine.
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: October 10, 2017, 11:21 pm

Meet the Guinness-Loving, Bearded NYC Bartender


Currently demolishing everyone on “Jeopardy”.
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: October 10, 2017, 5:00 pm

Universal Basic Income




And the threat of tyranny.
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: October 10, 2017, 3:18 am

The Most Loved Canadian Books


What The Data Says.
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: October 9, 2017, 3:22 pm

An Astronaut at 80



Alan Bean on his Apollo mission, and what he did next.
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: October 7, 2017, 6:27 pm

Fearsome Plague Epidemic Strikes Madagascar


Wrote about this today in my new book, The Bandits of Madagascar. It’s because they dance with their disinterred dead.
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: October 7, 2017, 12:02 am

A Taxonomy of Ideas


Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: October 6, 2017, 11:40 pm

The Man Who Could Make Interstellar Travel to Alpha Centauri Possible


Greg Matloff has spent most of his life trying to go interstellar, and he's closer than ever.
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: October 6, 2017, 11:33 pm
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