By People Staff
February 09, 1981 12:00 PM

edited by Stewart Brand

Brand caught a generation’s fancy in 1971 with his The Last Whole Earth Catalog, and now he returns with an improved sequel. The emphasis still is on self-education, on living better with less and on protecting the environment. Mostly the catalogue is a source book of information divided into sections on “whole systems” (the earth, universe, space, eco-ethics), land use (hydroponics, permaculture, radical agriculture), crafts (furniture making, quilting, weaving), community (living cheap, urban homesteading, hospital care), politics (war, nuclear war, environmental politics), communications (bookbinding, computer networking), learning, business and nomadics. In the lower-right-hand corner of half the pages is a “Neighborhood Newsletter.” Each contains oddities like the fact that the grandmother of Brand’s office manager “worked in an American flag factory and if she was one minute late, they locked her out for the whole day.” To Brand and his brilliant staff, three cheers for this volume. It offers hours of delight to catalogue addicts and all others who want to be entertained as well as survive the 1980s in appropriate style. (Random House, $12.50)