I define modern culture as particle board. Very few people see it, or care that it’s particle board, just as very few people really see—or care to see—us. We get by with what we know, what we believe to be true, whether it’s politics or our dishwasher. Knowing what really exists behind our walls doesn’t matter, just as our knowledge base doesn’t matter. Nobody’s asking us what we know, only how we perform at a specific time. The materials we use today reflect who we are. You found a beautiful cedar floor, but you didn’t ask for a cedar floor. It’s a nice find but it’s not essential. Maybe it used to be, but it’ not now. Maybe it’s because we no longer feel essential. New buildings reflect us…Damn, I feel an article coming on. Thanks for the article, Barry (I’m a former copywriter as well—40 years!)

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.