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Building a 50-year passion project: Vanishing Asia, with Kevin Kelly.

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Today on the podcast we have Kevin Kelly - the founding editor of Wired Magazine. He co-founded Wired in 1993, and served as its Executive Editor for its first 7 years. He's also:

-Written a New York Times bestseller on technology and written books on the economy and on decentralization.

- Been the publisher and editor of Whole earth Catalogue - an American counterculture magazine.

- Founded the popular Cool Tools website in 2003, which has published a cool tool every day for past 18 years.

- Co-chair of the Long Now Foundation - which aims to provide a counterpoint to what it views as today's "faster/cheaper" mindset and to promote "slower/better" thinking.

Kevin Kelly also has another side project - spanning over the past 50 years - where he has travelled to 35 Asian countries photographing the disappearing cultural traditions - and recently he put his curated works in a book called ‘Vanishing Asia’.

Today we talk about everything from how and why he writes (and why he’s different from Neil Stephenson, the author of Snowcrash, who has to write every day). We also talk about why he’s interested in crypto and projects that don’t make sense, why he believes the centre of gravity of culture will move to Asia, why becoming too big as a company or too good at a skill holds you back, and why he wants to be a youtube star. I hope you enjoy!

Buy Vanishing Asia here or check out Kevin Kelly's site.

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