The site that would later evolve into Potluck started in September 2001 at home.hvc.rr.com/worldtrade as permaCulture: The Systems-Thinking Magazine of Arts & Sciences. In February 2002, it became Sostenuto: The Systems-Thinking Magazine of Arts & Sciences and moved to www.sostenuto.permaculture.net. On April 6, 2003, Relaunched At Last! announced the site’s evolution to Mosaic: A Magazine of Arts, Sciences & Everything in Between at www.mosaic.permaculture.net, where it would remain until becoming Potluck in May 2004.
Mosaic retained the staff that had been organized for Sostenuto.
- Chris Benjamin — Visit his website
- Ajay Chheda
- Howard Ditkoff — Visit his website
- Shaun Hensher — Visit his website
- Chris Lovell
- Mark S. Meritt — Founder
- Daniel Mossberg — Visit his website
- Jamie Myxter — Visit
- Malin Östman — Visit her website
- Jonathan Walton
Shaun Hensher designed the Mosaic logo.
Issue 1: Spring, 2003
A single proper issue of Mosaic was ever published. The index of its contents is reproduced here, with links updated to direct you to the currently available copies of these pieces.
Table of contents
- Conflict, a poem by Chris Benjamin.
- A Creation Story, a story by Chris Benjamin.
- Post Rescinded.
- Phoenix, a poem by Shaun Hensher.
- Share, a screenplay by Mark S. Meritt.
Pieces of War: A Mosaic of Views on the War in Iraq
- First Things First, by Mark S. Meritt.
- Tipping the Scales of Delusion, by Chris Benjamin.
- Against the War or Support Our Troops, by Jamie Myxter.
Issue 0: Our Early Writings
The contents of permaCulture remained static through the site’s time as Sostenuto. After the site evolved into Mosaic, those contents were billed as “Issue 0: Our Early Writings.” The index of these its is reproduced here, with links updated to direct you to the currently available copies of these pieces.
“Green”-eyed Monsters, By Mark S. Meritt, November 29, 2001 — An analysis of Pixar’s Monsters, Inc., showing it to express sophisticated and important ideas about humanity’s relationship with the rest of nature.
“Isaac and Ishmael” and Ishmael, By Mark S. Meritt, October 5, 2001 — A look at The West Wing‘s special episode on terrorism through a unique lens informed by the book Ishmael to clarify some key points.
Trading the World — for a Better One, By Mark S. Meritt, September 15, 2001 — An essay on the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
The Invitation: When Will We Learn?, By Mark S. Meritt, September 15, 2001 — An invitation to the Mosaic Web site to learn more about the nature of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center.
The Sad Meaning of A.I., By Mark S. Meritt, July 6, 2001 — An analysis of the Spielberg/Kubrick film A.I. – Artificial Intelligence, revealing it to be, contrary to what many have thought, perfectly understandable, but perhaps in a way that the filmmakers did not intend.
The Unsustainability and Origins of Socioeconomic Increase, By Mark S. Meritt, January 25, 2001 — A masters thesis written for the City University of New York, describing the unsustainable nature of our civilization and suggesting ways to achieve sustainability.
The Nature of Titanic: Film, Phenomenon and Inevitable Self-Betrayal, By Mark S. Meritt, May 26, 1999 — Written for a City University of New York course in Environmental Sociology, this paper is an in-depth analysis of James Cameron’s film Titanic and the social phenomenon surrounding it, showing the entire endeavor to be ambiguously complex in its expression of ecological themes.
Retired Sostenuto Content
In the transition to Mosaic, some previously published content was retired. Links are provided here to direct you to the currently available copies of these pieces.