Anne Herbert


Anne Herbert is an American writer and a past assistant editor of CoEvolution Quarterly, a precursor to the Whole Earth Review. She is perhaps best known for being the person who coined the phrases, "Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty." and "Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries."

An article in the December 1991 issue of Glamour about the history of the "random kindness" phrase described Herbert as "tall, blonde, and forty" and as living in Marin County, California.

Having known Anne Herbert in the 80s, Kevin Kelly wrote (in 2012) about her writing: "…it was telegraphic, lyrical, abbreviated, evocative, extremely personal and mystical. She wrote in short bursts. Like proverbs from a secret bible…It was not like any writing I had encountered… She was decades ahead of her time…"

Syndicated columnist Sally Schneider notes that Herbert's writing is "often like haiku (without the constraints): tiny meditations that caste a unique light on everyday things."

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Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty PB
Anne Herbert, M. Paloma Pavel
This modern parable, illustrated by Mayumi Oda, has wisdom for realizing world peace and community health in our time. Let us start the dance!

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