We want to remember Felix Dennis, who passed away this week at the age of 67, as he’d probably wish—with this trenchant, funny aside from his 2004 TED Talk. “You guys, you know, you’re going to totally transform everything. Cloning will transform everything. Voice navigation will transform everything … But human nature doesn’t change, mate. My […]Continue reading
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Felix Dennis was one of Great Britain's best-known entrepreneurs. This big-personality media mogul's best-known hit was the men's magazine Maxim, but he also launched Mac User, Computer Shopper, The Week and dozens more magazines, including the allegedly obscene publication Oz, which landed him briefly in jail. His colorful life included numerous girlfriends, glamorous houses in three countries and the planting of what he intended to be Britain's biggest deciduous forest.
In late 2000, Dennis began to write poetry seriously. He startled the literary world with eight gorgeous volumes of verse, including the blockbuster A Glass Half Full, which became one of the largest-selling books of original verse in the UK in decades. He published his last anthology of poems, This Is The Way Out of The World, in 2014. He is also the author of four nonfiction books, which range in topic from how to make a fortune to a biography of Muhammad Ali.
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“A 21st-century Kipling.” — Tom Wolfe
Felix Dennis’ TED talk
Felix Dennis on the TED Blog
Media big shot Felix Dennis roars his fiery, funny, sometimes racy original poetry, revisiting haunting memories and hard-won battle scars from a madcap — yet not too repentant — life. Best enjoyed with a glass of wine. (Recorded at TED2004, February 2004, in Monterey, California. Duration: 17:24) Watch Felix Dennis’ talk from TED2004 on TED.com, […]Continue reading