Books (Books and mini-reviews and links and
why and what this text maybe meant):
Books I've Heard About that Sound
Books I've Got Queued (Physically)
to Read But Haven't Read Yet
Books I've Read and Liked
Food Books (listed on another
Books of Low Priority, Passing Interest
Books I've Heard About that Sound Interesting:
- The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity, by Amy Webb
- By Morris Berman: On alternative forms of consciousness and spirituality, The Re-enchantment of the World, Coming to Our Senses, Wandering God, and on the decline of American civilization, The Twilight of American Culture, Dark Ages America, Why America Failed.
- Catch and Release: Trout Fishing and the Meaning of Life
- The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology by Ray Kurzweil
- Books by Carl Jung
- Books by Joseph Campbell
- Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen
- Walden by H. D. Thoreau
- Outermost House by H. D. Thoreau
- Yoga Sutras by Patanjali
- Vedanta Sutras
- Two Cheers for Anarchism: Six Easy Pieces on Autonomy, Dignity, and
Meaningful Work and Play by James C. Scott
- The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast
Asia by James C. Scott
- Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition
Have Failed by James C. Scott
- Domination and the Arts of Resistance: Hidden Transcripts by James
- Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance by James
- The Moral Economy of the Peasant: Rebellion and Subsistence in Southeast
Asia by James C. Scott
- Bonsai Inspirations by Harry Harrington
- Mirror of Yoga by Richard Freeman
- The Information by James Gleick
- The Most Human Human: What Artificial Intelligence Teaches Us About
Being Alive by Brian Christian link
- Olivia's Birds Saving the Gulf by Olivia Bouler audubon
- The Zen Koan as a means of Attaining Enlightenment - By Daisetz
Teitaro Suzuki ISBN 0-8048-3041-X
- Graceful Exits - How Great Beings Die by Sushila Blackman - Death
stories of Hindu, Tibetian Buddhist, & Zen masters
- This Perfect Day by Ira Levin (re: universal biometric plan); also
Caves of Steel
- Chronic City - Jonathan Lethem. Contemporary Exostential Fiction?
Asanas in Yoga: A Survey of Traditions - by Gudrun Buhnemann
- Yin Yoga Outline of a Quiet Practice - Paul Grilley
- Meditations from the Mat - Rolf Gates
- Light on Yoga - B.K.S. Iyengar
- You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto by Jaron Lanier
Times: Crafts for Poor People
by Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello
- The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American
Power by David Sanger
to Data Mining by
Tan, Steinbach, and Kumar
- Anatomy Trains by Tom Myers
- Asia Grace, photobook, by Kevin Kelly.
- Out of Control, the Rise of Neo-Biological Civilization by Kevin
Kelly. Reviewed in Fortune magazine as "A book that should be required
reading for all executives....As entertaining as it is insightful."
My Eyes: Poems by Li-Young Lee
- Eating the Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman (about the natures of reality?)
- Food of the Gods - by Terence McKenna. Sounds a bit like Boteny
of Desire maybe?
- American Nerd: The Story of My People - by Benjamin Nugent
- Malicious Crypto
- The X-Rated Bible: An Irreverent Survey of Sex in the Scriptures
- James Lovelock, The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning (Basic
Books) - TTBOOK: http://www.wpr.org/book/091206a.cfm; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaia_hypothesis;
actually all the James Lovelock books look pretty interesting!
- "Questions of Truth: Responses to Questions About God, Science, and
Belief" by Rev. Dr John Polkinghorne KBE FRS and Nicholas Beale http://www.polkinghorne.net/
John Polkinghorne is a former quantum physicist - professor of mathematical
physics at Cambridge University. He's also an ordained Anglican priest, Canon
Theologian at Liverpool Cathedral in England, and author of many books on
the subject of bridging the gap between science and religion. He talks with
Steve Paulson. Awesome piece on TTBOOK: http://www.wpr.org/book/100926a.cfm,
- The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow (then also need
to follow-up with Depak Chopra's analysis and interviews about it all ;-)
- David Foster Wallace - Infinite Jest (and his other
- Ueki no Te Ire: The Japanese Art of Giant Bonsai, By Eric Mader
- Traders, Guns & Money, by Das - sounds readable and highly informative
- Bucky by Hugh Kenner. Chris H. writes, "I'm a longtime fan
of Buckminster Fuller; and wanted to read just a simple/informative biography.
But this guy goes above and beyond. Its more like a biography of art, design,
science, futurism, progress, and social ideas. Every page is a battle of opposing
viewpoints. I haven't seen anything this rich in years. Highly recommended."
- Empire of the Summer Moon, By S. C. Gwynne (Fresh
Air June 23, 2010)
- The Three pillars of Zen: teaching, practice, and enlightenment,
by Philip Kapleau (1965)
- The Gateless Gate, by Wumen (1228)
- Nature's Law—The Secret of the Universe, by Ralph Nelson
Elliott (1946) (financial technical analysis)
- A Random Walk Down Wall Street, by Burton Malkiel (financial technical
- Outliers: the story of success by Malcolm Gladwell. 10,000 hours
- The Big Short by Michael Lewis. Mini
review/snippet on Planet Money
- The Eerie Silence by Paul Davies (SETI researcher)
- The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley (1954)
- The Harvard Psycedelic Club
- Black Widow, Vol. 1: Homecoming, Graphic Novel, Richard K. Morgan
- The 47 Ronin: A Story of Samurai Loyalty and Courage, Pomegranate
- Proust Was a Neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer
- Anne Frank Book Sheds New Light on Diarist http://news.discovery.com/history/anne-frank-book.html
- Walden, Henry D. Thoreau
- The Allegash and East Branch, section in The Maine Woods,
Henry D. Thoreau - One of the best portraits of the Native American by a white
writer in 19th century literature *
- Volume which contains 50 letters from Henry D. Thoreau to Harrison Grey
Otis Blake - a correspondence given to philosophical issues and principles
that Thoreau was best remembered for * "Do what you love. Know your own
bone; gnaw it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still. Do not be too moral.
You cheat yourself of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply
good - be good for something."
- * = Credit due - above Thoreau bullets gleened from Milton Meltzer's biography
- Little Brother by Cory Doctorow - Get for kid about 10th grade
(or sooner) especially if in SF
Teaching of Homeless Kodo, Kosho Uchiyama, Kyoto Soto Zen Centre, 1990
- The Empathic Civilization - Jeremy Rifkin. Interesting stuff about
revolutions in the meetings of Energy and Communication changes, resulting
in shifts in global human consciousness.
- The biography of (Mrs.?) Highsmith (who wrote the Talented Mr. Ripley) sounds
like a thrilling read of a disturbed author
- Automatic Millionaire - David Bach
- Buddism For Dummies
- Schmelvis: In Search of Elivis Presley's Jewish Roots, Max Wallace
and Johnathan Goldstein (2001?)
- Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bible!, Johnathan Goldstein (2009) -
per reviews audiobook is preferable to deadtree
- City of Darkness: Life In Kowloon City - sounds like an excellent
photo documentry (and writen) account of a post-apocolipical no-mans-land
city removed in 1992. (Pricy, will be a library read.)
- Outside Over There by Muriece Sendek - Love Where the Wild things
Are and The Night Kitchen and others, haven't read this one!
- The Natral Mind - Andrew Weil (1972, 1986)
- Persephone's Quest - Gordon Wasson (1986)
- How the Mind Works - Steven Pinker (1997)
- On Drugs - David Lenson (1995)
- Sexual Personae - Camille Paglia (1990)
- The Birth of Tragedy - Friedrich Nietzsche (1872)
- The Red Queen - Matt Ridley
- Books by Marriane Williamson
- Happiness, Thich Nhat
- Books by Robert
- The Greatest Show On Earth - Richard
- The Wallmart Revolution by Nelson Licktonstein
- Thomas Pynchon
- author to check out
- More cyberpunk!
- Sounds like Balzac
wrote some rightious pieces, I need to read him
- Finding Beauty in a Broken World - Terry Tempest Williams. TTBOOK
sense of home
- The Superorganism: The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies
- Bert Hölldobler and E. O. Wilson, 0393067041
- Uncle Tom's Cabin - A classic that I never read, ties in no doubt
to the racism at the heart of the USA
- The Thing about Life is that One Day You'll Be Dead - David Shields.
TTBOOK: "a meditation on how our bodies decay and die"
- Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century
- P. W. Singer
- The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into
a War on American Ideals - Jane Mayer - 2008 0385526393
- Sound Unbound: Sampling Digital Music and Culture, Edited by Paul
D. Miller aka Dj Spooky that Subliminal Kid - 0262633639
- The Brave Little Toaster - Thomas Dish - Has a sequel, children's
book by SF author
- A Summer of Hummingbirds - Christopher Benfey (TTBOOK) Sounds interesting,
jumps around a bit,
- The Chemical Muse - David Hillman, Heard on WPR's To the Best of
Our Knowledge, recreational drug use in antiquity; drug use was common in
Greco-Roman times, and that the ancients thought it helped them get closer
to the gods.
- Born On A Blue Day - Daniel Tammet. Heard on WPR's To the Best
of Our Knowledge, book is a memoir from a rare autistic sevant who can verbalize
- Waiting for Daisy - Peggy Orenstein. Heard on WPR's To the Best
of Our Knowledge, its about ambivalence about having children, sounds funny
- Not for Mothers Only - Catherine Wagner, Rebecca Wolff. Heard
on WPR's To the Best of Our Knowledge, a poetry anthology.
- Sherman Alexie wrote a book, title unknown, to teach his kids about war
(not sure if I want to read this as it might be preachly/predictable/to violent),
also the auther of Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (on
which the movie Smoke Signals was based), from an WPR's To the Best
of Our Knowledge podcast, of course.
- Lush Life - Richard Price. Heard on WPR's To the Best of Our Knowledge,
its a lower East Side of New York novel.
- Classics for Pleasure - Michael Dirda. Heard on WPR's To the Best
of Our Knowledge, classics are books that merit repeated re-reading, regardless
- The Detox Book: How to Detoxify Your Body to Improve Your Health, Stop
Disease, and Reverse Aging - Bruce Fife, ISBN 0941599329
- The Body Ecology Diet: Recovering Your Health and Rebuilding Your Immunity
(Paperback) - Donna Gates (Author), Linda Schatz (Author) amazon
- Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of
Capitalism (Co-author: Karl Weber); Public Affairs; 2008; wikipedia
- Against the Tide: How a Compliant Congress Empowered a Reckless President
- Lincoln Chafee (Fresh Air, WHYY, NPR interview) Rhode Island Senater during
"W," while I don't think I'm gonna go out and buy this, it sounds
very honest and rightious and informative and I wanted to note it here
- Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
- Bill McKibben. Makes the case that "more" does not lead to a happier
life and that people seem to be happier with what's good for the planet. Heard
on WPR's To the Best of Our Knowledge GOING GREEN Program 07-05-27-B.
Kind of depressing as one realizes how off purpose they are while listening!
- Empire of Scrounge: Inside the Urban Underground of Dumpster Diving,
Trash Picking, and Street Scavenging - Jeff Ferrell. Dumpster diver tells
about the underground world of street scavenging in a consumer society. Heard
on WPR's To the Best of Our Knowledge GOING GREEN Program 07-05-27-B.
I liked this guy.
- Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being
and Why No One Saw It Coming - Paul Hawken. Over a million people and
organizations who are quietly trying to save the world. Heard on WPR's To
the Best of Our Knowledge GOING GREEN Program 07-05-27-B.
Books I've Got Queued (Physically) to Read But
Haven't Read Yet:
- The Eternal Way: The Inter Meaning of the Bhagavad Gita by Roy
- (Kyira books)
- (zen books)
- Kabir: Ecstatic Poems - Robert Bly - Robert Bly has re-translated
some of the work of a fifteenth century poet-saint from India, Kabir; Kabir
often writes about the soul's longing for the divine. (TTBOOK) 0807063843
- My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey - Jill
Bolte Taylor - (TTBOOK) ISBN 1430300612 - Amazing first person look at left/right
brain perseption/cognition/emotion, strong ties into spirituality
- Bhagavadgita -
- How to Use Your Creative Imagination by Roy Eugene Davis
- A Master Guide to Meditaiton & Spiritual Growth by Roy Eugene
- Goals! by Brian Tracy. Gripping and actual techniques (seems parallel
to "the secret" and Kriya's creative imagination too
- A Million Is Not Enough -
- Altered Carbon -
- I Am Jewish -
- Essential Chomsky -
Books I've Read and Liked and Why:
- The Three Incestuous Sisters ~ Andrey Niffenegger. Gorgious aquatints,
I love the baby pictures. The title sounds scandelious, and there is high emotion,
but the incest is quaint at best, via astral plane and madness.
- The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of
the Earth by Mark Mazzetti. A good read. At the end a ex top CIA guys says
he thinks it's the end of the Westphalian Treaty; really scary stuff right
there. Some of my take-aways: Anything done by government is political. Individuals
have a lot of power. There is a lot of blowback from all this stuff.
- Yoga and the quest for the true self by Stephen Cope. I found the
writing hard to get into at first, and a bit dis-congruent, but that might be as
I skimmed over a line here and there. I got a lot out of it, history, parts and
areas of Yoga and their integration. Lots on Psychology and Yogic parallels. My
practice has benefited from reading this book!
- The Tao of Bruce Lee by Davis Miller. IMHO more about the author
and how he come to understand the Tao of life partly due to Bruce's existence.
Brutal honesty on the author's part come across as emotional embarrassment to
the reader. Would recommend to all Bruce Lee enthusiasts to read.
- What a plant knows: a field guide ~ Chamovitz, Daniel. This little
book rocked! Kind of a presentation of consciousness of a plant without brain-
intelligence. Interesting DNA and evolution insights.
- Adventures Among Ants - Superorganizms, complex behaviours born
from simple rules, cycles of bio-warfare and evolution; a lot of insight into
nature. Check the author's
blog etc.. “…in the diplomatic machinations of nature, there
is no black and white, no good and evil. There are advantageous to sleeping
with the enemy.” ~ Mark W. Moffett (Fresh
Air June 17, 2010 slideshow here too!)
- Mind Control by Melvin Berger - Junior book. Scope is well done.
Seems un-biased. I guess it deals with controlling choice consciousness.
- Wolf Brother, by Michelle Paver - Part of the Chronicles of Ancient
Darkness set 6000 years ago
- The Girl Who Played With Fire by . Very slow start where all the
pieces are laid out; then about a quart or fifth of the way in it takes off
and becomes more captivating. Actually the plot feels simple if you break
it down, but the mystery way it's presented is tangled and then character names
are dense so it's a bit of a read. I liked it overall, though some of the
more risk taking coyboy moves were annoying/unrealistic - like why didn't
Lisbeth just hire some help and buy a sinper gun?
- The Girl With The Dragon Tatto by . Slowish build up. Original
movie of it was great (haven't seen the US version, but my opinion is that
a US verison is not needed) though the plot was changed and obviously the
plot and charactor list simplified, the movie help it's own nicely. Some parts
felt like it was tranlated into English as it was a bit clunky here and there.
A good read.
- Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff - learned a lot about breathing
and what Yoga really is at its core
- Richard K. Morgan books and links
- The so-called Takeshi Kovacs series:
- Altered Carbon (2002) -Awesome! The next cyberpunk author.
This is cyberpunk combine with mystery. A bit too violent for some.
Consciosness stored digitally in a spinally implanted stack and storable,
etc., bodies as "sleaves", consciously controllable endocroin
systems, mad bio-engineering, religion's take on the soul in this
world, immortality and the human pysche, combat, sex, virtual reality,
- Broken Angels (2003) - First ones' the best, but here is
less mystery, more politics and milatary, and especially extra-terestrial
life and tech.
- Woken Furies (2005) - Nice wrap up, great read, I still
want to see more
- Market Forces () - still reading this...
- 13 () - 'Nother awesome one!
- Richard K. Morgan: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_K._Morgan
- Quellcrist Falcone: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quellcrist_Falconer
- Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa
Yogananda (1946) - Amazing book. Inspiring, thought provocing, enlightening.
Kirya Yoga focused. Nice overview of the life of a monk in India. Amazing
first person account of life from the inside of a India Saint. Enjoyable.
- Buddhism, from the World of Beliefs (junior readers) series (Anita Ganeri)
- Great pictures and drawings, well put together, consise
- The Sword in the Stone by T. H. White - One from my list to share
with my kid(s). Merlan does a wonderful job of teaching values to the Wart
by looking at the world from the poit of view of animals. The geese see no
borders, the fish rule by size, the hunting birds have a militeristic respect
- The Botany of Desire: A plant's-eye View of the World by Michale
Pollan - Co-evolution from a object-subject point of view, from the plant's
point of view. Overall framing of the arguments is Apollo
("one", uniformity, orderliness, monoculure of plants and people,
control over nature and wild) vs Dionysus
("many", variability wantonness, diversity) contrasts
.Kind of rambling newspaper blurb style writing, interesting and informative,
but sometimes feels unstructured. Some of the facts given are kind of bizare!
Overall very enjoyable and informative and recomended. (Some potato trivia:
Russet Burbank (sans net necrosis) is the McDonalds fry, the Lumper was Ireland's
favorite pre-1846 famine type, the Incas were masters of potato polyculture.)
"Does a rose exist that I might
behold it? Or do I exist that a rose
might be beheld?" ~ Robert Brault (RT @shekhinahshaman @iamwun)
- Sptimus Heap - Quest by Angie Sage
- Sptimus Heap - Physik by Angie Sage
- Sptimus Heap - Flyte by Angie Sage
- Sptimus Heap - Magyk by Angie Sage - A fun junior read about the
seventh son of the seventh sun in a magical land
- Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan (2002) - Doublesheaving,
needlecasts, virtual tourture, hidden in plain sight Martian artifacts, clones,
neuro-enhancers, dipping. A magnificent cyberpunk scifi read.
- Th1rte3n by Richard K. Morgan (2007) - Overall great scifi;
imagry and sense of place well done. Like the AIs. Mystery plot twists
slightly disapointing as the book gets into it's last third, maybe a little
to much culturally lead evolution dialog here and there too.
- The Hacker's Diet: How to
lose weight and hair through stress and poor nutrition, by John Walker
The Hacker's Diet, notwithstanding its silly subtitle, is
a serious book about how to lose weight and permanently maintain whatever
weight you desire. It treats dieting and weight control from an engineering
and management standpoint, and provides the tools and an understanding of
why they work and how to use them that permit the reader to gain control of
their own weight. The book is intended primarily for busy, successful engineers,
programmers, and managers who have struggled unsuccessfully in the past to
lose weight and avoid re-gaining it.
- Dr. Ernest Drake's Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons. ISBN-10: 0763623296.A
faux nonfiction handsome volume about dragons, for kids. (April 2009)
- Tree: A Life Story by David Suzuki and Wayne Grady. 1-55365-016-6.
582.16-Su99t. Another very nice tree book, chronicals the life of a Douglas
Fir and what's going on in Human history at the same time thereby providing
the whole history of life on Earth to date - with a strong focus on trees,
of course. P90 introduced to me "ethonosphere", ...all culture
together, the knowledge they contain, sum of the ways of human beings have
imaginged the world. Diversity withing the ethnoshpere critical for species
existance in a variety of ecosystems. P134 touched on Carpenter Ants and Aphids's
honeydew and ant gardens. P135 spoke to Grizzlys feeding on Bison! (This is
rarely referenced.) Also want to check out Methuselah in the Inyo National
Park, CA now.
- Trees by Andreas Feininger. This is one
of the best books I've ever read! It's a non-fiction science/biology/history
book, It touches on so much and ties everything together and is spiritually
uplifting too. (Mar 2009) 582.15-F327t
- You - the Owner's Manual, funny pix, good reference
- Just like we're reading Chonicles of Narnia to Nastasja summer 2008, there
is another series whos name I need to remember as I'd like to share with her
- time traveling and dancing with the microcondria kids?
- The Master Cleanser by Stanley Burroughs,
ISBN: 0963926209 and Lose Weight, Have More Energy & Be Happier
in 10 Days by Peter Glickman, ISBN: 0975572229; (some
links here) Burroughs created the diet and laid down
the rule and logic behind it and his book is intense, Glickman evangelizes
the diet and I guess is behind therawfoodsite.com,
from whence a good chunk of his book comes, a great pair together, but if
you're only gonna get one, go for Burroughs'.
- Dr. Jensen's Guide to Better Bowel Care, By Bernard Jensen, ISBN
0895295849; awesome text, really ties everything together, I'm not gonna try
the whole colmic thing with the slant board and all, but there is a wealth
of info here about the body, foods, society, and much more
- The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam, by Barbera T, excellent
writting, engrossing, un-biased, insightful releaving of history
- Zig Zag Zen by
- Comet in Moominland (this might be the title of a book I really liked as
a kid and want to share again with Nastasja. 0140302867) Tove Jansson
- Dune by Frank Herbert (1965) - Awesome book, made the movie good
too. Read this way back, now (2010) just re-read it and really enjoyed it.
Deep Zen level SciFi without a lot of tech. Classic as it's timeless.
- Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert (1969) - Thought I'd read more that
just Dune before, but I guess not. ?Just read this fo r the first time (2010).
(Now I know where some of the visuals and ideas in the Dune movie came from;
it was made after these two books, and though it tells on the Dune story,
it used information from this book also abou the Guild and stuff). Not as
exsiting as the first book, a lot of dialog and politics. Very good though,
and a lot of Aila too. We get to see what Paul created and how he sacrificed.
- Children of Dune by Frank Herbert (1976) - Wow. Paul really changed
and the twins (Leto especially) stepped up. Great book; I found it, like Dune,
to be a real page turner. Read it in a week, while also doing all my other
stuff. Lots of beuatiful imagry.
- God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert () - Think I read this on
from the 'give a book, take a book' mini-library in the laundry room of our
Mount Airy apartment. Really dug this book, amazing to streach charactors
over that much (fictional) time
- Heritics of Dune by Frank Herbert (1984?) - Some mistakes on the
Wikipedia page for this one! (I posted to the discusssions page tho.) Loved
this one too! Some really amaxing concepts about the nature of human interpersonal
and historical relationships, nurced through the books for far, really come
to light here.
- Catch 22
- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintinance
Book Related Links:
Podcast on iTunes
Ferriss Top 10 Fiction Books for Non-Fiction Addicts
- Classic Comics - Graphic Novel
adaptations of classic literature. TTBOOK program 09-03-15B
- wikibooks - a Wikimedia
community for creating a free library of educational textbooks
- http://www.wpr.org/book/ (you can
also get here via ttbook.org)- Here the last
few books reviewed or discussed or whos auther's were interviewed on Wisconsin
Public Radio's To the Best of Our Knowledge are listed
- bookpool - lower priced tech books
Books of Low Priority, Passing Interest:
- Seven-Day Magic by Edward Eager. I'm sure it's great for it's intended ages.
Need to check out E. Nesbit now.
- Tim Gallagher "The Grail bird"
- Tim Gallagher "Falcon Fever"
- Book referenced in "GOOD HUNTING", TTBOOK Program 09-01-18-A
written by some king in the 13th century
- Laura Miller, "The Magician's Book: A Skeptic's Adventures in Narnia."
- don't want to buy this one either, but it definitely sounds interesting
and resonates a little