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Re: books that changed your life [Re: shirley knott]
    #2300255 - 02/04/04 12:49 PM (17 years, 2 months ago)

In no order:

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values - Robert Pirsig

The Dune Series - Frank Herbert

Siddartha - Hermann Hesse

Tao Te Ching - Lao Tzu

Tao of Jeet Kune Do - Bruce Lee

1984 - George Orwell

Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs - Judi Barret


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Re: books that changed your life [Re: gnrm23]
    #2304907 - 02/05/04 02:41 PM (17 years, 2 months ago)

the Bible


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Re: books that changed your life [Re: peleg]
    #2304919 - 02/05/04 02:45 PM (17 years, 2 months ago)

you do realize that the bible is just one book of many, right?


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Re: books that changed your life [Re: DoctorJ]
    #2307077 - 02/06/04 12:09 AM (17 years, 2 months ago)

everything david sedaris has ever written


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Re: books that changed your life [Re: shirley knott]
    #2307121 - 02/06/04 12:17 AM (17 years, 2 months ago)

"the way of the peacefull warrior" by Dan Millman.

the only reason im still alive right now. absolutely inspring and beautifull. i recommend that everyone pick up this book, its not a very hard or complex read, but it changed my life.

~JSlice~


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Re: books that changed your life [Re: angryjslice]
    #2329795 - 02/13/04 10:26 AM (17 years, 2 months ago)


Catcher in the rye
Salinger


The Stranger
Camus


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Re: books that changed your life [Re: ]
    #2334082 - 02/14/04 01:42 PM (17 years, 2 months ago)

Dune..... "fear is the mindkiller"; "I will bend like a reed in the wind"
Atlas Shrugged- Ayn Rand Brutal philosophy-There really are winners and losers. "We are all created equal" is a legal dictum, not an actual fact
Breakfast of Champions- Vonnegut "how do I know that you're not all robots put here to make me react" Showed me that there is no way we can have direct knowledge of anyone else's cognitions or if they even have them
Time Enough for Love- Heinlein raised the perrenial question "why the fuck not"
Naked Lunch- Burroughs judging others always ask "wouldn't you?"
Foundation- Asimov the idea of psychohistory is a natural continuation of social engineering
The bible- because it has given endless generations of nitwits justification for all sorts of hideous behaviour. "When we believe absurdities, we will commit atrocities"- Voltaire (I think)


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Re: books that changed your life [Re: zappaisgod]
    #12810000 - 06/26/10 11:53 PM (10 years, 9 months ago)

I hope someone has posted this one already,

A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn

That book made me completely rethink everything I've ever been taught in school.


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Re: books that changed your life [Re: LairMonster]
    #12814296 - 06/27/10 10:20 PM (10 years, 9 months ago)

"No one here gets out Alive" a Doors bio.
"Travels With Charlie" Steinbeck.
Maybe not so much changed my life, but they opened a door to a certain way of thinking about things.


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Re: books that changed your life [Re: shirley knott]
    #12816457 - 06/28/10 06:33 AM (10 years, 9 months ago)

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
Altman's Tongue by Brian Evenson
Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski
Some Of The Dead Are Still Breathing by Charles Bowden


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Re: books that changed your life [Re: Left Of The Dial]
    #12816583 - 06/28/10 07:58 AM (10 years, 9 months ago)

Curious to hear what you think of Blood Meridian, once you've finished it.

I love the writing and think the imagery is absolutely sublime, but it gets mixed reviews amongst the literary set.


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After one comes, through contact with it's administrators, no longer to cherish greatly the law as a remedy in abuses, then the bottle becomes a sovereign means of direct action.  If you cannot throw it at least you can always drink out of it.  - Ernest Hemingway

If it is life that you feel you are missing I can tell you where to find it.  In the law courts, in business, in government.  There is nothing occurring in the streets. Nothing but a dumbshow composed of the helpless and the impotent.    -Cormac MacCarthy

He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.  - Aeschylus


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Re: books that changed your life [Re: Madtowntripper]
    #12819302 - 06/28/10 07:24 PM (10 years, 9 months ago)

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Madtowntripper said:
Curious to hear what you think of Blood Meridian, once you've finished it.

I love the writing and think the imagery is absolutely sublime, but it gets mixed reviews amongst the literary set.




I've seen some mixed reviews on Meridian and Cormac also, the bulk of which are people complaining about Cormac being 'unnecessarily complicated....like Faulkner' [what???] or repetition [so?] or the lack of quotation marks in his dialogue. Personally, I wouldn't let bad grammar stand in the way of a great story.

Honestly maybe I shouldn't have included Blood Meridian on this list as I'm only three quarters through but as far as changing my life - I've never had to put a book down as many times to think until it's just like fuck! as many times as have done with Blood Meridian. Sorta beautiful and exhausting like the tail-end of a trip.

So far I find BM horrifically effective like Brian Evenson, maybe you've heard of him [the rogue Mormon and former professor at Brigham Young University, who's noir fiction created so much controversy around these parts that he was forced to resign and eventually even the church excommunicated him, I think they may have even deported his ass to Rhode Island as last I heard he was teaching at Brown.] Still, like the couple other McCarthy books I've had the privilege to know, though often bloody, upon reading I always feel like I'm walking away with rare treasure. Like, I found The Road grim and all but that's a love story through and through and so that's what I'm getting all the fathers I know for X-mas next year.

I've gone on a bit too long I'm afraid, sorry, it's just I REALLY love this author.

Have you read other Cormac? What else are you into? Death Match: Anton Chigur vs. Judge Holden???


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Re: books that changed your life [Re: shirley knott]
    #27160661 - 01/21/21 05:53 AM (2 months, 29 days ago)

I would recommend CONVERSATIONS with
God by NEALE DONALD WALSHE, changed my entire outlook, have read  BOOK multiple times picking up more from it each time I READ it


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Re: books that changed your life [Re: Coffin dodger]
    #27165007 - 01/23/21 09:40 AM (2 months, 27 days ago)

The Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison.

Not that Invisible Man, it's one of the top three books ever about race.


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Re: books that changed your life [Re: shirley knott]
    #27165688 - 01/23/21 05:44 PM (2 months, 27 days ago)

The Little Prince
by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


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Re: books that changed your life [Re: wabbey]
    #27165820 - 01/23/21 07:01 PM (2 months, 27 days ago)



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Re: books that changed your life [Re: peleg]
    #27165937 - 01/23/21 08:10 PM (2 months, 27 days ago)

Quote:

peleg said:
the Bible



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Re: books that changed your life [Re: wabbey]
    #27166501 - 01/24/21 03:51 AM (2 months, 26 days ago)



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