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Help a literary phobic (Recommend Books)
    #3643672 - 01/18/05 04:24 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

So anyway, the other night at a party with some of my closet friends we were all on E and having a wonderful time. Whenever I get on E like all the my social and intellectual walls fall to the ground and I'm able to be extremely open and honest about everything. Through the course of the evening I'm manically rambling on engaged in wonderful conversations with all of these people when I stumble across the topic of how my one regret in my life is that I'm not well-read. That's something that has stayed on my mind the last couple days because I didn't really realize it but now that I do, it actually bothers me.

I don't consider myself stupid, I'm able to stay in and contribute in a conversation on just about everything from philosophy to how the sexual habits of Al Capone and Adolph Hitler were similar it's just that I don't read and most of my friends (all intellectual cool people) read about a book a week. I really would like to start expanding my mind in some deep literary books. I used to not be all that into music but once I put effort and understanding into it, I really feel music has expanded my mind and made me happier and better person. I would like to say the same thing about books.

I am not a complete ignorant in the world of books, I have read a few. The books that really grabbed me and the only two I can honestly say I read from beginning to end in a single night were Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Fight Club... two cliche books that every white male from the suburbs knows by heart and can recite memorable phrases from. What I'm looking for now is well written books that you all enjoyed out there. I'm extremely interested to read On The Road by Jack Kerouac. I'm really into those kind of hip books with a poetic writing style such as those by Hunter Thompson and the afore mentioned Kerouac.

Any offers you could give would be awesome.

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Re: Help a literary phobic (Recommend Books) [Re: StrandedVoyager]
    #3643714 - 01/18/05 04:31 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

The Celestine Prophecy - James Redfield

Pretty easy read, and might even change your outlook on everything


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Re: Help a literary phobic (Recommend Books) [Re: StrandedVoyager]
    #3643718 - 01/18/05 04:33 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

if you want something poetic, get a collection of E A Poe's short stories. It's not really hip, probably more twisted than anything, but every one of his stories has been well worth reading for me.


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Re: Help a literary phobic (Recommend Books) [Re: Pathos]
    #3643728 - 01/18/05 04:34 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Thank you very much for the quick replies.

I think I've heard of The Celestine Prophecy, I'll be on the lookout for it.

It's cool dude, I'm really into twisted stories as well as poetic and hip ones. I'll check E A Poe out.

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Re: Help a literary phobic (Recommend Books) [Re: usefulidiot]
    #3643736 - 01/18/05 04:36 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

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The Celestine Prophecy - James Redfield

Pretty easy read, and might even change your outlook on everything




good call :thumbup: that book changed my life

zen and the art of motorcyble maintenence - robert persig...i'm in the middle of this one now, it's great

you can't be neutral on a moving train - howard zinn

kingdom of fear - hunter s thompson


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Re: Help a literary phobic (Recommend Books) [Re: StrandedVoyager]
    #8349516 - 05/01/08 02:36 PM (9 years, 3 months ago)

Don't jump into the "classics" or whatever books people think you need to read to be smart, such as "atlas shrugged". I say this because most of them aren't easy reads and that means it won't be fun for a lot of people. Save these books for when you truly appreciate reading and aren't just starting out.

Find an easy, interesting read and you will fall in love with reading. A fun easy read that I really liked was  Ender's Game by orson scott card. You won't be able to put it down, and it is an extremely popular book, so added bonus of conversation material.

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Re: Help a literary phobic (Recommend Books) [Re: Drew Tyler]
    #8349531 - 05/01/08 02:38 PM (9 years, 3 months ago)

Robert Anton Wilson : Prometheus Rising - Quantum Psychology


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Re: Help a literary phobic (Recommend Books) [Re: Drew Tyler]
    #8349542 - 05/01/08 02:41 PM (9 years, 3 months ago)

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edit: shit. old thread, sorry. :mad2:



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Re: Help a literary phobic (Recommend Books) [Re: Akira]
    #8349754 - 05/01/08 03:26 PM (9 years, 3 months ago)

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Find an easy, interesting read and you will fall in love with reading. A fun easy read that I really liked was Ender's Game by orson scott card


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breakfast of champions by kurt vonnegut


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Re: Help a literary phobic (Recommend Books) [Re: StrandedVoyager]
    #8349982 - 05/01/08 04:16 PM (9 years, 3 months ago)

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Rum Diaries by Hunter S. Thompson
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
Fear and Loathing by Hunter S. Thompson
Slaughter House by Kurt Vonnegut
Junkie by William S. Burroughs
Michowel



The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
Siddartha by Hermann Hesse
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley


Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., 1968
Strangely B. Stranger:

Four Letters of Love by Niall Williams
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
(My license plate reads "Dr Nut"!)

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
The Road Less Travelled by M. Scott Peck
Leah:
Desolation Angels by Jack Kerouac
Big Sur by Jack Kerouac

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Off the Road: My Years with Cassady, Kerouac, and Ginsberg - Carolyn Cassady
The Plays of Anton Chekhov by Anton Chekhov (Paul Schmidt trans.)
Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie

Under the Volcano, Malcom Lowry
The Sheltering Sky, Paul Bowles
Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Foucault's Pendulum, Umberto Eco
Leaving Las Vegas, John O'Brien

The Razor's Edge, Somerset Maughham
Cosmos, Carl Sagan
A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway

Desolation Angels by Jack Kerouac
Scratching the Beat Surface by Michael McClure


Darkness At Noon by Arthur Koestler
Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh

Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
The Informers by Bret Easton-Ellis
Books Of Blood vol. 1-3 by Clive Barker
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut (tie)


Little, Big by John Crowley
The best American magic-realist novel ever
Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany


Deceptive simplicity
Texasville by Larry McMurtry
Pure pleasure; the most fun I've ever had reading a book
All We Need of Hell by Harry Crews

Last Resort by Scott Sommer
A 25 year old loser goes home to his family's decaying seaside house; fun and true
Desolation Angels by Jack Kerouac
Strange Wine by Harlan Ellison
Would be perfect book with the addition of The Deathbird and a few other Ellison classics
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Richard:
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
Apocalypse by D.H. Lawrence
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Ask the Dust by John Fante
Road to Los Angeles by John Fante
Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski
Sense of Beauty by George Santayana
Ulysses by James Joyce
Christina C:

Ahhhh Ti Jean...in my eyes you're best
Still Life With Woodpecker by Tom Robbins
Zany and great
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran


Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac

The First Third by Neal Cassady
Oh the man behind the curtain....how interesting
Kerouac: A Biography by Ann Charters

Off the Road by Carolyn Cassady

SMUT (aka Trashy Romances) by certain authors
Always have to have a no brainer here and there
The Hungry Ocean by Linda Greenlaw
Living in Downeast Maine...Fishing is a part of life
Little:
Complete Fiction by Bruno Schulz

Cages by Dave McKean
The safety of illusions, the golden cage of lost hopes. McKean is the Stanley Kubrick of his medium.
Dr.Sax by Jack Kerouac
Kerouac´s highest high.
Beneath the Wheel by Hermann Hesse

Woodcutters by Thomas Bernhard
) The Nature of Time by G.J. Whitrow

El Aleph by Jorge Louis Borges
"I can´t see Borges anywhere!" (Donald Cammell)
Dreams and Dead Ends by Jack Shadoian
The American Gangster/Crime genre from Shadoian´s POV: Poetic, essential, passionate.
London Fields by Martin Amis

Panegyric by Guy Debord
The society of the spectacle couldn't make it here!
Hammond Guthrie:
The I-Ching (original translation)
The Tibetan Book of the Dead (original translation)
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Scripture of the Golden Eternity by Jack Kerouac
Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth by Buckminster Fuller
The Rosy Crucifixion = Sexus, Plexus and Nexus by Henry Miller
Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey
Ulysses/Finnegans Wake (as a 2 Vol. entry) by James Joyce
The Wasteland by T.S. Eliot
The Elements of Style by Richard Strunk
Jean-Marie S.:
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Vanity of Duluoz by Jack Kerouac
Ask the Dust by John Fante
Basketball Diaries by Jim Carroll

Ninety-two in the Shade by Thomas Mc Guane
Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
Less than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis
Michael:
The Arabian Nightmare by Robert Irwin
Film As A Subversive Art by Amos Vogel
Franz Kafka by Max Brod
The Air Conditioned Nighmare by Henry Miller
Demian by Herman Hesse
Do What Thou Wilt: A Life of Aleister Crowley by Lawrence Sutin


Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse

Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
Catcher In the Rye by J.D. Salinger
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

All My Friends Are Going To be Strangers by Larry McMurtry



Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingwaay
Ask The Dust by John Fante
Sixty-Seven Poems for Downtrodden Saints
The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck
The Subterraneans by Jack Kerouac
White Trash
Cities of the Red Night by William S. Burroughs
It Catches My Heart In Its Hands by Charles Bukowski


Tristessa by Jack Kerouac

Junky by William S. Burroughs
More Junk...Junk Sick..Junk....
Factotum by Charles Bukowski
& yes, by the sweat of your brow....
Down & Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Really the Blues by Mezz Mezzrow
take a rapid ride on the jazz train to.....

Be a writer...The Gamble for a Lifetime...
-10. (Let's Break The Rules) (Books by some new ones....)
Rope Burns by F.X. Toole...Get this book.
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America by Barbara Ehrenreich...Get this book.
Doghouse Flowers by Steve Earle

A Scanner Darkly by Phillip K Dick.
Using his own drug experience in the 60s. Dick builds a sci-fi novel that will capture you from the begining.
London Fields by Martin Amis.
Amis goes deeper than what Wolfe and Ellis went in Bonfire of the Vanities and American Psycho.
The Psychedelic Prayers by Tim Leary.

Burning Chrome by William Gibson.

Bobok by Dostoevsky.
Dark tale about a drunk and the voice that he hears in the cemetery.
Coin Locker Babies by Ryu Murakami.


Jim Camp:
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
Tropic Of Cancer by Henry Miller

Tropic Of Capricorn by Henry Miller
The Thief's Journal by Jean Genet

Journey To The End Of The Night by Celine
Death On The Installment Plan by Celine
Desolation Angels by Jack Kerouac
Last Exit To Brooklyn by Hubert Selby Jr.



Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
Journey to the End of the Night by Celine

The Razor's Edge by Somerset Maugham


Allison M.:
The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac

Big Sur by Jack Kerouac
Maggie Cassady by Jack Kerouac
Demian by Hermann Hesse

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse




Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus
The Beach by Alex Garland


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