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10-31-2008, 02:40 PM #51mach three macho machine
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Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity - Richard Rorty
I took a class of his on the history of philosophy and it totally changed my perspective on shit. He references Kuhn quite a lot, so maybe I should read that book all you smart people have already read.
10-31-2008, 02:49 PM #52
I've had to think about this for a couple of days.
Its unpossible to cite only one book (or a few for that matter)
I'll say that I can think of two that really helped shape my view of our world (existence too!)
This one really helped to form my sociological, economic, and religious perception in as much as a book can.
Among many of the books that I read regarding the idea of existence and the "self" I find that this one really blew my mind and presented the most challenge to interpret. I think its truly a powerful masterpiece on human consciousness and perception.
10-31-2008, 02:51 PM #53
On the Road
For Whom the Bell Tolls
This Game of Ghosts"All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring."
10-31-2008, 02:59 PM #54
Changed my view of the world or changed my life? Because those are two different questions - Lolita changed my life, but not my view of the world.
It changed my life because I had to read it in a lit course that was required for my history major, and the book had such an impact on me, I switched to a literature major, got my BA in English..
10-31-2008, 03:12 PM #55
Nicolai Gogol's "Dead Souls" and David Foster Wallace's "Infinite Jest" were to me accurate portraits of modern humanity.
10-31-2008, 03:19 PM #56Registered User
let your tracks be lost in the dark and snow
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10-31-2008, 03:23 PM #57
Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank in the 3rd grade.
10-31-2008, 03:28 PM #58
10-31-2008, 03:49 PM #59
It's impossible to really choose just one but..
changed my world view: The Collected works of Ralph Waldo Emerson
changed my life: The Complete short fiction of Ernest Hemingway"The fame was like a drug, but what was even more like a drug were the drugs."
10-31-2008, 05:11 PM #60
The book that changed my VIEW of the world is Semi Tough. Yes, you heard me, Semi Tough. I've never been able to look at the Super Bowl, or commercialism, or advertising, the same way again. I see our world as the Semi Tough world.
edit to add a non-fiction, per Blurred's request: The World Without Us. That definitely changed my view of the world.
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10-31-2008, 05:59 PM #61
Godel Escher Bach by Hofstadter
10-31-2008, 07:31 PM #62
Where the Wild Things Are
The Giving Tree
Oh The Places You'll Go
All The Kings Men
Monkey Wrench Gang
A Sand County Almanac
The Fools Progress
... In that order, more or less. There's more than one connect-the-dot in my history.
Blurred: Do you work for Paradigm Entertainment?
10-31-2008, 07:44 PM #63
First, The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test, but, soon after, Gravity's Rainbow.
It isn't necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice. There are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia.
10-31-2008, 08:56 PM #64
Edit. I remember reading Richard Bach's Jonathan Livingston Seagull, and Illusions when I was quite young. His philosophy really appealed to me, even if I wasn't able to fully comprehend it.
I've got to start reading more... I'm sitting here thinking of all the great books i've been missing out on.
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10-31-2008, 09:43 PM #65
Anything by Gogol.
10-31-2008, 09:59 PM #66Registered User
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The one that sticks with me is far from a classic, but for whatever reason it really resonated with me. It's the Paul Auster-edited anthology, I Thought My Father Was God.
This collection features true stories collected for NPR's National Story Project, mostly from everyday folks who aren't writers at all. I never did hear him read these on the radio, but I love the book. Some stories are poignant, some are dumb, some are sad, some are near-brilliant. I've read a lot over the years -- I was an English major -- but this anthology holds a special place in my heart. Just seems really life-affirming on some level..
10-31-2008, 11:50 PM #67
Both great books that I read intially too young and then had to revisit. Have to throw in "A Gift of Wings" also, really like the barnstorming and commadarie that comes out of that, a different time in America for sure.
Remembered "The Little Prince" Antoine de Saint Exupéry as well, once again liked it when I intially read it when I was younger but gained more from it wehn I read it latter on. I think I have given this book to more people than any other, sometimes its to their kids sometimes it's to my friends. I think both can get something out of it.Skiing, where my mind is even if my body isn't.
10-31-2008, 11:50 PM #68On its surface, GEB examines logician Kurt Gödel, artist M. C. Escher and composer Johann Sebastian Bach, discussing common themes in their work and lives. At a deeper level, the book is a detailed and subtle exposition of concepts fundamental to mathematics, symmetry, and intelligence.
11-01-2008, 10:44 AM #69
11-01-2008, 11:56 AM #70
Just a few
Note: if anyone hasn't heard of this book by Tim O'Brien just do yourself a favor and read it. It's a collection of short stories about his experiences in Vietnam and is truly a fantastic read.
Originally Posted by Odin
11-01-2008, 10:07 PM #71
11-02-2008, 04:38 AM #72
I'm not sold on a lot of his books, but:
Veronkia decides to die - Paulo Coelho
Great book, short but moving.
11-02-2008, 02:22 PM #73
11-02-2008, 02:37 PM #74
11-02-2008, 04:03 PM #75
House Of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Changed the way i saw things, gave me nightmares and made me think the dimensions of my house were changing.