Reading Lists

I got stuck in a rut earlier today thinking about Albert Camus’ The Stranger. Not a great way to spend your mid-day, post-lunch, I can assure.

The things that have been weighing heavily on my mind – politics (both office and national varieties), what I want out of my “home life”, religion and faith – you know, the big questions, are still unresolved but I bled into that dark place today. Not good.

I contemplated (thought about, not considered joining up) Satanism, Libertarianism, Atheism, Agnosticism, Existentialism and Death. All in the space of about an hour. I was busy.

Where I meted out, personally, was the need to get some definition through perspective and experience. A little existentialist, a little pragmatist. You see, I’m going to Maui a week from Saturday and reading material is a must for plane rides and beach vacations.

Here’s my short list. Hopefully I come away with perspective, if not epiphany, serenity or my own new philosophy.

  • Engleby: A Novel by Sebastian Faulks
  • The new Bond book, Devil May Care, by Faulks under commission of the Fleming family hits bookstores tomorrow. I haven’t read any of his work and want to try something accessible before reading the very pulp-y Bond.

  • Everything Is Illuminated
  • I feel like I should have read this already. Much like The Amazing Adventure of Kavalier & Clay, I’m ashamed to admit that I’m so late to the game.

  • Grey by Jon Armstrong
  • I have an advance reader copy that is begging to be read.

  • Kerouac’s On the Road (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century)
  • It’s time. I’m on a bit of journey, it was mentioned in Lost and I got a copy for free.

  • Another book of your own suggestion
  • I’m looking for something entertaining (obviously) but one with themes relating to change, movement and self-discovery.

    I won’t laugh at you if you suggest Walden by Thoreau, but I won’t read it.

Happy Reading! (And hopefully happy me soon too, though Hawaii will help regardless of the book).

4 thoughts on “Reading Lists

  1. In the cases of both Satanism and Libertarianism (but more specifically, capitalist anarchy), what I find so often appeals to so many of their would-be followers, when I ask them about it, seems to be the subtraction of pretense and bullshit. That’s admirable, but human beings invented pretense and bullshit to facilitate some other stuff we like, so a degree of it may yet be necessary. Babies and bath water, as it were.

    And, yes, this shit has come up in conversation. As a gamer and (generously, to myself) fantasist, I’ve spent a fair amount of time with Wiccans and Satanists and the Norse. Those three overlap with “gamer” with some frequency. :)

  2. E says:

    If you’re looking for something about change & self-discovery, and you want to get “out there” a bit, I highly recommend Robert Anton Wilson’s Cosmic Trigger (vol. 1). It changed my life when I read it, but I was also like, 19.

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