While The C Programming Language by Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie is a time-tested classic in its genre, I think the story it tells could never be adequately captured on screen. What actor today could do justice to the Void Pointer, or deliver the nuance of a dereference from const?
I suppose Schwarzenegger could play the Null String Terminator.
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There is an app called Libby that will link to your local library system. You can check out e-books and audio books for free!
Standard ebooks is a great place to get free books. They take Project Gutenberg books and tidy then up, improve the formatting for modern e-readers and add nicer covers.
Saving a Click (listed from top to bottom...see bottom for better details):
Listed from: most frequently mentioned in a list to least (ranging from 24 at top to 6 at bottom, according to the authors of this article they sourced their list from 36 different "best books" list including NYT to The Telegraph to also random celebrities...)
It's such a great book, it's incredible how such a short novel can pack such a punch.
I do find it interesting that so many people claim the book is about censorship, but Bradbury has refuted that and says it's about how people choose not engage with things that challenge them or make them uncomfortable, and instead pick the easy option (in this case, TV).
I'm reminded of this quote from Stephen King's On Writing.
> If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.
Of course, he's talking about writing fiction, but I think it would apply to nonfiction as well. I am not a writer, but I think just the act of paying attention and analyzing what you're reading would be more important than what you're reading. What makes the good writing work, and what makes the bad writing fail? How can you apply that to your own writing?
And there's a list of writing-related subs in the sidebar of /r/writinghub that might be more helpful. /r/askhistorians has a well-curated reading list as well, that might be good to check out history-specific writing.
No, it doesn't have to be read/to-read/currently-reading. Create your "abandoned" shelf, "edit" bookshelves (the edit button is up at the top of the list of shelves when you're looking at "My Books", in the left column of the page.) Check the box "exclusive" next to "abandoned". Now you have 4 radio-button shelves: read/to-read/currently-reading/abandoned.
Here are goodread's instructions for making an abandoned shelf
It should be noted that they are prescribing the reading of certain books, not the reading of books itself. This is said in the article but thought I would type it out for people who jump straight to the comments section. The books include "Overcoming Depression: A self- help guide using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques", "Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think", and "The Feeling Good Handbook". Check them out if you have mild/moderate depression even if you can't get them via prescription.
Edit: As /u/Supermans_Boner said below
> To be clear, its called bibliotherapy, and is used in junction with other forms of therapy. While psycho education is important, and extremely helpful, do not be disillusioned into believing "buying this one book" will save you from depression. It is only a small part of the total package.
The books listed are not about entertainment and are more like a more scientifically researched self help books written by masters of their field. The books are more akin to therapy homework than therapeutic reading.
The title of this story is a bit misleading. It's primarily based on a researcher's test of 50+ subjects who already stated they had a strong preference for paper for Kindle's. Yes, they did retain the story plots better than those reading with the Kindle, but there's a confirmation bias inherent in the results.
All that being said, I prefer print if only because I write in my books, and find note taking on my Kindle to be a pain.
When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi.
I'm not saying this is the only book that I could ever recommend to anyone, but I feel that basically everyone could read this, its short (200 pages), well written (Paul got a doctorate in English Lit before becoming a M.D.) and emotionally investing enough so anyone that is actually literate will want to finish it once started.
For those that don't know, it is Neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi's memoir which he began to write after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. It is an extremely accomplished man's intellectual and brutally honest thoughts on life and death, and how we all go to our inevitable ends. Phenomenal book, simultaneously depressing and uplifting, I honestly cannot see a way for someone to read it and not come out of the experience with an enriched outlook on life in general.
Libraries are the absolute shit. You can legit even borrow books electronically with a library card and read them on an e-reader/your computer / your phone. I love libraries. If you have an Android phone, Libby is a must. Also, check out Goodreads, it's amazing for tracking what books you've read, what you want to read, and for setting goals.
I'm so jealous. There are so many books I wish I could read again for the first time. Good luck! Welcome!
Edit: okay okay I gues Libby exists for iPhone too
If I did I'd copyleft it. Free for everyone but it stays free. No monopoly.
I'm fine, don't want to be rich. I just want to read in bed.
Hopefully someone makes an open source version and the market is flooded with cheap ones. Innovation happens best when there's real competition.
I'd love to see it happen. Just a gift from me to the world.
Anyway, that's my hope.
Edit: the idea already exists. http://www.geekwire.com/2013/ebook-projector-amazon-kindle-vet/
I remember Toni Morrison being on Colbert or Stewart or something and she was talking about how she can't remember Beloved at all so she can read her own books as if she's her own audience, she definitely saw the silver lining in it. It's not insane to me because I'm 24 and my memory is so terrible I can definitely imagine writing a book and forgetting about it decades later.
edit here's the interview, it was on Colbert: link, she's amazing :) I like how she talks about her books as being separate entities, and I love how she read her own book and loved it as a reader haha I mean, I would certainly be proud of that - I'm a picky reader so if I were able to read my own work years later without cringing, I would see that as quite an accomplishment
On his kickstarter page here he's posted some rambling anti-capitalist screed. NEWSFLASH: If you post a kickstarter asking for money (capital if you will) in exchange for a product you have made you are participating in the capitalist system. If you then take that money from people and don't give them the product that they paid for then you are a thief. If you then try to justify your theft by decrying the system you just voluntarily and actively sought out to engage in that just makes you a douchebag thief.
Definitely The War of Art by Steven Pressfield, especially for anyone involved in any creative endeavor, or one that requires self-motivation. A wonderful book about fighting general lethargy or laziness.
If you want an existentialist balancing-out book, I'd recommend Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. His entire philosophy of "logotherapy" is based on the idea that finding meaning is a form of therapy to help the human mind deal with the inherent chaos of the world. He formed this idea in Auschwitz.
EDIT: My first gilded comment, and I'm so happy it's for this book! Thank you so much, kind stranger.
The Millionaire Next Door set the expectation for me that my wife and I could become millionaires by doing a lot of simple things to manage our budget, expenses, and retirement savings well. The seven (?) rules in the book aren't all that unique, and similar sentiments are also preached by Suze Orman and others. Here are the things I remember that we try to live by, in the order that I think they help us:
"The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg. I struggled with depression and apathy as a result of some major life changes, as a result, my productivity sank to an all time low. Grades, diet, everything went to shit, and my father showed me this book. Absolutely fantastic read on an analytical scale of what it takes as an individual and even business to be successful, and pull yourself out of a hole. I'm a high school student, but I took my first dual enrollment honors class and started my first job. Ended up with a 4.0 GPA, an A in my first college class, and a boss who admires my work ethic and ability to think ahead. Taught me many lessons of what it truly takes to get yourself straight.
When I was 17, a girlfriend gave me a book to read that she said would change my life. I got 2/3 way through the book and pitched it across my room. The book was called, "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance". 3 weeks later, I picked it up and gave it back to said girlfriend, stating I'd get more out of a tutorial about tying my shoelaces. Fast-forward 15 years, and, another girlfriend gives me a book to read, because, it changed her life and is "SO inspiring". I get 1/3 through the book and pitch it across the room! 2 weeks later, I pick it up to return it to the g/f. Only then, do I look at the title. "Lila". I look at what other titles the author has done: 1. "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance".! The ONLY 2 books I've pitched across the room in my LIFE of reading hundreds of books, is by the SAME ASSHOLE!!!
+1 for On Writing
OP, reading absolutely has an impact on your vocabulary, your writing style, and your ability to write well. Find something to read that challenges you and you will find that your writing skills will follow : )
Rescue Worker 1: Homer, this is never easy to say, I'm going have to saw your arms off.
Homer: They'll grow back, right?
Rescue Worker: Oh...yeah.
[the rescue worker starts the rotary saw and moves it toward Homer's arm]
Rescue Worker 2: Homer, are you just holding on to the can?
Homer: Your point being?
I remember hearing an interview with Douglas Adams, and when asked if he had advice for aspiring writers, he replied: "Don't destroy the Earth in the first chapter -- you'll need it later."
The only citation I can find for that is this, which isn't much.
I talked my friends into it at my wedding after I realized we spend far, far too little time together. After barely seeing each other over the last four years, we now make an effort to meet every week on Skype for a D&D session, and we are all having an absolute blast.
I'm DMing, and even though I know how our campaign is supposed to go, the most fun comes from putting your friends into it, and having them act in their own unique ways. Every session is like sitting down and watching a movie I've seen before, but all the main characters have instead been replaced by my best friends, and it's up to them to follow the plot however much or little they want, bringing their own imagination and flavor to the table.
The end result is a hilarious, intricate, and diverse story without the plot rules that exist in every other form of storytelling beyond the writers' room, but with a fraction of the planning and the effort.
Seriously, if you've got a few friends even mildly interested, get a game together and learn as you go. I look forward to our game every day of the week.
Edit: For those wondering how we play online, check out Roll20. It has pretty much full integration with the grid system (which I don't use much), as well as character sheets, tokens, and roll-able dice.
Because then they will all request ~~probation~~ parole hearings at 1:00 PM?
ETA link: http://freakonomics.com/2011/04/19/hungry-hungry-judges/
Don't remember if this was actually in either book or Predictably Irrational or whatnot.
There is no alternative Universe where giving a library - any library - a helping hand is a bad idea. Sending money to a library isn't a gift, it's an investment and Paypal makes it easy.
Thanks, /u/AdamBertocci-Writer, for a great suggestion.
This is hard. You bastard. Okay, here goes:
Crime and Punishment - What it means to kill, what it is to find redemption.
Moby Dick - The perils of obsession, the mythic qualities of life, the dangers of adventure, the disaster of being led by a broken man.
Siddhartha - How to find inner peace.
Man's Search for Meaning - How a man can find meaning in the most horrible situation.
Slaughter House Five - Fuck war. Po-twee-tweet.
1984 - This can never be.
Brave New World- This can never be.
For Whom the Bell Tolls - It is better to love than to kill.
The Lord of the Rings - There is always hope.
Harry Potter - This is what it's like to grow up.
I immediately want to add and subtract from the list, but this is immediately what popped into my head. Ten books is not enough, but this was fun.
I've already mentioned it for non-fiction, but try Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman. It's a series of anecdotes from Feynman's life that builds up a picture of his character while still being very engaging and readable.
This one helps me both slow down and take my time, as well as understand some frustrating people around me better:
“To the untrained eye ego-climbing and selfless climbing may appear identical. Both kinds of climbers place one foot in front of the other. Both breathe in and out at the same rate. Both stop when tired. Both go forward when rested. But what a difference! The ego-climber is like an instrument that’s out of adjustment. He puts his foot down an instant too soon or too late. He’s likely to miss a beautiful passage of sunlight through the trees. He goes on when the sloppiness of his step shows he’s tired. He rests at odd times. He looks up the trail trying to see what’s ahead even when he knows what’s ahead because he just looked a second before. He goes too fast or too slow for the conditions and when he talks his talk is forever about somewhere else, something else. He’s here but he’s not here. He rejects the here, he’s unhappy with it, wants to be farther up the trail but when he gets there will be just as unhappy because then it will be “here”. What he’s looking for, what he wants, is all around him, but he doesn’t want that because it is all around him. Every step’s an effort, both physically and spiritually, because he imagines his goal to be external and distant.”
― Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
https://standardebooks.org/ definitely belongs on this list. They do amazing work cleaning up and producing excellent retail-quality copies of public domain works adhering to the most modern ebook standards.
I've been devouring their library since I found them on this subreddit a couple of weeks ago.
I really enjoyed Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman
It's an autobiography by physicist Richard Feynman. Very fun read, by an incredibly interesting man.
Maybe this idea was in How To Win Friends and Influence People or something I've seen before, but I totally needed to see this again. I always struggle with offering constructive criticism.
This is great.
> Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl is still sometimes taken off shelves or reading lists. Not because students might get nightmares to read how the Frank family had to hide in an attic until they were dragged into Nazi death camps, but because at one, brief point, 14-year-old Anne describes her maturing anatomy.
That's right, even in a book about the Holocaust, the objectionable part is the naughty sex organs.
> “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
George, sometimes we ask questions we just won't like the answers to.
I have such a mixed relationship with this book. It used to be my back of the toilet book and during that time I started dating someone. Bathroom was the only place to get a private wank. Right as I was about to cum one time I realized I had porn playing on my phone sitting on top of Man's Search for Meaning. A really weird orgasm followed.
Speedboat, Renata Adler
The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
On the Road, Jack Kerouac
A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
Stoner, John Williams
Masters of Atlantis, Charles Portis
Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
Naked Lunch, William S. Burroughs
Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse
The Illuminatus! Trilogy, Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson
Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
Dune, Frank Herbert
Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
The Secret History, Donna Tartt
House of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert M. Pirsig
I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky
Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino
Watchmen, Alan Moore
Geek Love, Katherine Dunn
Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth, Chris Ware
Youth in Revolt, C.D. Payne
Blood and Guts in High School, Kathy Acker
Valley of the Dolls, Jacqueline Susann
Ham on Rye, Charles Bukowski
Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
Catch-22, Joseph Heller
Lanark, Alasdair Gray
This Is Not a Novel, David Markson
The Dice Man, Luke Rhinehart
Fear of Flying, Erica Jong
The Clan of the Cave Bear, Jean M. Auel
Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
Generation X, Douglas Coupland
The Black Book, Orhan Pamuk
Nightwood, Djuna Barnes
The Alexandria Quartet, Lawrence Durrell
The Gormenghast Trilogy, Mervyn Peake
V. , Thomas Pynchon
Neuromancer, William Gibson
Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
Kindred, Octavia Butler
The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
Why Did I Ever, Mary Robison
Hopscotch, Julio Cortázar
Anthropology of an American Girl, Hilary Thayer Hamann
Ice, Anna Kavan
The Magus, John Fowles
Though it's a really bad habit to form, I find it significantly easier to write while drinking. That doesn't mean it's any better, it's not. But instead of sitting there staring at the blank screen, the words often flow better. Then I go back and add/subtract/edit afterwards without any sort of inebriation. It just makes getting the base coat on easier. Getting something down that I can then mold and shape when I have my head on straight.
That being said, over the years, I've tried (and mostly succeeded) in breaking this habit. Because I don't want to wholly rely on any sort of substance to help stir my creativity, it's a dangerously thin line to walk. Unfortunately, it has been one of many factors that has resulted in me writing a lot less.
Back when I use to smoke weed though, jeez, I could get NOTHING done on it. Have no idea how anyone could. I'd just space out and not be able to concentrate. Would usually just give up and go watch cartoons. Haha.
"On Writing" was an infinitely huge help in my most recent push to get back into writing.
I've never felt the need to rhyme
But in my core I feel it's time
To show you that I want to try
Something a little different.
Inside a square-ish hole so tight
I hope this squarer peg feels right
Rhyming now, but fuck this line
My god, I hope it fits.
lol i tried
EDIT: "I Hope It Fits" an Original by (Your_Poem_as_a_song)
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius and Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse.
Both are quick to read, straigthforward books that broadened my life perception a great deal.
I read them together, and they helped me a lot in sorting things out.
I freaking love Project Gutenberg. There's so much bonkers stuff on there it's fascinating.
One of my favorite things is the collection of old children's picturebooks. Here's my absolute fave: "Slovenly Betsy" by Heinrich Hoffman
Fans of "The Office" may remember this guy's name. It's a bunch of cautionary tales for children, warning them against the danger of playing with matches (you die in a fire and make your cats cry) to being overly proud (your neck grows freakishly long).
There's another book that contains the story -- referenced in "The Office" -- of a tailor who will come chop of your fingers if you suck your thumb too much. That book is called "Struwwelpeter: Merry Stories and Funny Pictures"
This is also one of the heaviest edited books there is. Anne Frank had pages and oages about "dicovering her body" in the original" so much so school systems had to remove 11+ pages of the book.
In 2010, the Culpeper County, Virginia school system banned the 50th Anniversary "Definitive Edition" of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, due to "complaints about its sexual content and homosexual themes." This version "includes passages previously excluded from the widely read original edition.... Some of the extra passages detail her emerging sexual desires; others include unflattering descriptions of her mother and other people living together." After consideration, it was decided a copy of the newer version would remain in the library and classes would revert to using the older version.
In 2013, a similar controversy arose in a 7th grade setting in Northville, Michigan, focusing on explicit passages about sexuality. The mother behind the formal complaint referred to portions of the book as "pretty pornographic."
The American Library Association stated that there have been six challenges to the book in the United States since it started keeping records on bans and challenges in 1990, and "Most of the concerns were about sexually explicit material.
Source of many: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Diary_of_a_Young_Girl#Editions_of_the_diary
Also for what it's worth there are a lot of great reads that are now in the public domain. Mostly old stuff by dead people, but still great works of literature worth reading. Not sure how this applies to copyright law outside of the US however.
Right on. I have felt that way out shopping too.
A similar anecdote: Several years ago when we lived in another city we were friends with three other couples that fit this pattern. They all had similar jobs to us, that is the wives all had scientific/engineering jobs like my wife has and the husbands all had software jobs like I do. They all had much larger homes than us, much more expensive cars, and it was obvious they were spending a lot more on clothes, furniture, and electronics. Since we knew what we were paid at work we had a hard time figuring out how they were maintaining their lifestyles, even if they were doing a bit better than us. Over time two of the wive's confided in my wife that they were pretty badly in debt.
The Millionaire Next Door relates some similar stories.
I remember when the last book got leaked the weak before release everyone thought it was fake. Someone on 4chan posted scans of the epilogue and nobody believed it was real because it was terrible.
My favorite version of Harry Potter is "Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality" http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5782108/1/Harry_Potter_and_the_Methods_of_Rationality
It's a complete rewrite of the first book, but in this one Harry is actually a science minded geek and his step parents are scientists who are skeptical about magic.
>So not only is the wizarding economy almost completely decoupled from the Muggle economy, no one here has ever heard of arbitrage. The larger Muggle economy had a fluctuating trading range of gold to silver, so every time the Muggle gold-to-silver ratio got more than 5% away from the weight of seventeen Sickles to one Galleon, either gold or silver should have drained from the wizarding economy until it became impossible to maintain the exchange rate. Bring in a ton of silver, change to Sickles (and pay 5%), change the Sickles for Galleons, take the gold to the Muggle world, exchange it for more silver than you started with, and repeat.
>Wasn't the Muggle gold to silver ratio somewhere around fifty to one? Harry didn't think it was seventeen, anyway. And it looked like the silver coins were actually smaller than the gold coins.
>Then again, Harry was standing in a bank that literally stored your money in vaults full of gold coins guarded by dragons, where you had to go in and take out coins out of your vault whenever you wanted to spend money. The finer points of arbitraging away market inefficiencies might well be lost on them. He'd been tempted to make some sort of snide remark about the crudity of their financial system...
Interesting to hear Gaiman talk about how he thinks books are special -- I'm a big collector and a moderately big Gaiman fan and agree with many of his points, but I can't think of a living author who churns out more "special" editions than he does. Absolute Sandman, Sandman Omnibus, Annotated Sandman, the plethora of pseudo-limited editions of The Ocean at the End of the Lane that came out last year... what about the new slipcased signed edition of Coraline that came out recently in the UK? How's that Subterranean Press edition looking now? And Stardust? The Charles Vess versions have had multiple "limited" iterations as well as the "novel" version "for adults". I understand much of this must come from distribution regions and is dictated by his publishers, but he's still signing thousands of books a year for these "limited" runs that seem to be trumped by a better looking, better made version later on, most of which get primarily sold on these online markets. Very curious.
Here's a signed Coraline if anyone's interested.
In no particular order:
Catch-22 by Heller
The Count of Monte Cristo by Dumas
The Brief Life of Oscar Wao by Diaz
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Murakami
A Kiss (short story) by Chekhov
Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Marquez
The Gulag Archipelago (non-fiction) by Solzhenitsyn
On Liberty (philosophy) by John Stuart Mill
Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals (philosophy) by Kant
EDIT: I'd also add The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
The Youtube album has been removed but if you have spotify you can listen to the recordings here
Enjoy my poorly formatted list:
If I'm not mistaken, this is from Stephen King's On Writing. This is a very cool comic rendition. The audiobook should be online somewhere if you feel like giving it a try. It's more or less about his opinion of what writing is and how he became the writer he is today.
I actually had to quit reading Dracula because I couldn't translate what they were saying to basic english in my head. Came back after highschool, loved the book and read it very fast. Occasional parts of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance would also fuck with me but I never quit outright.
I should have quit reading the Interpretation of Dreams, because I was just trying to look cool by reading my brother's books when I was a little preteen. But I somehow sat around reading that thing, not understanding any of it, for months. Ultimately I think it was good for me because while I understood maybe 10% of it, little moments would filter through (strange sex dreams, bits of logic) and they probably went really far to such a young mind.
In "How To Win Friends and Influence People," Dale Carnegie said something to the effect of, nobody would do anything if they didn't think it was the right thing to be doing at that time. I have tried ever since to fully comprehend another's thought process before discrediting their argument/point of view.
I've been an English teacher in an urban high school for three years - 9th and 10th grade - so I've got a couple of recommendations.
In my experience, a lot of girls really like The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. It's very approachable but also quite thematically dense and poetic if the kids are ready to experience it on that level.
I've never met a student who didn't like To Kill a Mockingbird. I think there's a reason it's the institution that it is. Wonderful characters, deeply compelling and consistently dramatic.
I just finished teaching Native Son for the first time and really, really enjoyed it. In a lot of ways, it's one of the first "urban fiction" books, but it's also a very nuanced argument about race politics in America. ALL of your kids will be drawn in by the lurid details of Bigger Thomas's life - and many of them will know (or maybe even be) a real-life Bigger Thomas - but they're also getting a dose of really trenchant social critique.
It's already been mentioned ITT, but The Things They Carried is really gripping and in my opinion it's honestly the best possible introduction a young reader can have to a lot of postmodern themes - thinking critically about the limits of narrative and the relativity of truth.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X is a rightful classic, and Geoffrey Canada's newer Fist Stick Knife Gun is a shorter and more accessible autobiography that examines many of the problems faced by inner-city youth today.
Finally, I often send students home with books to read individually as well, and I recently gave a student One Hundred Years of Solitude - not a book I'd hand to just any student, but this girl is absolutely loving it and comes to my class each day just flustered with ideas and questions about the book. It's been really cool to see a 16 year-old mind wrestling with that one. You can literally see the insights and the breakthroughs on her face.
Seriously, I don't even read ebooks (I like flipping pages) but this is just pissing me off with every new comment. What kind of bullshit is this? Charging libraries $100-200 for a copy of an ebook because "you don't ever have to buy a new one, so we're going to charge you as though you would have had to replace it several times. We'll decide how many times that is."
>What we discovered in the process is how wildly we disagree about everything, except how much we love books. We wanted novels, sure, but we also wanted picture books, science
books, histories and young adult novels. We wanted things that were old, like The Old Man
and the Sea, but also things that were hot off the press, like When Breath Becomes Air.
>The most important thing about creating any list is figuring out ways to narrow it down, so we decided to choose 75 books from just the last 75 years (sorry, Grapes of Wrath, you just missed the cut) and books written only by North Americans, because if we opened it up to the world we would miss plenty of gems out of sheer ignorance and wind up with a lot more than 75 books!
>That seemed like a reasonable solution until we realized that meant leaving off Harry Potter, a deal breaker for half of our staff, so we defaulted to books written in English.
> 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' by Robert M. Pirsig
Meh. Maybe I've not been in the right mental space for this one every time I tried it, but I just cannot get into this book at all. Tried it several times, years apart, every time thinking that this is something I should like... but no.
Taggerung will always be my favorite, but all the other Redwalls were close behind.
Agh, the description of the FOOD! salivates By the way, there's totally a Redwall cookbook!
I wish I had done the same thing with Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. In November 1975 I got to page 119 (yeah I remember) where the guy's undergoing electroshock therapy to destroy his old personality. I was emotionally really rocky at the time, and I so identified with this sequence.
So I put the book down and proceeded to have a nervous breakdown.
I was suicidally depressed for almost a year. Least fun period of my life.
Even years later I know I will never try to finish that book. It's like the cover has There be Dragons Here printed on it.
He's got some audio lecture series that IMO are his best work. The Power of Myth stuff is very good, but Bill Moyers leads the discussion with his questions, and it seems to cause a bit of a lack of focus. In his lectures, Campbell can flesh out a single idea over the course of 30-40 minutes and it allows for greater depth.
There seems to be a lot of content available for free on Spotify:
I assume that these are the same lectures I'd heard.
This comment rings true for me.
When I (very briefly) met Obama, I asked him what book he recommended the most. He said "Thinking, Fast and Slow."
It's a fantastic read. It talks a lot about how people think, and ties closely to the quote cited in OP.
This is the first time I had heard of this, so I went looking.
> I have never read a single one of his books and I never plan to. Life’s too short.
>No offence, but Pratchett is so low on my list of books to read before I die that I would have to live a million years before getting round to him.
What a monumental fucking dick. I love Terry's books, and no, I don't consider them a "high literary achievement" but who fucking cares?
From the FAQ section on Kickstarter:
>Is a creator legally obligated to fulfill the promises of their project?
From the wording here, it sounds like Kickstarter itself might need to sue him for a breach of its Terms of Service. I'm not sure whether individual backers can sue.
Also you can check out the works of Sir Richard Francis Burton on Project Gutenberg.
He was a very interesting guy - an adventurer who was also an amazing linguist, translating several well known foreign texts (Kama Sutra and Arabian Nights being the most prominent).
Edit: I should also mention that he is one of the main characters (fictionally) in the Riverworld sci-fi series by Philip José Farmer and was most probably the template for the character Flashman by George MacDonald Fraser. Both series are definitely worth a look.
Speaker for the Dead - Orson Scott Card
Xenocide - Orson Scott Card
East of Eden - John Steinbeck
The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
Paradise Lost - John Milton
Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
Life of Pi - Yann Martel
The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
they thought they were free - Milton Mayer
Beloved - Toni Morrison
The Call of the Wild & White Fang - Jack London
Walden and Other Writings - Henry David Thoreau
Nightfall - Isaac Asimov
The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd
The Wealth of Nations - Adam Smith
The Adventures of Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoevsky
I'm not going to run out of reading material anytime soon :)
either that, or just a creature of habit (like Stephen King seems to swear by, “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” & “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There's no way around these two things that I'm aware of, no shortcut.” - his book On Writing is amazing imho)
I hope you're kidding about expecting anything, let alone demons, to jump out of a book.
> A very bratty perspective on the world, the Satanists believe they have no responsibility for man’s contribution or destruction of the planet. As a convicted collectivist, i couldn’t disagree more with their thesis for how people should go about their lives.
You might want to look up The Satanic Temple then. Although they're more rational, no magic. The documentary Hail Satan? is pretty interesting.
Neil Gaiman himself answered this question on Twitter:
"And for those asking, No, 6 years of AMERICAN GODS on TV doesn't mean just the 1st book. It means I need to write the 2nd now, for a start."
The Martian Chronicles/The Illustrated Man/The Golden Apples of the Sun by Ray Bradbury
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
The Ultimate Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Divine Comedy by Dante
Grimm's Fairy Tales by Brothers Grimm
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
American Gods/Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
H.P. Lovecraft: Complete Fiction by H. P. Lovecraft
Jules Verne: Seven Novels by Jules Verne
The Holy Bible
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice
The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Jane Austen: Seven Novels by Jane Austen
The Arabian Nights by Richard Francis Burton
B&N Leatherbound Classics
I sell books. Its worth 500 to 1000 dollars on Amazon depending on how many are on the market right now. https://keepa.com/#!product/1-096300963X put it on ebay with a minimum of 400 is your best bet if you actually want to sell it. Good chance it will take 3 to 6 months to actually sell though.
Headline is just a little misleading:
"And while some parts of the world get to celebrate Public Domain Day this year with the freeing of works by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Paul Klee, Leon Trotsky, Walter Benjamin and others, here in the US, we come up empty yet again."
So works did enter the public domain, just not in the US.
The introduction. We bring them the idea that minds are run "in hardware" and that the exact platform can vary.
Some theory work, as well as making them comfortable with math and weird self-referential consciousness junk and showing them that what they see may not necessarily be what's happening. Plus some laughs. This sets them up for the first major stroke:
Now that their mind is open, we break their preconceptions and give them the terrible gifts of moral, ethical, and intellectual freedom and self-determination:
I'm not a big audiobook person (I'd prefer a podcast in that situation), but I listened to Ten Days in a Madhouse and thought was super interesting / illuminating.
"In 1887 Nellie Bly, one of the first female newspaper writers, and a young reporter who would soon go on to make a career for herself as an investigative journalist and “stunt” reporter, had herself committed to the Blackwell’s Island Insane Asylum in New York. Her purpose was to discover what life was like for those who had been deemed insane. She was surprised to discover the depth of mistreatement of the patients. Partially as a result of her reporting, more money was allocated to the asylum and reforms were put into place. (Summary by Alice)"
Perhaps it is the exact opposite. As much as I enjoyed Carnegie's How To Win Friends and Influence People, I was kinda surprised to find that most of the information was either: already pretty obvious to me, or non-applicable to my life as it was constructed.
It is important to remember that some people hear a lot more good advice and do a lot more critical thinking in their life and that some of that advice and thinking overlaps what Carnegie puts forward for those who are unaware.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig.
I REALLY wanted to love it. And I thought I would. But the whole thing just fell flat for me. I mean, I appreciated the intellect of his writing but it just didn't move me the way my friend promised it would.
If you're interested there is a documentary about the author and his book on Netflix. He is heavily interviewed in it. It is very well done. American Anarchist FYI the book you bought might not even be the real book. There are lots of knockoffs.
http://www.worldcat.org/ is what you are looking for.
For example here are the results for Neitzche.
The user interface is not great, and you may have to refine your search a few times to really get what you are looking for, but it's extremely comprehensive.
Ohh I adore these type of books. Definitely enjoyed Bill Bryson and Yuval Noah Harari's writings. Others that I recall as being pretty good are - The Noonday Demon (on depression), The White Road (porcelain), A Random Walk Down Wall Street (investing), The Better Angels of Ohr Nature (violence), The Anatomy of Violence.
I'm not sure why this is mentioned as a must-read philosophical text in the article. If you're only going to read one philosophical book and your aim is to achieve a decent overview you'd do much better by reading something like Blackburn's Think or Bertrand Russell's A History of Western Philosophy.
I always found Brave New World more plausible that 1984, just because I can't imagine a people putting up with the 1984 stuff for as long.
Here's a somewhat related article on Huxley's letter to Orwell, a former student of his: http://www.openculture.com/2015/03/huxley-to-orwell-my-hellish-vision-of-the-future-is-better-than-yours.html
Use automatic translation ... for example, deepl.com translates this as follows, quite readable:
While Paul Klee was teaching at the Bauhaus, the lecture cycles recorded in a book from November 1921 to the end of 1922, which Klee described as contributions to the theory of visual form, and around 3900 loose manuscript pages, which were written between 1923 and 1931 and are summarised under the title "Bildnerische Gestaltungslehre" (Theory of Visual Design), were created. Today, all teaching notes are kept in the archives of the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern.
Investigations into Klee's teaching notes have so far mainly been based on two editions by Jürg Spiller, although these have been criticised since their publication. Spiller changed the original structure of the material by tearing individual sheets out of context, combining them at his own discretion and supplementing the original documents with his own representations. In addition, there is often no proof of the sources. He started from the idea of a complete, self-contained system that could be reconstructed from the various manuscripts. In the first volume Das bildnerische Denken (1956) he combined statements from Klee's teaching with his writings and statements from the lecture in Jena, without taking into account the context and history of the texts. Huggler criticized that Spiller applied a static instead of a dynamic view: "The temporal stratification of the theoretical material as well as the trains of thought remained unnoticed. In 1970, Spiller published Infinite Natural History without any significant methodological changes.
Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator
Though I've lived this simple life of mine
How I try to understand and empathize
With how I feel you're feeling
Just want to keep on singing
So never stop yourself from writing rhymes
Cause I'll sing them all the time
"Never Stop" (An Original by Your_Poem_As_A_Song)
McCarthy has explained his distaste for punctuation a couple of times, saying for instance "There’s no reason to blot the page up with weird little marks. I mean, if you write properly you shouldn’t have to punctuate."
The lack of punctuation forces a writing style that demands a certain level of clarity. Take quotation marks as an example. Without quotation marks the reader might not be able to quickly understand which character is speaking, but McCarthy needs to leave enough clues in the text that the reader can figure it out. In cases where this is impossible (I can't recall any off the top of my head) this could be a deliberate device to introduce ambiguity.
In my opinion, the lack of commas, semicolons and so on also creates a spare, interesting style. In this quotation from the crossing you get some repetitive, staccato sentences that probably wouldn't be written by a writer using more punctuation:
"His pale hair looked white. He looked fourteen going on some age that never was. He looked as if he’d been sitting there and God had made the trees and rocks around him. He looked like his own reincarnation and then his own again. Above all else he looked to be filled with a terrible sadness. As if he harbored news of some horrendous loss that no one else had heard of yet. Some vast tragedy not of fact or incident or event but of the way the world was."
>the opposite is happening now
Paraphrasing a common argument: Aldous Huxley criticized Orwell's dystopian vision in so far as the exercise of power through pleasure is much more effective than pain.
Big business seeks our desires, accentuates the loss, void, or privation of those desires - even if they are only momentary - and capitalize on providing solutions.
>Our consumerism supplants our identities. After a time we function less as isolated decision makers and more as neurons firing and feeding back in support of a larger network.
This is the world as presented by Huxley in Brave New World. People as consumers of every pleasure while fulfilling a role assigned at conception. Any doubt is erased with a dose of soma.
Great, great writeup.
Yeah, I don't think King gets enough credit. He's a brilliant person and master at his craft. Read 'On Writing' if you want to know more about him.
He has some superfluous stuff, and some kind of lame ducks (The Dead Zone, for example, is pretty weak IMO). But he isn't just a commercial horror writer. He's much, much more than that. Dude knows his stuff.
And yeah, Dan Brown was the first person to come to mind when I read this thread. A lot of critics pan him, despite the fact that the Da Vinci Code is one of the more popular books the last 10-20 years.
Wow. I actually don't remember that passage, but that's incredibly powerful as well. The whole book is gut wrenching not simply for the depiction of what people endured physically but the psychological and spiritual breakdown which is so vividly conveyed to the reader. To depict what you witnessed is one thing but to illustrate the affect on your being is on another level.
If anyone is looking for another powerful piece from the Holocaust, I'm in the middle of Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning.
> Why doesn’t this cocksucker use quotation marks?
James Ellroy on Cormac McCarthy
Literature PhD here. King is not viewed as a joke or subpar writer in the University setting (maybe by some professors). He has a huge body of work, so there are definitely duds. But none of my colleagues consider him a joke and he is generally respected. Many will teach some of his short stories, and he has an essay about writing that is fairly highly regarded and assigned in a lot of creative writing workshops.
EDIT: The "essay" I referred to is actually an entire book, it's called "On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft." There is one chapter, also called "On Writing," that is often assigned in workshops.
The Blind Owl: Written by a Persian author who committed suicide afterwards, is a haunting tale of loss and spiritual degradation. Replete with potent symbolism and terrifying surrealistic imagery, Sadegh Hedayat's masterpice details a young man's despair after losing a mysterious lover. And as the author gradually drifts into frenzy and madness, the reader becomes caught in the sandstorm of Hedayat's bleak vision of the human condition. The Blind Owl, which has been translated into many foreign languages, has often been compared to the writing of Edgar Allen Poe.
The Third Policeman: one of the Creators' of Lost main influences, is Flann O'Brien's brilliantly dark comic novel about the nature of time, death, and existence. Told by a narrator who has committed a botched robbery and brutal murder, the novel follows him and his adventures in a two-dimensional police station where, through the theories of the scientist/philosopher de Selby, he is introduced to "Atomic Theory" and its relation to bicycles, the existence of eternity (which turns out to be just down the road), and de Selby's view that the earth is not round but "sausage-shaped." With the help of his newly found soul named "Joe," he grapples with the riddles and
contradictions that three eccentric policeman present to him.
Normans' The Design of Everyday Things. Its a interesting read on how to design good user interfaces. Should be required for all programmers.
The thing I've always liked about King is that if you told him tomorrow that nobody would ever read his work again and he would never be remembered, the dude would still write ten pages before lunch every day. That said, I also think he desperately needs an editor with a keen eye. When you keep him to shorter forms, King really shines—the novellas, short stories, and shorter novels like Misery and The Shining are where it's at for me. Books like It have some awesome things happening and the overall story is generally well-conceived, but I always feel like they'd be better minus two subplots and about 400 pages.
And ditto to "On Writing." Awesome book.
OP, and these creaters, seem to be copying themselves with sound clips and as well as some of the art.
Honesty, this is either a huge money/karma grab and it needs to be EXPOSED SON.
"Lies My Teacher Told Me" by James W. Loewen - American History but if you can find other examples for several countries out there.
"The Four Pillars of Investing" by William J. Bernstein - If you're at all interested in investing in general or for retirement. As long as you are at least marginally interested in the subject matter its great for showing/talking about how people get stuck in their ways and actively try justify poor decision making.
"Freakonomics" by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner - An entire book devoted to trying to teach you the benefits of critical thinking and not taking things at face value.
"I'm Just Here for the Food" by Alton Brown - A cookbook, but an educational one that fits in between a traditional cookbook and something like "On Food and Cooking", which is probably outside your scope. Really gets into talking about how various cooking methods and ingredients play together chemically to equal something damn delicious.
This article is garbage. King wrote in one of his forwards (sorry can't remember which one, he's got 250 books) all about his Bachman process and how he got outed. Not to mention this goddamn article starts in DC in 85 with a phone call to the man who found him out and then NEVER returns to that story. What the fuck?
The book where he talks about it might be On Writing
First, Richard Feynman's memoir Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman is a very readable series of episodes from this remarkable character's life, as told to a friend.
Second, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt is an incredible dive into the strangeness lurking at the heart of a genteel town in the deep South. The somewhat fictionalised movie made from the book is quite good, too.
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I know it's not quite the same, but a lot of small and independent presses offer a digital copy with print purchase. Dzanc Books does, I think, and it's catching on (to a certain degree) with some larger publishers thanks to Kindle Matchbook. They're not all free, but I feel like it won't be too long before it's standard procedure. Fingers crossed!
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In college I worked at a used book store for in-store credit. They had a first edition of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas for around $100. I started saving my in-store credit to buy that book, but would inevitably find another "must have" book, so I never quite got enough credit to purchase it...
then, Hunter Thompson killed himself. the book was gone the very next day.
of course the price skyrocketed, but I don't think I would have ever sold it
It's not just the general public. My publisher will send me printed hardbound and paperback copies of my book if I ask, but they couldn't get me a legal version of the ebook. (They did send me a pdf of the "pre-press version). As evilcleverdog says, they don't control the digital rights and can't distribute them.
Amazon does however have a program (Kindle Matchbook) by which you can get deeply discounted (sometimes free) digital version of print books you purchased from them (going back years). Check here https://www.amazon.com/gp/digital/ep-landing-page/186-8509172-3125822?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0