Because my mother was a librarian when I was growing up, my relationship with books may be more promiscuous than is typical. My goal here is to share what has been for me a great adventure of learning. A book, as an experience, becomes a piece of the puzzle we each must assemble, more or less deliberately, in creating our lives. It is a means of actively guiding the influence of the world on our development, and as such is an essential part of any program of self-evolution, with toast, juice, milk, and spread.

There is a lot of breathless speculation that the age of networked computing spells the death of traditional print. My experience in the online environment suggests otherwise. Far from leading me away from print, what I've found online has inspired me to seek out books I would never have otherwise picked up. I find the hypertext format, nobly wielded, provides a rich context in which ideas can be more firmly grasped. This, then, confers the kind of intellectual self-confidence which makes opening a new book a welcome and rewarding challenge.

Now what do we do about all that paper?

Titles are listed in the order in which I read them, with the most recent first.
* indicates a re-reading of the book.

Richard Feynman
A Life in Science
John Gribbin & Mary Gribbin07-21-02
The Omega Seed
An Eschatological Hypothesis
Paolo Soleri10-16-99
A New Translation of the Classic Biblical Stories
Stephen Mitchell09-18-99
Kahlil Gibran
Poet, Madman, Wanderer
Kahlil Gibran09-13-99
Port of Saints William S. Burroughs07-18-99
The Cosmic Blueprint
Order and Complexity at the Edge of Chaos
Paul Davies03-09-99
Rumi's Divan of Shems of Tabriz Mevlana Jaláluddin Rumi02-22-99
The Black Death
Natural and Human Disaster in Medieval Europe
Robert S. Gottfried02-02-99
The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana Sir Richard F. Burton (trans.)01-16-99
Interzone William S. Burroughs12-05-98
Time for the Stars
Astronomy in the 1990s
Alan Lightman11-07-98
The Hunting of the Snark Lewis Carroll11-01-98
Kalki Gore Vidal10-26-98
Operating Manual For Spaceship Earth R. Buckminster Fuller10-15-98
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson08-14-98
The Job William S. Burroughs08-09-98
Sweetness and Power
The place of sugar in modern history
Sidney W. Mintz07-16-98
The Oblivion Seekers Isabelle Eberhardt
(Translated by Paul Bowles)
The Phenomenon of Man Teilhard de Chardin*05-21-98
I Think, Therefore I Laugh
A funny and infinitely wise approach to the problems raised by Plato, Pascal, Russell, and Marx (Groucho)
John Allen Paulos05-06-98
Marijuana Myths Marijuana Facts
A Review of the Scientific Evidence
Lynn Zimmer, Ph.D. &
John P. Morgan, M.D.
Mushrooms, Molds, and Miracles
The Strange Realm of Fungi
Lucy Kavaler03-03-98
VALIS Philip K. Dick02-21-98
The Names of Things
A Passage in the Egyptian Desert
Susan Brind Morrow01-19-98
Disappearing Through the Skylight
Culture and Technology in the Twentieth Century
O. B. Hardison, Jr.12-18-97
The Spiritual Universe
How Quantum Physics Proves the Existence of the Soul
Fred Alan Wolf, Ph.D.11-24-97
My Education
A Book of Dreams
William S. Burroughs10-25-97
The Continuation
Alexander & Ann Shulgin10-23-97
Exterminator! William S. Burroughs10-03-97
Antonin Artaud: Four Texts Antonin Artaud09-24-97
Meditations on First Philosophy René Descartes09-23-97
Freedom From Fear
And Other Writings
Aung San Suu Kyi08-20-97
Counsels on the Spiritual Life Thomas á Kempis07-29-97
The Threat of American Neo-Fascism
A Prudential Inquiry
Carl Marzani07-08-97
The Tao of Chaos
DNA & The I Ching: Unlocking the Code of the Universe
Katya Walter07-08-97
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Tom Robbins06-18-97
The Time Machine H. G. Wells06-13-97
On Liberty and Drugs
Essays on the Free Market and Prohibition
Milton Friedman
& Thomas Szasz
The Song of God
Swami Prabhavananda
& Christopher Isherwood (trans.)
On Great Men Thomas Carlyle06-07-97
The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind Julian Jaynes06-02-97
The Art of War Sun Tzu05-22-97
The Elements of Gnosticism Stuart Holroyd05-21-97
Beyond Birth and Death A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada05-16-97
Food of the Gods
The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge
Terence McKenna05-12-97
The Human Body
Its Structure and Operation
Isaac Asimov05-09-97
The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls A. Powell Davies05-06-97
Steal This Urine Test
Fighting Drug Hysteria in America
Abbie Hoffman04-22-97
The Youngest Science
Notes of a Medicine-Watcher
Lewis Thomas02-21-97
Jerusalem Colin Thubron02-09-97
Fire in the Brain
Clinical Tales of Hallucination
Ronald K. Siegel02-97
The Dream Assembly
Tales of Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi
Howard Scwartz
(collected & retold by)
The First Step
A Guide for the New Jewish Spirit
Rabbi Zalman
Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice Mark J. Plotkin, Ph. D.01-97
Comes the Millennium "Jack Blake"01-97
Junky William S. Burroughs12-96
Process and Reality Alfred North Whitehead12-96
Siddhartha Herman Hesse11-96
Tuva or Bust! Ralph Leighton96
Kinski Uncut Klaus Kinski96
The Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson96
Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony Lewis Thomas96
The Global Myths Alexander Eliot96
The Lives of a Cell Lewis Thomas96
The Power of the Machine R. A. Buchanan96
A History of PI Petr Beckmann96
Holy Madness Georg Feuerstein96
The Diamond Age Neal Stephenson96
This Is IT Alan Watts96
The Further Reaches of Human Nature A. H. Maslow96
The Phenomenon of Man Teilhard de Chardin96
The Politics of Consciousness Steve Kubby96
The Portable Blake Alfred Kazin, ed.96
The Adolescence of P-1 Thomas J. Ryan96
The Archaic Revival Terence McKenna96
The Western Lands William S. Burroughs95
The Collapse of Chaos Jack Cohen
& Ian Stewart
Death, Afterlife, and Eschatology Mircea Eliade95
The Making of a New Science
James Gleick95
Childhood's End Arthur C. Clarke95
The Varieties of Religious Experience William James95
The Invisible Landscape Terence McKenna95
CYBERIA Douglas Rushkoff95
Ayahuasca Analogues Jonatha Ott95
Pharmako/Poeia Vol. I Dale Pendell95
True Hallucinations Terence McKenna95
Autobiography of a Schizophrenic Girl "Renee"95
The Upanishads Swami Prabhavananda
& Frederick Manchester
(eds. and trans.)
The Mahabharata William Buck
(retold by)
Elemental Mind Nick Herbert94
Insanely Great Steve Levy94
2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke94
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