The Official Serious Reading List

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Science and Sanity, Korzybski.
The founding text of General Semantics.

The Tao of Physics, Capra
Explores parallels between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism.


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Why is this list such shit garbage?


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Why is this list such shit garbage?

tbh it's basically just a list of foundational philosophy. Like, Plato's Republic? You don't just pick that up one day for casual reading; most of these are comprehensive, intense, and frankly boring books that are difficult to swallow for even professional philosophers.

I feel like this list is heavily lacking fiction, or anything but straight essays. Here's some modern fiction you might want to consider:

Hopscotch: A Novel - Julio Cortazar; Experimental writing style in the form of a novel which can be read in any order while maintaining a coherent plot.

The Innovators - Walter Isaacson; a detailing of several important figures in the technology world and their creative process.

When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi; a novelized autobiography about a neurosurgeon's fight with lung cancer, up to his death before completing the book.

The Savage Detectives - Robert Bolano; just read it.

Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self - Danielle Evans; a short story debut collection. Fantastic characterization and storytelling.

A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain - Robert Olen Butler; short story collection about post-war Vietnam.

Drinking Coffee Elsewhere - ZZ Packer; Another debut story collection about the struggles of black people in America.

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Slade House; it's starts off about a little kid that gets high on Valium at a fancy party hosted by a creepy family. It's a series of interconnected short stories. It's incredible.
 
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Science and Sanity, Korzybski.
The founding text of General Semantics.

The Tao of Physics, Capra
Explores parallels between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism.
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I tried reading the Tao of physics, it's overview of physics was good and the over view of eastern religion was nice but I'm not sure if it was good or not since I know little about it.

But damn does it get blatant at parts with shitting on Western culture, every time it tries to make a point it boils down to "the greeks got it all wrong and the west got it all wrong by copying the greeks and only modern physicists are enlightened enough to realize that dt suzuki was right because being inarticulate is the pinnacle of human intelligence"

I mean at one point he takes a pretty big shit on euclidean geometry, then later uses euclidean geometry as a way to articulate his point, then goes on to quote some eastern mystic saying "you can't know shit so stop trying"; it's hypocritical weabooism.


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Also even a non-christian would acknowledge that only having anti-christian works in the religion category is pretty vapid. You're not even helping atheists or anyone else with that list given the fame of the authors.


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That socialism section is cancerous as shit. Half of it is Noam Chomsky? wtf? And then Petr Kropotkin, who hardly even touches on socialism as much as just skipping straight to anarcho-communism. And then just the Communist Manifesto? Awful.

Better Socialist Reading List:

Marx - Wages Prices and Profit, Das Kapital: Volume I, Wage Labour and Capital, Critique of the Gotha Program, and The Paris Commune.

Engels - Socialism: Utopian and Scientific and Anti-Dühring

Lenin - What is To Be Done, The State and the Revolution

Stalin - Foundations of Leninism and Anarchism or Socialism


 
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Awful.
You clearly can't know it's an awful list given that you didn't properly read the OP:

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I'm just going off my own books, so feel free to suggest additions.

The whole point of this thread is reciprocity.


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20th Century Social Revolutionaries(Socialism/Communism/Libertinism)
The Unknown Revolution 1917-1921: Book One: Birth, Growth and Triumph of the Revolution - Voline
The Unknown Revolution 1917-1921: Book Two: Bolshevism and Anarchism - Voline
The Unknown Revolution 1917-1921: Book Three: The Struggle for the Real Social Revolution - Voline
Homage To Catalonia - George Orwell

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New Right (Alternative Right/Dissident Right/Nationalist Right)
Imperium by Francis - Parker Yockey
Camp of the Saints - Jean Raspail
Revolt Against the Modern World - Julius Evola
The Metaphysics of War - Julius Evola
The New World of Islam - Lothrop Stoddard
The Rising Tide of Colour Against White World Supremacy - Lothrop Stoddard
Confessions of an Economic Hitman - John Perkins
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