"Here are the books I read."
The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon is an American epic of the old West for our own times -- a novel huge in its imaginative scope and daring in its themes. The narrator is Shed, or Duivichi-un-Dua, a half-breed bisexual boy who makes his living at the Indian Head Hotel in the little turn-of-the-century town of Excellent, Idaho. The imperious Ida Richilieu is Shed's employer, the town's mayor and the mistress, and the mistress and owner of this outrageously pink whorehouse. Together with the beautiful prostitute Alma Hatch, and the philosophical, green-eyed, half-crazy cowboy Dellwood Barker, this collection of misfits and outcasts make up the core of Shed's eccentric family. And although laced with the ugliness and cruelty of the frontier West -- Shed is raped by the same man who then murders the woman he thinks is his mother, and the Mormon townspeople bring a fiery end to Ida's raucous way of life -- the love and acceptance that tie this family together provide the true heart of this novel. The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon is a beautifully told, mythic tale that is as well a profound meditation on sexualty, race and man's relationship to himself and the natural world.
For anyone who has ever loved and lost a dog. WARNING : this book will make you cry!
This book is one of the best collections of ancient texts, commentaries, and talks by present-day teachers on the simplest yet most profound of Buddhist meditations.
Despite being an incarnate Lama, Mingyur Rinponche was subject to crippling panic attacks as a child. This is his story. Part meditation manual, part autobiography, and part intro to neuroscience, this is one of the most interesting books written by a Tibetan Buddhist teacher.
Carl Jung was no ordinary man. As a child he had two personalities. As a man he was plagued by God's "dark, terrible secrets". As an adult his psyche was overrun by the collective unconscious. But he pulls it all together in the end to become the godfather of transpersonal psychology. Hurray!
My favorite book! Full of religious and philosophical ideas as well as crazy scenes, unforgettable characters, and drunken high drama, The Brothers Karamazov matches depth with entertainment like no other.
To read Street of Crocodiles is to enter a world so full of color, humor, and imagination that one cannot help but see anew. A remarkable book!