|"When it comes to my reading preferences I really enjoy science and naturalist literature. I hold a special fondness for titles along the likes of Loren Eiseley, Carl Sagan, and R. Buckminster Fuller because of their brilliant inquiries into the nature of the modern world, however, don't be surprised to catch me reading Edgar Allan Poe or Stephen King either because I'm fascinated by the macabre and dark side of human nature as well."|
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A thrilling detective story that stands apart from the urban crime genre with its unsettling pace and relentless subject matter. From the same author who wrote Lush Life, Clockers, and several seasons of the The Wire, this novel reads like a master screenplay that leaves one gripping the edge of the seat. Sharp dialogue, no pretensions about the characters, and a gut wrenching strive for truth. Not for the faint hearted, but perhaps for those willing to be moved by its absurd truths and luminous sense of irony. Buckle up.
An eloquent meditation on Zen philosophy that reconciles contradictory motifs of human nature with intimate acuity. If you are not familiar with Watt's work then this a good stepping stone to begin your exploration of his many lectures, essays, and books ranging from Eastern philosophy to Zen Buddhism. Alan details the human disposition with remarkable lucidity; thought-provoking and impossible to put down.
A deep and sympathetic inquiry into the most puzzling facets of our universe. A renowned astrophysicist, Sagan sets the stage for critical thinking in regards to the historical biases concerning our idea and place in the stars. Where we came from, what we're doing, and where we can go. Acknowledged as one of his most significant works and comprehensive in its entirety; it is a book for the ages and has inspired generations of science enthusiasts ready to confront the problems of our time. Sagan's body of work is extensive and I suggest you check them all out if you enjoy this one.
A crystallization of Fuller's propensity for problem solving as it concerns global affairs. Drawing upon his experience as an architect, designer, and systems theorist, Fuller treads the path of common sense while supporting his ideas with profound observations of the natural world. A beautiful analysis of humanity's detrimental affinity for short-sightedness. Fuller will forever remain one of the most forward thinking minds of the 20th century. Check out his work entitled "Critical Path" for a more comprehensive look at many of the ideas merely touched upon in this one.
A collection of short stories that reflect upon American working class struggles. Acute in its delivery and unforgettable in its impressions. Great for casual perusing and one of my favorites to re-read. It seems to transcend the burdens of its characters through a common struggle for hope. The world is dangerous, Carver makes no mistake about it, yet tackles its indifference with honest compassion and whimsical simplicity. The art of the short story at its finest.