Monday, December 1, 2014

Reading list

2015 is coming up, my droogs and padrogas. I think that coming up with a list of stuff to read or just to keep my eye out for in the next year is in order. I guess these are reading goals for 2015.

First, to get it out of the way, the hard stuff:

  1. The Autobiography of Malcolm X

  2. It's in my local library. I think the time is right to reexamine some of the classic stuff from a more radical time.
  3. The Diary of Søren Kierkegaard

  4. I've always avoided Kierkegaard. I think it's the name, or maybe it's that christian philosophy and ethics tends to ask the reader to assume that there is a God (That was I never made it far with Pensées by Pascal at least.) This was just suggested because he gets into some stuff about the indivual vs the group, and the quotes look good.
  5. Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

  6. I need to re-read this. It has to be done.
  7. Principia Mathematica

  8. There are books I find myself returning to every now and then, because as I change, so does the book. Siddartha is that book. Bertrand Russell is an author and a thinker I find myself returning to a lot, like Kurt Vonnegut or George Carlin. For the record: George Carlin is equal to Bertrand Russell.
  9. Two treatises of Government

  10. If I have to hear John Locke argued one more time by another political pundit, I'll explode. I've already got a bit of anarchist theory under my belt, so why not throw this into the pile as well?
    Wow, that is a heavy list. 24 books are going to make this list, that's a goal of 2 books a month. If it keeps going like this, you'll find me hanging in my closet by May.
  11. When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?

  12. This book, like Gödel, Escher, Bach above, has been on my "to read again" list for a few years. 2015 is as good a time as any, I think.
    Jesus, I'm boring. I'm looking through my Goodreads recommendations for something light and fun to read, and its mostly books on programming, math and eastern philosophy with some comic books thrown in there. Oh! Wait!
  13. Cyrptonomicon

  14. On my book shelf. I loved Snowcrash and I found this book for like $0.50 at a book sale.
There is the first 7. I can actually think of more, but I want to go home and find some light reading. Most of the stuff I can think of is pretty heavy, and life just isn't fun with out light fluff. Hey, maybe the next list will have some actual insights on these books.

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