Some good books I have read, recently or not:

The End of History and the Last Man by Francis Fukuyama
The Metaphysical Club by Louis Menand
Can Love Last? by Stephen Mitchell
Dogs and Demons by Alex Kerr
Geography of Nowhere by James H. Kunstler
Bowling Alone by Robert D. Putnum
Tenured Radicals by Roger Kimball
Home from Nowhere by James H. Kunstler
Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
Lost Japan by Alex Kerr

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Most influential to me:

  • The Nature of Order by Christopher Alexander
  • Paris Spleen by Charles Baudelaire
  • Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake
  • The Great Fires by Jack Gilbert
  • Re-Visioning Psychology by James Hillman
  • Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstader
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
  • One Hundred Poems from the Chinese translated by Kenneth Rexroth
  • Duino Elegies by Rainer Maria Rilke
  • Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour, An Introduction by J. D. Salinger
  • Envisioning Information by Edward Tufte
  • The Branch Will Not Break by James Wright
  • The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats by W. B. Yeats