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    [Books] Somethings to read before you die.

    Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
    Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
    1984 by George Orwell
    On the Road by Jack Kerouac
    Elements of Refusal by John Zerzan
    The Culture of Fear by Barry Glassner
    Industrial Society and Its Future (aka Unabomber Manifesto) by Ted Kaczynski
    The Fall of America (a collection of his poetry) by Allen Ginsberg
    Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
    Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Family Happiness by Leo Tolstoy
    Animal Farm by Orwell
    Howl by Allen Ginsberg
    Atlas Shrugged -Ayn Rand
    The Fountainhead- Ayn Rand
    Brave new world - Aldous Huxley
    Johnny Got His Gun- Dalton Trumbo
    Wealth of Nations- Adam Smith
    Candide- Voltaire
    Capital- Karl Marx
    Lies My Teacher Told me- Loewen
    A Peoples History of the United States- Zinn
    Endgame-Derrick Jensen
    The Case For Socialism= Alan Maas
    Fuck the System- Abbie Hoffman
    Steal This Book- Abbie Hoffman
    Various Chomsky


    Just a list of some of my favorite books. Just thought I would share it with you guys, feel free to comment or make suggestions.
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    I found that Ayn Rand made me not really care about living. I'm not sure it should be on a list that could be taken as "Hey you got cancer, here's a to do list"

    At least, "Things to do before you die" usually imply impending death (<2 yrs) in my mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gherkin View Post
    I found that Ayn Rand made me not really care about living. I'm not sure it should be on a list that could be taken as "Hey you got cancer, here's a to do list"

    At least, "Things to do before you die" usually imply impending death (<2 yrs) in my mind.
    A good portion of the books on that list are sad and depressing, because a good portion of it is true.
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    Wow. Our reading tastes are almost exactly alike. Another Rand book to check out (that I'm sure you've read already) is Anthem. Short book. You can probably finish it in one sitting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dunzie View Post
    Wow. Our reading tastes are almost exactly alike. Another Rand book to check out (that I'm sure you've read already) is Anthem. Short book. You can probably finish it in one sitting.
    Yeah Ill check it out, I like Rand although i dont agree with her completely. Its nice to read something from her that isnt over a thousand pages long.
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    Ayn Rand books are something you really have to read if you want to be completely insufferable for like a week afterward.

    I'm noticing hardly any of those books on that list are fun. The closest is... Fahrenheit 451? Jesus, dude. I can understand some of those (not Randian, god, never Randian) being books to read before you die, but where is the joyful stuff to counterbalance it?
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    A lot of that is Postmodern diatribes about how life is pointless - not my cup of tea, but someone has to be a nihilist (or maybe no one, bah dum tis)
    My list (mostly entertainment-type stuff):
    Ender's Game series by Orson Scott Card
    Any BPRD/Hellboy you can get your hands on - Mike Mignola and crew are great writers, I eat their stuff up all the time.
    Chusingura <- A Japanese puppet play about Samurai, pretty nifty - I'm a history dork.
    Can't think of any others (well, non-history things that really depend on your tastes)
    "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst."
    -John 6:35

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    I didn't see it on the list, but one of my favorite is To Kill a Mockingbird

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    harry potter anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgarner32 View Post
    harry potter anyone?
    Harry Potter is fun. Not absolutely essential to read before you die... or then again, maybe it is. It IS a major cultural reference point these days. You're more likely to fail to get a joke because you've not read Harry Potter than you are to fail to get a joke because you've not read The Fountainhead.

    Edit: a more meaningful "happy" thing to read before you die would be the Tao Te Ching. I myself am an atheist, but even I find the gentle, poetic lines of this taoist work to be soothing and life-affirming.
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    The Dwarves

    http://books.google.com/books?id=PKe...page&q&f=false

    Pretty cool fiction read.

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    Eh I made of list of more intelligent books rather than fun books. I enjoy books with deeper meaning or information. I do like a story book here or there, but im quite the liberal reader.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plaguies View Post
    Eh I made of list of more intelligent books rather than fun books. I enjoy books with deeper meaning or information. I do like a story book here or there, but im quite the liberal reader.
    But all of your books are deeply cynical and at times downright unpleasant. Do you believe there can be no deeper meaning or significance in a work that is not negative?
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    I'm being forced to read Ishmael for my Cultural Geo class, i find myself rolling my eyes every other paragraph. Why doesn't the guy practice what he preaches? If humans are destroying the world why doesn't he do his part by running off into the woods and living like one of his "Leavers"? Its the whole do as i say not as i do BS like Al Gore preaching global warming and then jumping in his Escalade or w/e and taking it to the airport where he rides a private jet that creates more emissions in a couple flights than you or i make in a year?
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    Lets say you have a two 3 inch lines. One is all red and the other is 48% red and 52% blue. Does that mean there's a 50-50 chance they're both red or is the second line matching the all red line by 48%?
    ^^^ Wells using an analogy

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    All stories, novels and possibly essays by the subsequently mentioned authors should be required readings:

    H.P. Lovecraft
    Jack London
    L.M. Montgomery
    Charles Dickens
    Lewis Carroll
    Arthur Conan Doyle
    Beatrix Potter
    Robert Louis Stevenson
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    J.K. Rowling
    Plato
    Aristotle
    Socrates (Generally what you might find on him that was written by his contemporaries)
    Archimedes
    Nicolaus Copernicus
    Galileo Galilei
    Isaac Newton
    Walter Scott
    Louisa May Alcott
    George Orwell
    "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." - Romans 12:21

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elanale View Post
    But all of your books are deeply cynical and at times downright unpleasant. Do you believe there can be no deeper meaning or significance in a work that is not negative?
    I do, but Ive yet to find something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xylophone View Post
    I'm being forced to read Ishmael for my Cultural Geo class, i find myself rolling my eyes every other paragraph. Why doesn't the guy practice what he preaches? If humans are destroying the world why doesn't he do his part by running off into the woods and living like one of his "Leavers"? Its the whole do as i say not as i do BS like Al Gore preaching global warming and then jumping in his Escalade or w/e and taking it to the airport where he rides a private jet that creates more emissions in a couple flights than you or i make in a year?
    Ishmael is actually my favorite =/
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    Again, I recommend the Tao Te Ching, if you want something with meaning that isn't a path to despair.
    That's just between you, me, and my pal Captain Winky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elanale View Post
    Again, I recommend the Tao Te Ching, if you want something with meaning that isn't a path to despair.
    Ill give it a read.

    If you're complaining about the depressing topics of the books thats teh point. The books are meant to express and expose sad truths about our modern world, or at least the direction in which it is headed. Im a bit of a downer yeah, but when you take a wider look at the modern world, you'll realize how screwed up it is. The books are sad yes, depressing. But Im the kind of person who is addicted to knowledge, only through different points of view do we discover just that. I strongly suggest those titles as somethings to read before you die. I read them from the age of 16-20, and ill say that these books made me open my eyes to some very sad truths about our world, depressing at first, but youll get over it.
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    Did you know that if you close your eyes, stick your tongue out of your mouth and pretend to shake invisible salt on your tongue, you'll actually be able to taste salt?

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    George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, starting with A Game of Thrones

    Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game (at least the first one, though Ender's Shadow was quite good too imo)

    Ken Grimwood's Replay

    would all be on my required reading list.

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