The Ghost Of Bill Hicks

Righteous howls at stupidity and mediocrity

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Beating the no-cable shakes

I'm thoroughly disgusted at myself for missing cable so much, so it's time for another "recommendations" post. This time, I want books of all stripes. I'll read pretty much anything but romance novels, and I'd particularly like to finally get down to reading a lot of the classics I never did in high school when I was busy being seduced by the unholy mistress Nintendo. So recommend away, and I will descend upon my local library like a fiery golden hawk....of enlightenment.


At July 21, 2004 at 3:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, me again. Here's three of my favorite books. Two non-fiction and one sort of science fiction.

_Infinity and the Mind_ by Rudy Rucker
_Goedel, Escher, Bach - The Eternal Golden Braid_ by Douglas R. Hofstadter
_Lord of Light_ by Roger Zelazny

The first two are great works on philosophy (IMHO).
IatM is a mind bending look at the concept of infinty.

GEB is very heavy on the math in some chapters, but I was able to skim much of that and still took away some valuable thoughts on music, math, art, logic, cryptography, psychology and much else. Truly worthy of its Pulitzer.

The third is set in the future, long after Earth is lost in the fog of history. The original colonizers of this new planet have set themselves up as the gods of the Hindu pantheon and are keeping the rest of the world in a feudal state by keeping technology to themselves. Well, one of the 'First' rebels against his brethren (he's a filthy Progressivist) by re-introducing Buddhism to humankind and the 'gods' are not happy. Much violence and non-violence ensues.

Zelazny is one of my favorite authors. Many of his other works are worth the read if you like LoL.

Rudy Rucker has also done some fine science fiction based on the crazy 'new physics'. _The Master of Space and Time_ is hilarious.


At August 9, 2004 at 7:02 PM, Blogger Fearck/Rantress/that loud chick said...

Margaret Atwood: "The Handmaid's Tale"

"Collected Works Of Eudora Welty"

"Tip O'Neill And The Democratic Century" (I forget the author's name, sorry)

Sartre: "Troubled Sleep"

Anything and everything that Hunter S. Thompson ever wrote, especially the 2 volumes of his collected letters/correspondence/effluvia. Oh, and "Rum Diary" didn't suck, either.

"American Scream," the biography of Bill Hicks (yep, forgot the author's name again, and not really fond of the Janeane Garafalo introduction, either.)

And, of course, the collected writings of Edgar Allen Poe.

Happy reading!


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