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August 9, 2016

10 Books That Changed My Life

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1. "The Power of Positive Thinking" — Norman Vincent Peale (14; 1962; 1952)

2. "Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man" — Marshall McLuhan (19; 1967; 1964)

3. "Zen in the Art of Archery" — Eugen Herrigel (20; 1968; 1948)

4. "The Whole Earth Catalog" — Stewart Brand (20; 1968; 1968)

5. "The Teachings of Don Juan — A Yaqui Way of Knowledge" — Carlos Castaneda (21; 1969; 1968)

6. "Nine Chains to the Moon" — R. Buckminster Fuller (22; 1970; 1938)

7. "Science and Sanity" — Alfred Korzybski (22; 1970; 1933)

8. "The Mind of a Mnemonist" — A.R. Luria (25; 1973; 1968)

9. "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" — Robert Pirsig (26; 1974; 1974)

10. "The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind" — Julian Jaynes (30; 1978; 1976)

 

(Age when I read them; year I read them; year of original publication) 

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My question: why have there been no life-changing books for the past 38 years?

God knows I've read thousands.

Is it that I'm so mentally ossified that I can no longer be transformed by a book?

Quite possibly — though I hate to think that's the case.

One more thing: when the "Whole Earth Catalog" came out in 1968 I bought a copy within days of its appearance in the Los Angeles Free Press bookstore on Broxton Avenue in Westwood, a block from U.C.L.A., where I had just finished my sophomore year.

I proceeded to spend the next couple weeks reading every single word of every page — that's how taken I was by this magnificent undertaking.

I've mentioned that from time to time and have yet to find anyone else who was as mesmerized by the compendium as I was.

Until a couple years ago when I read somewhere that then-13-year-old Steve Jobs read every word of the catalog.

That made me smile.

August 9, 2016 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (10)

Mirror Cup & Saucer — Use Your Illusion

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From the website:

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Designed by Japan's D-Bros brand, each Mirror Cup is carefully hand-crafted from Hasami porcelain and coated in a thin coating of palladium, a precious metal rarer than platinum or gold.

This ensures a perfect reflection of the saucer, which is painted with one of various anamorphic designs.

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$69.

August 9, 2016 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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