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The Jargon of Authenticity
4.01
I have a special affection for this book, which cogently diagnoses a phenomenon with which I am all-too-familiar, living as I do in Northern Californi...more
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Jan 20, 2010
 
Primitive Mythology (The Masks of God, #1)
4.24
I wish I could like Campbell's Masks of God series more than I do. I keep having the same experience -- I pick one up and read 15 pages that are magni...more
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Jul 19, 2009
 
The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge
3.82
I can't help but think the main reason this book remains in currency is because it is widely regarded as the locus classicus for a definition and anal...more
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Oct 09, 2011
 
The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way: Nāgārjuna's Mūlamadhyamakakārikā
4.34
In my opinion, Nagarjuna is the greatest philosopher who has ever lived, and this is his magnum opus. In a series of reductio ad absurdum-like analyse...more
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Jan 22, 2009
 
Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior
3.72
I wish I could recommend this book, as the topic is an interesting and important one, but I can't. It's simply not well written or organized.

Brafman...more
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Sep 24, 2010
 
The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day
3.89
This is a beautiful book - a large-format facsimile reproduction of the Papyrus of Ani in large color images with translation of the hieroglyphs benea...more
Aug 30, 2009
Aug 24, 2009
 
The Saga of the Volsungs
4.02
Medieval Icelandic literature is highly variable in quality and comprehensibility, but the Volsung Saga is a masterpiece of the genre, and here it is...more
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Nov 24, 2010
 
Verses from the Center: A Buddhist Vision of the Sublime
3.90
There is much about Stephen Batchelor's new translation of Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika which is extremely useful, although the work is also highl...more
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Jan 03, 2010
 
Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human
3.74
When I read a book, I like to do the author the courtesy of taking it seriously in the terms in which it's presented. So when Grant Morrison offers a...more
Feb 09, 2012
Nov 15, 2011
 
The Sixth Grandfather: Black Elk's Teachings Given to John G. Neihardt
4.03
"The Sixth Grandfather" offers an annotated presentation of the raw transcripts of the testimony of the Lakota medicine man Black Elk to the poet and...more
Dec 20, 2012
Dec 13, 2012
 
The Gnostic Gospels
3.90
This brief introduction to the Gnostic scriptures discovered at Nag Hammadi is instantly recognizable as a classic. It is beautifully written, deeply...more
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Jan 15, 2010
 
The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven
4.22
Charles Rosen is one of the great musicologists of the twentieth century and in The Classical Style he does a marvelous job characterizing the classic...more
May 14, 2009
Mar 20, 2009
 
The Loom of Time: A Selection of His Plays and Poems
3.98
The great Indian poet and dramatist Kālidāsa was a genius on the order of Goethe and Shakespeare. We know little about him, other than that he wrote m...more
Feb 29, 2012
Feb 18, 2012
 
Integral Psychology: Consciousness, Spirit, Psychology, Therapy
4.07
"The will to a system lacks integrity." - Nietzsche

I would think that a person such as myself would be an ideal audience for Mr. Wilber's ruminations...more
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Apr 30, 2010
 
The Origin of the Young God: Kalidasa's Kumarasambhava
4.44
Kalidasa was a poet of the golden age of Sanskrit verse who deserves comparison with Homer and Shakespeare. His vibrant and expressive gifts are of th...more
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Sep 14, 2012
 
The Divided West
3.57
In The Divided West, Habermas writes as a European intellectual staking out a path forward in the post-9/11 world, not in the technical language of hi...more
Oct 08, 2010
Aug 13, 2010
 
The Bull of Minos
3.83
Cotrell's book reads rather like a hagiography of the two great venerable figures of modern Greek archaeology, Arthur Evans and Heinrich Schliemann. W...more
May 02, 2011
Apr 27, 2011
 
Indo-European Poetry and Myth
4.37
Good heavens, is this a superb and invaluable book. Following a comparative philological method, classicist M. L. West examines parallel mythological...more
Nov 08, 2009
Oct 25, 2009
 
Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux
4.11
John Heihardt's classic is a problematic read to be sure. On the one hand, Neihardt was a sympathetic interlocutor who elicited a fascinating account...more
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Dec 13, 2012
 
Neoplatonism
3.36
Not finished, just leaving a few notes for my eventual review.

Remes book could be clearer. She lays out the structure of Plotinus' hierarchy of being...more
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Jan 11, 2011
 
The Conquest of Gaul
3.89
In this captivating and eloquent masterpiece, Julius Caeser gives a year-by-year account of his seven years in Gaul, keeping the Celts in line, advanc...more
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Nov 21, 2010
 
A Farewell to Arms
3.76
I came to this book having read only The Sun Also Rises and some short stories. In A Farewell to Arms I encountered the singular greatness of Hemingwa...more
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Jan 22, 2009
 
Social Justice in Islam
3.96
I don't know what to say about Qutb's book, really, except I suppose it was interesting to encounter a form of social criticism that is based in a fra...more
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Jan 18, 2014
 
Michelangelo: The Vatican Frescoes
4.35
Before making a purchase, I carefully compared several books on the Sistine Chapel, because what's the point of buying a book on the Chapel that doesn...more
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Oct 11, 2011
 
The Coming Forth by Day of Osiris Jones
4.33
This beautiful and haunting little book uses Budge's translation of the Egyptian "Book of Going Forth by Day," popularly known as the "Book of the Dea...more
Jun 04, 2014
Jun 03, 2014
 
Y Gododdin
4.06
Y Gododdin constitutes the oldest extant collection of Welsh verse of note. Attributed to Aneirin, it is a collection of elegiac verses memorializing...more
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Dec 28, 2013
 
The Yoga-Sutra of Patañjali: A New Translation and Commentary
4.01
Georg Feuerstein is in love with his words. How else to explain his needlessly flashy translation that renders perfectly well known Sanskrit terms suc...more
May 2010
Apr 26, 2010
 
Delog: Journey to Realms Beyond Death
4.50
It's a little hard to know what to make of this odd and intriguing short book. A "delog" is a shamanic visionary in the Tibetan cultural sphere who ha...more
Jun 2014
May 18, 2014
 
Mozart
4.05
Solomon attempts to do the impossible in this book -- to get inside the unconscious minds of the Mozarts on the basis of historical documents and lett...more
Mar 28, 2009
Mar 20, 2009
 
History of England, Volume 1: From the Earliest Times to the Reformation
2.67
Stopped reading this book on page 29, when I encountered this gem:

"Celt, Saxon, and Dane came over to slaughter or expel the inhabitants and settle i...more
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Jul 21, 2014
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