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Be Here Now
What a doozy of a book! I found it totally by accident. I had no idea it was by Alpert, or rather Baba Ram Dass, colleague of one Timothy Leary whose ...more
Jan 25, 2013
Jan 17, 2013
Kundalini: The Evolutionary Energy in Man
Gopi Krishna's story is captivating. The psychological commentary see-saws between providing valuable insight into Gopi's transformation and boring yo ...more
Apr 30, 2013
Apr 30, 2013
I didn't finish Bair's biography of Jung. My surrender should say nothing about the quality of Bair's research; it's a doozy. I got as far as 300-ish ...more
Mar 15, 2012
Mar 18, 2012
The Rum Diary
Even more fun than I remember. I'm unsure of how it would work as a movie, but it might be worth checking out. My impression of The Rum Diary is that ...more
Nov 05, 2011
Nov 05, 2011
Heartbreak Soup
Of the things that make me truly happy in life, the experimental and semi-surreal comics of Jamie and Gilbert Hernandez are high on the list. While I' ...more
Jan 27, 2014
Dec 07, 2013
Approaching Oblivion
Without getting in the weeds of praise, I'll go ahead and break my normal rule, to wait until I've traversed an artistic work no less than two times b ...more
Oct 08, 2012
Oct 08, 2012
Family Ties
Stories of people who experience or acknowledge the transcendental idea, but are not prepared to engage it--horror of what might otherwise be apprecia ...more
Aug 21, 2011
Aug 21, 2011
The Wiccan Path: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner (Us)
For 75 cents, and considering my disdain for the presentation of the material (Rae Beth provides instruction for two prospective Wiccans in the guise ...more
Mar 25, 2012
Mar 25, 2012
Inherent Vice
What can I say? I never lived the 1960s, but it sure sounds like a hell of a time to have lit a joint and eaten at any given L.A. greasy spoon. Pyncho ...more
Sep 15, 2012
Sep 15, 2012
Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth About Reality
Brad Warner. Man. I'm half happy I finally got around to reading the guy, I've been meaning to for a while, and half disappointed with what I read. Wa ...more
Mar 31, 2013
Apr 01, 2013
Avengers vs. Thanos
Silver Age melodrama tends to distance me from older comics. This happened to some extent in the first half of this collection. The Captain Marvel sto ...more
Sep 2013
Sep 01, 2013
All the Pretty Horses
What can you write about a book like this? The similarities, or better yet the commonalities, between this novel and McCarthy's more brutal Blood Meri ...more
Dec 20, 2012
Dec 20, 2012
The Crossing (The Border Trilogy, #2)
All the Pretty Horses is a better book if you're asking me which was a more entertaining book. But if that's not your question, and yours is instead w ...more
Jan 02, 2013
Jan 03, 2013
VALIS (VALIS Trilogy, #1)
I got sick of having this book recommended to me and read it. I needed a fun read.

For all the big ideas and the famous conflation of fiction and real-
Jan 25, 2014
Jan 25, 2014
Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West
"Your heart's desire is to be told some mystery. The mystery is that there is no mystery."

Blood Meridian is a frustrating book full of strange words a
Feb 19, 2012
Feb 19, 2012
If not for the history lessons, this would've been a perfect novel. It's damn near close as is. Even translated, this fair and level-headed exploratio ...more
Oct 15, 2013
Oct 14, 2013
Saga, Volume 1 (Saga #1-6)
Naturally, the $10 price makes this an automatic steal. Anything by Brian K. Vaughan for under $20 is a five-star value (with the possible exception o ...more
Dec 08, 2012
Dec 09, 2012
Lady Chatterley's Lover
Surprisingly addictive for presumably stuffy literature: Lawrence balances out his very English characters and dated prose with compelling analyses of ...more
Nov 14, 2011
Nov 15, 2011
Dry at times, but so seems any book by a lover of history read by someone with my attention span. Nonetheless, Ackroyd's tender and thorough account o ...more
Sep 18, 2011
Oct 05, 2011
No Boundary: Eastern and Western Approaches to Personal Growth
Understandably a brief overview to very big, dare we say cosmic ideas gleaned from a variety of sometimes disparate belief systems, traditions, and me ...more
Apr 2012
Apr 01, 2012
With all the praise that's already been heaped on to this unusual novel, I doubt I have anything original to say. Room is a smart and devious page-tur ...more
Sep 03, 2012
Sep 03, 2012
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
This being my first run-in with Jon Ronson (unless you count The Men Who Stare at Goats film adaptation, which I won't), I was impressed with his vari ...more
Nov 20, 2011
Nov 20, 2011
Fringe-ology: How I Tried to Explain Away the Unexplainable-And Couldn't
A veritable cornucopia of scientific trivia. More importantly,Volk's book stands as proof that there is no proven or "right" way to view the universe. ...more
Jun 18, 2012
Jun 18, 2012
Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human
I wasn't put off by Morrison's erratic transitions between Supergods as a history of comics and Supergods as an artistic biography of Grant Morrison. ...more
Apr 14, 2012
Apr 14, 2012
The Buddha Walks into a Bar...: A Guide to Life for a New Generation
A fast and largely superficial read, but my first brush with Shambhala Buddhism (how many are there now?!). This isn't my first Buddhist reading, and ...more
Aug 06, 2012
Aug 06, 2012
Umbrella Academy, Vol.1: The Apocalypse Suite
I needed a break from Buddhist and New Age books, and after Claire Vaye Watkins's superb story collection Battleborn I felt myself jonesing for some c ...more
Jul 23, 2013
Jul 27, 2013
I can think of far worse ways to kill two hours. You know what this is? This is one of those great slasher movies you used to catch on Cinemax between ...more
Oct 05, 2012
Oct 06, 2012
Nightwood: The Original Version and Related Drafts
OK whoa, my girlfriend wasn't kidding about this one being a doozy. Literary and high-minded as hell, high falutin and pretentious, but nonetheless ou ...more
Aug 13, 2012
Aug 13, 2012
Cities of the Plain
I wasn't digging the final volume in the Border Trilogy as I did the previous two, though I still blazed through like a man possessed, and I enjoyed t ...more
Apr 10, 2013
Apr 09, 2013
I'm only halfway through, but I'm already calling it--this collection is AWESOME.

Even if the stories in the second half go all shitty-summer-pop-album
Jul 18, 2013
Jul 15, 2013
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