Susan Budd

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Metaphysical questions about consciousness and dreams have always fascinated me. From childhood, I loved reading fantasies, myths, and fairy tales. I loved reverie and introspection. Later I studied philosophy of mind and the spiritual mysticism of East and West. I explored visionary literature and art. I scrutinized my own mind. Now I’m a professor of philosophy and literature at the City University of New York.

My first book was Visions, a montage of psychedelic dream poems. Visions was born of my fascination with the mind and its modes of perception. It was also strongly influenced by my love of art and music. My novella, Felicity, is a dreamlike philosophical fable about the nature of reality and the meaning of life.

I have so many amazing dreams ~ glimpses of another world, another me. Though they flee as I awaken, I capture what I can with pen and paper.

If only I could record them directly from my dreaming mind. If only I could preserve them in their pure, subconscious, irrational, perhaps non-representational form.

Instead, when I record the dream fragments that I remember, my rational mind tries to mak... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on May 07, 2017 07:15 • 174 views • Tags: consciousness, dreams, poetry, visions
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Visions

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Concrete Island by J.G. Ballard
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The first book I read by Ballard was The Drowned World. What I liked most about it was the imagery. The story itself, especially once the action truly began, seemed much less important than the mood Ballard established at the beginning with his lush ...more
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Dog Songs by Mary Oliver
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I dedicate this review to all the dogs I’ve loved:

The pretty little Boston Terrier who had such delicate features for a Boston Terrier. My family’s first dog. I believe she was supposed to be my dog, but of course, she preferred to be my mother’s dog
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The Werewolf of Paris by Guy Endore
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Oh! The opium-sweet attraction of death” (183)!

That’s what brought me to this book, what brought you to this book: the lure of death. We spend our lives trying to escape it, but late at night, when we’re alone in the dark, it beckons in that way tha
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Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
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The first time I read Something Wicked This Way Comes was in my teens and it didn’t have much of an effect on me. The second time I liked it more, but I still didn’t like it as much as I did this time. And I think I know why. This is an October book. ...more
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Consciousness by Neil Rossman
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I have not read Consciousness: Separation and Integration and I don’t know if I will. It’s been years since I read philosophy and while I’m still interested in metaphysics and in particular the study of consciousness, I tend to read more poetry and l ...more
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Book of Haikus by Jack Kerouac
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Remember the old Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup commercial where two people collide? “You got peanut butter on my chocolate!” “You got chocolate in my peanut butter!” And the rest is delicious magic? Well, that was me picking up Jack Kerouac’s Book of Hai ...more
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Selected Poems by Rita Dove
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Rita Dove joins the ranks of writers who I want to like but don’t. There are some splendid names on this list, so any shame at putting this Poet Laureate on that list is all mine. I ought to like her poetry and I have tried. I have also tried to like ...more
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Dr. Futurity by Philip K. Dick
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Dr. Futurity marks phase two of my PKD reading project. I just finished the last of Dick’s 1950’s novels and I’m entering the 60’s.

Reading those early novels was good preparation for this one. I feel like Dr. Futurity is inferior to those novels, bu
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Trouble With Lichen by John Wyndham
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For the past few years I have peppered my reading with rereads from my youth. It has been even more rewarding than I anticipated. So far, my rereads have all been books I enjoyed when I first read them. But this time I decided to reread a book I did ...more
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Narrow Road to the Interior by Matsuo Bashō
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“... I felt three thousand miles rushing through my heart, the whole world only a dream” (4).

The few road trips I’ve taken have given me this dreamlike feeling too. There’s something unreal and very appealing to me about this feeling. I feel alive in
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Ivonne Rovira Thank you so much for the Friend request. I see that your reading taste is as eclectic as mine: C.S. Lewis and Ursula Le Guin, Sherman Alexie and Herman Hesse, Charles Kingsley and Charles Bukowski. Can't wait to see what you'll read next!

Cheers, Ivonne


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Lesle Susan
Thank you for joining our group NTLTRC.
We hope you enjoy!

Thank you for the invite also!
Take care!


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Sher Susan:
We will be reading Basho in March on the Nature Lit group, and I thought you might be interested in joining us. :)

Sher


Nicole~ Hello Susan, Thank You for the friendvite!


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