cover title author rating rating my rating review Down arrow read added
 
Insight Meditation (Shambhala Dragon Editions)
4.20
it was amazing
Of the books on Buddhist meditation I've consulted so far, this one goes at the front of the pack. I had Goldstein pressed against my nose on four day ...more
Jul 06, 2013
Jun 16, 2013
 
Be Here Now
4.27
it was amazing
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
 
Heartbreak Soup (Luba and Palomar, #1)
4.35
it was amazing
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
 
Saga, Vol. 1 (Saga, #1)
4.25
it was amazing
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
 
Jung
4.05
liked it
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
 
Kundalini: The Evolutionary Energy in Man
3.97
liked it
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
 
Love and Rockets, Vol. 7: The Death of Speedy
4.63
it was amazing
I haven't read Jaime's work in a while. After getting wrapped up in Gilbert's world of Palomar two winters ago, I took an absence from Love & Rock ...more
not set
Apr 09, 2015
 
After the Witch Hunt
4.45
it was amazing
Megan Falley's great. Describing poetry is like writing books about the economy. No one actually knows how any of it works, we just know when it does. ...more
Aug 20, 2014
Mar 17, 2014
 
Behind the Moon
3.50
really liked it
This is another of those novels I don't know I'd recommend to a reader, per se, there's never a lot of concrete resolution, and I understand that's im ...more
Jun 07, 2017
May 29, 2017
 
Approaching Oblivion
4.01
really liked it
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
 
The Wiccan Path: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner (Us)
3.89
liked it
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
 
The Rum Diary
3.83
liked it
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
 
Empire of the Senseless
3.74
it was amazing
It's taken me over a year to get through this relatively small, difficult book.

As a reader, reading Kathy Acker is infuriating. Especially this text-
...more
not set
Aug 20, 2014
 
Our Lady of the Flowers
4.02
really liked it
“What truth do I want to talk about? If it really is true that I am a prisoner who plays (who plays for himself) scenes of the inner life, you will re ...more
Aug 14, 2013
Aug 11, 2013
 
The Sculptor
4.00
it was amazing
I really, really enjoy that I'm easily moved to tears. This was a great read... a familiar story, but paced and executed so well, I'm beyond words. My ...more
not set
Nov 27, 2016
 
Avengers vs. Thanos
3.95
really liked it
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
 
Solaris
3.97
really liked it
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
 
Room
4.03
liked it
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
 
Nightwood
3.69
it was amazing
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
 
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
3.91
really liked it
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
 
The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1: The Apocalypse Suite
3.97
it was ok
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
 
Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth About Reality
4.07
it was ok
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
 
Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West
4.18
really liked it
"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
...more
Feb 19, 2012
Feb 19, 2012
 
Inherent Vice
3.71
really liked it
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
 
Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human
3.80
liked it
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
 
Fringe-ology: How I Tried to Explain Away the Unexplainable-And Couldn't
3.83
really liked it
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
 
VALIS (VALIS Trilogy, #1)
3.94
liked it
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-
...more
Jan 25, 2014
Jan 25, 2014
 
The Crossing (The Border Trilogy, #2)
4.11
it was amazing
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
 
Silverfish
3.24
it was ok
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
 
No Boundary: Eastern and Western Approaches to Personal Growth
4.26
it was amazing
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
Rss infinite
« previous 1 3 4 5 6