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Essential books

Magnolia Fan

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Inspired by combining ideas from republic and stupid white men I'm left wondering... if I were to create the curriculum for students, what would I want them to read. I have my ideas, but I'm wondering what others would include. Assuming the students (of both sexes and all races) hadn't read anything to date... what would you consider essential to include?
 

deep

TRIBE Member
dalai lama - the art of happiness

alan fletcher - the art of looking sideways

seymour epstein - constructive thinking : the key to emotional intelligence
 

zoo

TRIBE Member
i bought douglas coupland's microserfs a month ago

haven't started it yet

i bought it as an after-exam type thing

and my exams ended 4 days ago, so i'll probably start it soon
 
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PosTMOd

Well-Known TRIBEr
Originally posted by zoo
i bought douglas coupland's microserfs a month ago

haven't started it yet
Apparently, this is how the curriculum is normally chosen:

"Okay, people, we have this book here... we heard it was good... we haven't read it.... but we heard it was good... no, we don't have to read it first, recommend it without reading it... okay, into the curriculum."
 
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stargurl*

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by kurtz
One of my professors did his undergrad here. They literaly trace the books that have defined time and consciousness in the western world. No professors, No marks.
My ideal schools were St. John's and Bennington.

Both are over $30,000 US a year.

Maybe one of these days I'll be able to afford it.
 

seeker

TRIBE Member
tropic of cancer - henry miller
the dharma bums - jack kerouac
candide - voltaire
breakfast of champions - kurt vonnegut
the c programming language - kernighan + ritchie
godel, escher, bach: the eternal golden braid - douglas hofstadter
tao te ching - lao tzu

so many more good books. i see how little this list has changed since the last time this thread was started. should that make me happy or sad?

hrmmm....

:confused:
 

Moez

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by Disco Stu
Any Playboy with Pam Anderson
the very first playboy I found in my house had Pamela Anderson on the cover, it was a Christmas one. My dad had it hidden under the couch. Then I discovered HUGE stacks of playboys in the basement dated as far back as 1966 I think.

not that you care, it just came to mind when I read that!

One book that changed my life, that I read OVER and over and I have mentioned thousands of times because it really was that great for me:

CUNT ~ a declaration of independance - Inga Muscio

will add more later...
 

BigBadBaldy

TRIBE Member
Fyodor Dostoevsky's "The Idiot", Albert Camus "The Stranger", Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson's "The Illuminatus Trilogy", Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "One Hundred Years Of Solitude", Celine's "Journey To The End Of The Night", Jean Paul Sartre's "The Age Of Reason"..

BBB.

..and on and on and on.
 

BigBadBaldy

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by seeker
breakfast of champions - kurt vonnegut
I would go with "The Sirens Of Titan" by Vonnegut, or maybe "Slaughterhouse Five".

Even though "Breakfast Of Champions" is arguably his best work.

BBB.

IMO.
 
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air-bag

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by BigBadBaldy
Fyodor Dostoevsky's "The Idiot", Albert Camus "The Stranger", Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson's "The Illuminatus Trilogy", Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "One Hundred Years Of Solitude", Celine's "Journey To The End Of The Night", Jean Paul Sartre's "The Age Of Reason"..
I like your taste...

GGM is my favourite writer.... FD follows
 

KiX

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by Moez


CUNT ~ a declaration of independance - Inga Muscio

will add more later...
Blah! Ok, maybe not a complete Blah!, cuz it had lots of really good points, but there was a LOT in that book i didn't agree with.

Par exemple.

The entire basis of the book was structured around the premise that the one uniting factor we as women have with eachother is the fact that we all have a cunt, and should celebrate that.

I'm sorry, but as a feminist and someone who i'd expect to be a little more socially aware and sensitive to gender issues, she completely neglects the LARGE populations of transgendered people who identify completely as women, but don't happen to have the matching bits and pieces. I just expected something a bit more sensitive then that, and recognizing that gender doesn't = sex based on genitalia. Women should be united based on gender, not sex, IMO. I just thought it completely neglected and ostricized a group that we should be embracing.

Also, her style of writing drove me INSANE. She was trying waaay too hard to be hip.

But that aside, and some other stuff i had issues with, it was good.

And Locke.... biggup yaself for Siddartha. Such a good book.

=tina=
 

seeker

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by BigBadBaldy


I would go with "The Sirens Of Titan" by Vonnegut, or maybe "Slaughterhouse Five".

Even though "Breakfast Of Champions" is arguably his best work.

BBB.

IMO.
as long as you get his work, it's okay! ;) i haven't read a bad one yet. not even a poor one...
 
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deep

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by KiX


The entire basis of the book was structured around the premise that the one uniting factor we as women have with eachother is the fact that we all have a cunt, and should celebrate that.
Which the Buddha and the Dalai Lama ripped off in their idea that since all human beings face suffering in life, we should all have equal license to be happy

Fucking plagiarizing Lama...
 

Syntax Error

Well-Known TRIBEr
Originally posted by deep


Which the Buddha and the Dalai Lama ripped off in their idea that since all human beings face suffering in life, we should all have equal license to be happy

Fucking plagiarizing Lama...
lol!
 

aether

TRIBE Member
I was going to post 'sirens of titan', damned that's a fine book.. well, screw it, it would go on my list anyways..


sirens of titan - kurt vonnegut
brave new world - huxley.. ( i know, i know..)
kilgore trout - venus on the half-shell (just to drive the point home)
jitterbug perfume - tom robbins
rashomon /or invisible cities (calvino)
fear and loathing - h.s.t.
alice-in-wonderland - lewis carrol
dante's inferno
the third policeman - flann o'brien


(I'm convinced I could make a coherent course out of these)
 

xtollo

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George Grant - Time as History
Robert Greene - The 48 Laws of Power
Friedrich Nietzsche - Beyond Good and Evil or Zarathrustra
Adolf Hitler - Mein Kampf (be careful reading this one, study it, don't read it)
 

loopdokter

TRIBE Promoter
I'm surprised that no one has mentioned these classics:
Fareheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury
The Hobbit - JRR Tolkein

Also, I concur that Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson is an AMAZING read. It's short (which the non-readers will like), it's topical (lots of drugs & crime to keep the kids interested) and the writing is absolutely phenomenal. It's also a great story to segueway into the concept of a quest. Mind you, the PTA may take issues with the story's content. ;)

Honestly, Farenheit 451 is a great book just for the sense of what it's about. It's about 'firemen' who's job it is to set fires and BURN houses/establishments that have books. It's a disturbing concept and one that would be great for creating a lot of discussion with your students and their nubile minds.

Brave New World by Aldus Huxely is also a good book for similar reasons as Farenheit 451, but since I didn't appreciate BNW much when I was forced to read it in grade 11, I doubt your students will either.

Cheers,
Jay K.
 
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