A partial list of books that raised me, in no particular order. *'s next to favorites.
Philosophy
** The Varieties of Religious Experience // William James
** A Guide For the Perplexed // E.F. Schumacher
** The Book On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are // Alan Watts
** The Heart of Thoreau's Journals // Odell Shepard
You Must Change Your Life // Peter Sloterdijk
Things That Bother Me // Galen Strawson
Simone Weil: An Anthology // Siân Miles
Enlivenment: Towards a Poetics For the Anthropocene // Andreas Weber
Networkologies: A Philosophy of Networks For a Hyperconnected Age // Christopher Vitale
Economics
** The Worldly Philosophers // Robert Heilbroner
Bullshit Jobs // David Graeber
Debt: The First 5,000 Years // David Graeber
Utopia For Realists // Rutger Bregman
Basic Income: A Radical Proposal for a Free Society and a Sane Economy // Philippe Van Parijs & Yannick Vanderborght
Small Is Beautiful // E.F. Schumacher
Human Action // Ludwig Von Mises
** The Origin of Wealth // Eric Beinhocker
** Critique of Economic Reason // André Gorz
** Progress and Poverty // Henry George
Capital and Ideology // Thomas Piketty
Capitalist Realism // Mark Fisher
(auto)Biography
** Emerson: The Mind on Fire // Robert D. Richardson Jr.
William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism // Robert D. Richardson Jr.
An American Childhood // Annie Dillard
** Memories, Dreams, Reflections // Carl Jung
In My Own Way // Alan Watts
Figuring // Maria Popova
The Diaries of Anaïs Nin // ...Anaïs Nin
** A Biography: Rimbaud // Graham Robb
Fiction
** Labyrinths // Jorge Luis Borges
But Beautiful // Geoff Dyer
** Oblivion // David Foster Wallace
Island // Aldous Huxley
The Dharma Bums // Jack Kerouac
* The Organs of Sense // Adam Ehrlich Sachs
** Blindsight // Peter Watts
Echopraxia // Peter Watts
Narrative // Essays
By "narrative", I mean something like 'literary nonfiction'
** Pilgrim at Tinker Creek // Annie Dillard
The Trouble with Being Born // E.M. Cioran
The Poetics of Space // Gaston Bachelard
The Book of Disquet // Fernando Pessoa
Other Inquisitions // Jorge Luis Borges
Deliberate Prose // Allen Ginsberg
Upstream // Mary Oliver
Notes From a Bottle Found on the Beach at Carmel // Evan S. Connell
Holy the Firm // Annie Dillard
Meditation / Contemplative / spirituality
Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion // Sam Harris
On Having No Head // D.E. Harding
The Science of Enlightenment: How Meditation Works // Shinzen Young
Zen and the Birds of Appetite // Thomas Merton
Buddhism Without Beliefs // Stephen Batchelor
Waking, Dreaming, Being // Evan Thompson
How to Change Your Mind // Michael Pollan
The Ego Tunnel // Thomas Metzinger
The Spectrum of Consciousness // Ken Wilber
Cultural Studies
The Ecology of Attention // Yves Citton
The Lessons of History // Will & Ariel Durant
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow // Yuval Noah Harrari
Leisure: The Basis of Culture // Josef Pieper
Across Arctic America // Knud Rasmussen
Education in a Time Between Worlds // Zachary Stein
The Revolution of Everyday Life // Raoul Vaneigem
Cruel Optimism // Lauren Berlant
Science
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