My Favorite Books List

Today on Twitter, I connected with a new fan, @UltraLibIan, who listens to my podcast Waking from the American Dream, and wanted to know about the books I read. So, here's a list of books that represent my most eclectic polymind.

Depth psychology:
Memories, Dreams, Reflections - Carl Jung
Boundaries of the Soul: the Practice of Jung’s Psychology - June Singer
Ego and Archetype - Edward F. Edinger
The Soul’s Code - James Hillman
Revisioning Psychology - James Hillman
We've Had a Hundred Years of Psychotherapy and the World's Getting Worse - James Hllman and Michael Ventura 
A Jospeh Campbell Companion - Diane K. Osbon
Joseph Campbell/The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers
Truly any book by Joseph Campbell, James Hollis or Robert A. Johnson

The Book - Alan Watts
This is It - Alan Watts
The Way of Zen - Alan Watts
Wherever You Go, There You Are - Jon Kabat-Zinn
The Miracle of Mindfulness - Thich Nhat Hahn
Peace is Every Step - Thich Nhat Hahn
Awakening The Buddha Within - Lama Surya Das
A Path With Heart - Jack Kornfield
Thoughts Without A Thinker - Mark Epstein
Any book by Pema Chodron

Integral Philosophy:
A Brief History of Everything - Ken Wilber 
The Integral Vision - Ken Wilber
Sex, Ecology, Spirituality - Ken Wilber
Integral Psychology - Ken Wilber
Spiral Dynamics - Don Beck
The Radiance of Being - Allan Combs

New Age Thinking:
Quantum Psychology - Robert Anton Wilson
The Tao of Physics - Fritof Capra
Dancing Wu Li Masters - Gary Zukav
The Seat of the Soul - Gary Zukav
Das Energi - Paul Williams
Illusions - Richard Bach

Life Coaching Kind of Stuff:
The Art of Possibility - Zander and Zander
Finding Flow Mihaly - Csikszentmihalyi
Fearless Living - Rhonda Britten
Loving What Is - Byron Katie
The Four Agreements - Don Miguel Ruiz 

Leadership and the New Science - Margaret Wheatley
Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership - Joseph Jaworski 
Leadership and Self-deception - The Arbinger Institute
Servant Leadership - Robert Greenleaf
Presence - Jaworski, Senge, Wheatley and Scharmer
The Fifth Discipline - Peter M. Senge
Leadership from the Inside Out - Kevin Cashman

Bird by Bird - Anne Lammott
Writing Down the Bones - Natalie Goldberg
The Arist Way - Julia Cameron
The Right to Write - Julia Cameron
Unreliable Truth - Maureen Murdock
The War of Art - Steven Pressfield
Writing from the Inside Out - Dennis Palumbo
Writing for Your Life - Deena Metzger
Fearless Creating - Eric Maisel
The Heart Aroused - David Whyte
Crossing the Unknown - Sea David Whyte
If You Want to Write - Brenda Ueland
The Writing Life - Annie Dillard

History/ Politics/ Social analysis:
The People’s History of the United States - Howard Zinn
The Passion of the Western Mind - Richard Tarnas
The American Soul - Jacob Needleman
The Fourth Turning - Strauss and Howe
Conservatives without Conscience - John W. Dean
The Lucifer Principle - Howard Bloom
The Genius of the Beast - Howard Bloom
The Empathic Civilization - Jeremy Rifkin

Women’s Issues:
Heroine’s Journey - Maureen Murdock
The Hero’s Daughter - Maureen Murdock
Women Who Run with the Wolves - Clarissa Pinkla Estes
The Goddess Within - Woolger and Woolger
Circle of Stones - Judith Duerk
Writng a Woman’s Life - Carolyn G. Heilbrun
Reinventing Womanhood - Carolyn G. Heilbrun
A Voice of One’s Own - Perlman/Henderson
A Room of Her Own - Virginia Woolf

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Hi Kelly,

I just finished reading "Last Words" written by your father and I am greatly touched by the incredible tragicomedy of a man (your dear dad) I had idolized and immortalized since I first discovered his work in 2009. Especially, I found the chapter "BEING, DOING, GETTING" as a beautiful, love-letter to his world-view. Also, that compelling part where he writes about his mom sending him a little note saying, "You will be a Beckett or a Joyce. Or may be even a Bernard Shaw." was very moving - a bittersweet human moment in their complex relationship.

I very well remember the fateful day on whose afternoon, I went to a lecture on Indian Philosophy about the significance of the word "OM" and later that night in the loneliness of my graduate school office, chanced upon my first-ever routine of George - "The Planet is Fine" containing the words "The Big Electron". I still think it is more than a freak, magical accident that I learnt the same profound truth in two forms on the same fricking day !!! Needless to say, I stayed up all night devouring his comedy routines and ever since, have been obsessed with his work so much that I began seeing my PhD in science and engineering as a work of art - desperately wanting to emulate him and seek his inspiration. I don't know if my PhD will amount to anything (although, I have started a job as a scientist now) but I will fondly treasure the graduate school memories as "my George Carlin years" and I totally owe my PhD to him and his fearless, unstoppable creativity. I really regret not having discovered his work when he was alive and for not been able to see him even once. Hailing from India, coming to the USA for my PhD, Carlin's work welcomed me not just to the USA but into his family of fans and lastly, the universe in a trancending way.

Damn, I knew you had a streak of Joseph Campbell in you. I (somehow) suspected it ever since I have been following your twitter feed. I am a great fan of your radio show and your twitter feed and this is a humble mail to express my gratitude to your dear father. I wish you all the best to you, your family and your future.

Cheers to the immortal spirit of George Carlin !!!


September 25, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterflawsophy

thanks you :D

Nice.... Big Bash League Prediction

January 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBig Bash Prediction

You talked about Rose Do you know when roses will be given to each other in England and it is St Georges day

April 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge

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