A book of "Christian Hermeticism", organized as a commentary on the major arcana of the Tarot . A mainstay of Weird Studies. It's an amazingly rich book, although the Christian perspective makes it a challenge for me to read as it is meant to be read – as a book of spiritual instruction.
book by Federico Campagna, via Weird Studies. Posits two contrasting "cosmogonic forces"; Technic, which dominates today's world, and Magic, an alternative approach to reality that is supposed to be liberatory or at least not subject to Technic's flaws, which include being ultimately self-destructive of the very reality it attempts to construct.
book by Kevin Kelly about autonomous life machines (his later book What Technology Wants has similar themes). I find these works somewhat irritating and I'm not sure why; probably because they are facile pop treatments of the same themes I'm interested in.
A book with the thesis that goals are best achieved indirectly. The author has a business background and a lot of the stories are about how companies with core real-world values often outperform those that are more explicitly motivated by profit.
An amazing book by a woman who suffered a psychotic break and wrote down her hallucinations in intricate detail. It's been out of print for decades, but looks like it got reprinted in 2011. Amazon link.
book (tetralogy really) by Gene Wolfe. Widely and deservedly considered the best work of literature to come out of the fantasy genre. It has its own secondary literature and a good podcast, Alzaabo Soup, that goes through it chapter by chapter.
The book's action takes place around the Texas / Mexico border in the 1850s, and is loosely based on real events (making it that much more disturbing). The protagonist (more or less) is nameless but occasionally referred to as The Kid, a runaway from Tenessee who finds his way into a group of mercenaries headed by John Glanton (a historical figure) and animated by the monstrous and demonic figure of Judge Holden, who like Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men is an incarnation of not just death, but of pitiless and absolute nihilism.
His last book was entitled Agency (a hot topic I guess). It and its predecessor The Peripheral take place in a set of joined worlds, but in the real one it is a few hundred years hence when the world is rebuilding after a nebulous event called The Jackpot which brought down most of human civilization.
book by Simon Critchley. I love this series, perfect for amateurs like me to get up to speed in an area. Especially for something like continental philosophy which is a field rife with snobbery, this book aims to make it accessible.
A strange book in which the main character seems to be language itself. All the characters in the book sound almost the same...but maybe that's intentional, to show that we are all puppets manipulated by the same global language mind, the machinery which makes us go, which we can now see because it is starting to malfunction.
The Rationalism community has packaged up some of the best of LessWrong into book form, and when I saw that one of the five focus topics was agency I could not resist asking for a review copy, that being something of a pet subject of mine. Now I have to follow through with a review, and I'm taking the opportunity to also completely rebuild my writing and publishing stack.
1977 book by James Ogilvy, heavily blurbed by Stewart Brand. Full title: Many Dimensional Man: Decentralizing Self, Society, and the Sacred. Very much about agency; and obviously taking off from Marcuse's One-Dimensional Man.
book, not just any book but the defining novel of a certain time and sensibility. I used to live in the area of Boston (Allston/Brighton) where the Enfield Tennis Academy was supposed to be, and many other of my Boston haunts appear, including the MIT Student Center (“gutted with C4 during the so-called MIT Language Riots of twelve years past”).
Bare tags (like book in a line) should not render themselves in text. They should maybe appear as tags since that's what they are, or even trigger css variations or big icons to create some visual differentiation of the sea of pages.