Books

Reading has been the biggest key that unlocked parts of my mind.

It started at the age of 3 (young I know) and hasn’t stopped.

1000’s of books line my apartment, I get the most out of reading when the words are seen on paper, and the girls I bring home always get turned on by the books.

Much of what I read growing up was fiction, classics that are revered to this day. These books share great stories, true, but more importantly they give you a glimpse into the writers mind. You are shown a worldview by someone who has lived life taking in the details, filtering out the garbage, and sharing their wisdom.

To be a writer, you must be a clear thinker. Great books will help you develop that skill.

Reading these works is essential to becoming a well-rounded, understanding individual who can communicate effectively with people from all walks of life and different cultures.

I reread classics constantly and am always surprised at how much differently they are interpreted after time goes by. They act as mirrors into my spirit and help me get to know myself even more.

After rereading them, I will be posting the summary/insights here and providing a link for you to buy. Please support my work by purchasing through the link, every bit helps and I can promise that these books will be life changers.

The reading list:

Narcissus and Goldmund

My Uncle Oswald

Men Without Women

Breakfast of Champions

The Dharma Bums

Letters to Emma Bowlcut

The Little Prince

Cannery Row

Siddhartha

The Artists Way

The Rational Male

The Way of Men

Naughty Nomad’s Guide to New York City

The War of Art

Letters to a Young Poet

The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

4 comments on “Books

  1. An interesting, well rounded list.

    The Dharma Bums is far superior to On The Road in my opinion.

    Have you read Blood and Champagne by Alex Kershaw? It’s the biography of Robert Capa- a poor Hungarian kid who reinvented himself as a war photographer and playboy. He travelled the Soviet Union with Steinbeck, had an affair with Ingrid Bergman (among many more) and shot pictures alongside the first wave of troops on D-day.

    You’ll love it…

    • Thanks for the recommendation, I’m going to check that one out. Capa sounds like my kind of dude!

      I haven’t got much into biographies, but this seems like a good start.

      Will review when finished.

      • I judge biographies by page count- there is no good reasons why any biog should be a 500 page doorstopper or, god forbid, a two volume set.

        The only biogs of that length worth bothering with are ‘Robert Mitchum- Baby, I Don’t Care’ by Lee Server and ‘Dino: Living High In The Dirty Business of Dreams’ by Nick Tosches. From the titles alone you can tell that both of these are invaluable textbooks for all young up and comers…

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