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Alan Watts

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Cosmicbadger - I read lots of Alan Watts when I was in my late teens and early 20's. He served as my introduction to Buddhism, Zen and the Tao which I have continued to explore throughout my life. Once in a while I will reread his essays but I find some of his work a bit naive and his own painting of Buddhism, Zen and the Tao are a bit off from what I feel they are and have found in my studies. He did not do a great amount of meditation so it is difficult for me to see him as a master but his role as a popularizer was key. I really loved his critiques of society and he helped me see that there were other ways to view the world and to live.

Read a biography about him recently, Zen Effects The Life of Alan Watts by Monica Furlong.
So sad that he was victim of his own abuse of alcohol

We named our 40 acres of mountain property Cloud Hidden after his book Cloud Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown. That is also the title of a great Van Morrison song dedicated to Alan Watts.

Thank you Alan Watts for opening many doors for me.

If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.
Wiliam Blake

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A Poem by Alice Walker

A friend just sent me a copy of the Alice Walker poem, Be Nobody's Darling. I think it applies to many of us here. Google: "Xkot: Be Nobody's Darling, a poem by Alice Walker" and enjoy.

If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.
Wiliam Blake

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Recent reads

Thought I’d visit some other forums (fora?) in a more serious mood (..ish)

I will certainly seek out the Book Thief. If like ‘em beautiful but bleak, try ‘Snow’ by Turkish Nobel Prize Winner Orhan Pamuk. I was working in Turkey a lot earlier this year and bought it to learn a bit about the country and its culture. If you want to know what its like to be an innocent standing in the cross fire of left and right, religious and secular, democracy and dictatorship it’s the one for you!! I must say though that (for an outsider at least) Turkey is far far more fun than Pamuk suggests.

‘Collapse’ by Jared Diamond is enlightening stuff, but I find him an annoyingly repetitive writer at times

In the spirit of Douglas Adams, Rob Grant’s ‘Incompetence’ is a real laugh. It is a detective story set in a world where, according to Article 13199 of the Pan-European Constitution: ‘No person shall be prejudiced from employment in any capacity, at any level, by reason of age, race, creed or incompitence’

…does anyone else still read Alan Watts? A genius (for me) who tried to reconcile Zen, Acid, Beat and the realities of the Western Culture that shape so much our lives…..

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The Book Thief

By Markus Zuzsak. Anybody out there read that one? Just finished it, and is the most amazingly awful book that I have read in a long time. I mean awful, not because is poorly written (au contraire-is brilliant) but in that the subject matter is so rough and bleak. The story is narrated by Death, and is told in a completely unique style of prose. Is set in WWII Nazi Germany, and is about how a little girl learns to love literature, despite her world crumbleing around her. I am completely blown away, and can highly recommend this book.

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other literature

skye1965 ive recently read a book callled tiger in a trance a very compeling journey of this kids grateful dead experience i recomend it to any dead head

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MR. NICE

Mr. Nice, by Howard Marks

www.howardmarks.co.uk

The hilarious true tale of Howard Marks, the most notorious hashish smuggler in history.
A great read. You'll laugh your ass off!

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The zombie survival guide

Okay, it's definately not literature, but this is a funny tongue-in-cheek "survival manual" for surviving zombie outbreaks. I recommend it because sometimes the dead are not grateful; sometimes they are just flesh eating killing machines. Organize before they rise!

http://www.randomhouse.com/crown/zombiesurvivalguide/

Yo Soy Boricua!

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You are brilliant

Deadicated-had spaced out Don Quijote, which is my absolute Fave Fave Fave classic! As a matter of fact, think it is time to read it again. :-)

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LOL

I do enjoy to laugh out loud when reading - although I might be disturbing others in the household - ha, ha. A Confederacy of Dunces is ideal for this - as is Don Quijote. I also like to re-read favorites - a lot - keeps the cost down and often times can reveal details missed in the first go-round. Muy buenas.

"From day to day, just lettin' it ride,
You get so far away from how it feels inside,
You can't let go, 'cause you're afraid to fall,
But the day may come when you can't feel at all."

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Agree w/Leadbelly27

Wholeheartedly actually, that Love in the Time of Solitude COULD be one of the best novels ever. Love the Latin American writers in general, and especially Marquez and Allende. Keep digging out Dirk Gently, Holistic Detective from Douglas Adams, as it never fails to crack me up. Can recommend that for people who appreciate the absurd, and enjoy to laugh out loud while reading. Is one sentence that goes something like "An electric knight sat on a bored horse" that slays me every time I read it. Is my favorite sentence that I ever read, I think.

And if I can be so bold as to reply to Hal R as well, your point number 5 from the Beats/Dead CERTAINLY was absolutely responsible for pointing me in my career direction.

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