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    Please leave a review of any latest reads.

    Also post a link to the books if possible.

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    ok heres 2 that i've just recently finished reading...

    The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

    he shows how all the myths in humanity's history (everything from Native American stories to Old Testamant stuff to Greek stories, Viking stories, Persian....everything) are all basically just different interpretations of the same thing...humanity's attempt to basically bring the eternal into the world of time...

    he breaks down the main overall structure and foundation of these stories...really great stuff that will change the way u see things..Campbell is a fuckin brilliant dude

    Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra

    another mind-blowing work right here...

    basically explains modern physics and shows how closely the new discoveries are resembling the thoughts and philosophies of Eastern mysticism (Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, etc)....for instance when u start to get down to the subatomic world u see that there really are no "building blocks" that make up matter...protons, electrons, neutrons and stuff arent (contrary to what was previously thought) just solid little balls but are instead concentrated waves of energy...i'm sure im not explaining it as clearly as the book does but it just shows that everything we perceive is really just the mind trying to find patterns in things....the universe is not as simple as Newtonian physics once imagined...

    i'm also reading right now Capra's Turning Point which is another great one explaining the reason behind all our troubles right now (health, oil problems, war, all that shit) are because of an imbalance in the world...i wanna try and elaborate but i'm not thinking too clearly right now...but i definitely recommend checking that shit out..

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    havent really read anything new lately, but i have been rereading parts of deliverance and on the road. Fucking classics. Bout to pick up my copy of sea wolf and do the same for that book.

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    give props were props is do ben this was my idea dont take the only good one away from me

    edit your forst post to say "brought to you by The Great Dane"

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    Joseph Campbell influenced Lucas for the making of Darth Vader.

    The greatest hero IMO

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    Rational Mysticism- John Horgan


    Horgan interviews famous mystics (including philosopher Ken Wilbur, Joseph Campbell's contemporary Huston Smith, and LSD researcher Stan Grof) and several leading scientists to study how science can help explain the mystical experiences people encounter in the world's religions. This book covered a lot of interesting issues- whether there is one universal mystical experience described in different terms or if each school has a different experience, why is there evil, and what is the meaning of life. Horgan is very skeptical of the claims made by the people he interviews, which is refreshing for this kind of book- people who study mysticism tend to be way too New Agey and biased. One interesting part was at the end when Horgan explored the issue of whether we would want to live in a world where everyone is enlightened. Highly recommended.

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    Default great book

    yall should check out 'The Journey to the East" by Herman Hesse. its only like 120 pages but is a fantastic little story that is brimming with wisdom. check it out

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    1. Is Bill Cosby Right Or Has The Black Middle Class Lost It's Mind-author is a black guy Michael Eric Dyson
    2. He Talk Like A White Boy-author is black actor Joseph Phillips who was in Strictly Business movie with Halle Berry, Tommy Davidson, Samuel Jackson. He also played on The Cosby Show as Lisa Bonet's husband.
    3. 40 Million Dollar Slaves-author is a black guy William Holden. The book is about pro black athletes being a slave to their sports teams because they don't own any teams and they don't have jobs with teams once their careers are over.
    4. Enough-author is a black guy Juan Williams. The book is about the black community and the racial stereotypes we are confronted with everyday.

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    I read this way back, but it is one of my favorite books.

    Charles Dickens - Great Expectations

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    possibly the best book about DJs. touches ALL different DJs not focused or biased towards one style. loads of interviews and quotes from living legends which they reached out personally for this book. great read for anyone who respects the art of the DJ and/or true hip hop enthusiasts.. remember, the FIRST element of hip hop was DJing.

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    >>REVIEW: book--jim crow moves north

    Published by H-South@h-net.msu.edu (October, 2006)

    Davison M. Douglas. _Jim Crow Moves North: The Battle over Northern
    School Desegregation, 1865-1954_. New York: Cambridge University Press,
    2005. x + 334 pp. Notes, index. $23.99 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-521-60783-4.

    Reviewed for H-South by Shannon Frystak, Department of
    History, West Virginia University.

    Reassessing Northern Racism

    Many northerners live under the false assumption that their region of
    the country has historically been more enlightened than their southern
    counterparts. Even when the city of Boston erupted over the bussing
    issue in the post-civil rights era 1970s, Americans were shocked to
    witness what many believed anomalous behavior for a state that had bred
    such good liberals as the Kennedy clan. However, as Davison M. Douglas's
    new book, _Jim Crow Moves North: The Battle over Northern School
    Segregation, 1865-1954_ illustrates, this perception is wholly
    inaccurate and needs reevaluation.

    Racial segregation in public schools is a hot topic today, as
    sociologists and political scientists analyze what went wrong in the
    aftermath of the Supreme Court's 1954 decision in _Brown v. Board of
    Education_--a decision that was supposed to equalize the educational
    experience for all children. Scholars, policy makers, and state and
    local officials have discovered that not only is there more racial
    segregation in education in the United States today than existed in
    pre-Brown America, but, as Douglas instructs in his last chapter, more
    segregation exists in the North than in the South. This book is not only
    timely, but imperative if we are to understand how the U.S. educational
    system arrived at this place.

    As part of the Cambridge Historical Studies in American Law and Society,
    _Jim Crow Moves North_ is both a well-written and well-researched legal
    and historical study of the struggle to achieve educational equality in
    the North from Reconstruction to _Brown_. Few studies exist on the
    extent of racism in the North, particularly with regard to segregation
    in northern schools. Barring Leon Litwack's important study of African
    Americans in the antebellum North and a handful of dated works that
    focus on blacks in urban America, studies that deal with the subject of
    northern racism are limited. Thus, Douglas's book is an important
    contribution to the historical literature.

    _Jim Crow Moves North_ flows chronologically, making it easy for the
    reader to follow the social and political trends that contributed to
    changes in racial segregation in northern schools. To be sure, the Civil
    War did not settle the right of black Americans to an equal education,
    much as it had not with regards to voting rights, housing, and
    employment. Whites in the North, much like whites in the South, were
    generally not accepting of the purportedly equal status of blacks and
    responded by using extralegal forms of resistance to integration in all
    areas of life. Although by 1890 "almost every Northern state" had
    legally banned segregated education, for the most part, black and white
    children attended separate and inherently unequal schools (p. 62).
    According to Douglas, this trend would continue through the early 1950s,
    and in some parts of the North, until the 1960s and 1970s.

    Douglas begins with an overview of the struggle for black education in
    the North during the antebellum era. Prior to the Civil War, residency,
    state and local government structures, as well as the ethnic and racial
    makeup of an area all contributed to where one attended school. Thus,
    children were not necessarily segregated by race, but more so by
    residential patterns. While this chapter falls out of the scope of the
    book's title, it is important in establishing the status of black
    educational equality and rights prior to the Civil War. As Douglas
    argues in his chapter on the post-Civil War era, Reconstruction did
    little to alter the status of black education in the North. As the Brown
    decision has taught us, courts cannot legislate the hearts and minds of
    individuals. Indeed, anti-black sentiment existed in the North much like
    the South and even though state courts banned segregated education in
    northern schools (sans Indiana), whites found ways to thwart these laws.

    According to Douglas, beginning in the 1890s with the Supreme Court
    ruling in _Plessy v. Ferguson_ (1896) that essentially legalized Jim
    Crow, through World War I and the Depression era, northern school
    segregation actually increased. As the percentage of blacks migrating
    out of the South to northern cities for war work grew, so did white
    hostility and increased intolerance of integration, particularly in
    education. In addition, Douglas shows that migration patterns also
    influenced residential segregation patterns as blacks increasingly
    became relegated to certain areas of many major cities like Detroit and
    Chicago; indeed, this was the beginning of the urban "ghetto." The
    tensions that arose due to the large influx of southern blacks to the
    North also contributed to a rise in lynchings, race riots, and increased
    discrimination in otherwise overlooked areas such as interracial
    marriage and public accommodations.

    Responses to these changes, Douglas argues, were varied. While a number
    of blacks challenged educational segregation in the courts, many others
    called for separate accommodations, believing their children would
    receive better treatment and a better education from the large numbers
    of black teachers who increasingly found themselves out of work.
    Subsequently, many blacks argued that the creation of separate black
    schools would not only provide jobs for black teachers, but also an
    education on par with that of whites. Douglas's discussion of W. E. B.
    DuBois's change of heart over the integration/separation debate is
    instructive of the tension that resounded in the black community at
    mid-century. The alarming examples Douglas provides of the overt racism
    by white teachers towards black children certainly aids the case for
    separate schools.

    The NAACP, however, in keeping with its long tradition of advocating
    full integration for African Americans, stepped up its campaign for
    integrated schools. Douglas contends that the 1940s, and the World War
    II era in particular, was a "watershed ... in the campaign against
    Northern school segregation" (p. 219). To be sure, the NAACP used the
    inherent contradiction of fighting a war for democracy abroad, while not
    adhering to the same values at home, to highlight the inconsistencies in
    American schools. The examples Douglas provides of the numerous
    challenges to northern segregated education contribute to the current
    trend to expand the traditional timeline of the civil rights movement.

    _Jim Crow Moves North_ ends with examples of "recalcitrant" school
    districts in states such as Ohio and Illinois that refused integrate
    their school districts after the _Brown_ decision and some even well
    into the 1960s. To be sure, one of the more interesting points of the
    books is the politics of memory. As Douglas uncovered, many northern
    state and local governments still refuse to acknowledge, or perhaps
    simply cannot recall, the fact that segregation had ever existed in
    their school district. (He cites the fact that segregation existed in
    Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Ohio through much of
    the twentieth century [p. 4].) Even Oberlin College, often touted as the
    foremost racially liberal institution in the country, jumped on the
    segregation bandwagon (pp. 130-131). This fact alone is an important
    contribution to the historiographical literature on American racism.

    Douglas's book is an important addition to African American history and
    the history of the modern civil rights movement for several reasons.
    First, it highlights the significance of the social and political
    context when trying to accomplish racial change through law. While
    Supreme Court cases like _Brown_ were imperative to altering the racial
    status quo in America, as Douglas aptly states, litigation and court
    decisions must work "in conjunction with other strategies" (p. 276).
    Second, Douglas elaborates on a significant and, often overlooked, issue
    in African American history; integration vs. separation, a question that
    plagues the black community to this day. Finally, and perhaps most
    importantly, Douglas illustrates that the North was not so much unlike
    the South when it came to racial attitudes; the North simply used more
    subtle ways to enforce the separation of the races. As a southerner once
    told me, "racism is just tacit in the North. It doesn't mean it doesn't
    exist." _Jim Crow Moves North_ should be used in any African American
    history course, if nothing else to show that racism was not simply the
    South's problem, but the nation's problem.

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    Is that the one with Leo and the Library?

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    Default The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists

    this book is fucking bananas. seriously. cop this shit. i dont even read that much but wow. this shit is funny and intruiging. for all those Corpers who have never been laid (i know theres a couple of you) pick this shit up asap.

    "This is a fascinating tale of a guy with marginal skills with the ladies (despite fame), who sets out on a life changing mission to master picking up women. I dare you to try and not get hooked in the first few pages. The characters are philanderers, gigolos, wannabes, braggarts, and every dysfunctional category in between. Their quest is obvious, and thrust in your face; to sleep with as many beautiful women as possible. The author Strauss has written several best sellers, as well as for Rolling Stone, and literally has no competition when it comes to spinning tales of this type. "

    and read this shit its about the book
    " I'm too ill/ I represent Park Hill/ See my face on the twenty dollar bill/ Cash it in, and get ten dollars back/
    The fat LP with Cappachino on the wax/ Pass it in your think, put valve up to twelve/ Put all the other LP's back on the shelf/ And smoke a blunt, and dial 9-1-7/ 1-6-0-4-9-3-11/ And you could get long dick hip-hop affection/ I damage any MC who step in my direction

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    1. The book of nine rings - Miyamoto Musashi

    I started reading this because of people in the KTL thread but if you don't know what it is Miyamoto was probably one of the most famous Samurai's that existed and he wrote down his strategies to his fights which also relates to business. I've read this a few times but can't really understand it

    2. Hagakure - Yamamoto Tsunetomo (translated by William Scott Willson)

    I started reading this because of the extracts from the film "Ghost Dog" and have tried to lead my life by some of the extracts in the book which has helped sort my head out a bit. It is a short version of the code of the Samurai written by Yamamoto Tsunetomo

    3. Vampire Armand - Anne Rice

    O.K. so it's different from the "Book of Nine Rings" and the "Hagakure" but it's a really good book. For anyone that has seen the film "Interview with a vampire" Armand is the vampire that Louis (The person that gives the interview) meets in Paris. David (Lestat's newest fledging) has asked Armand to describe his life story so he can turn it into a book. It starts off with Amadeo (Armand) being kidnapped from Russia while hunting with his father and being sold in the slave trade into Venice, Italy where he is brought by Marius who teaches him literature, art and gives him a proper education. After a while Armand is poisened in a sword fight and while near death Marius turns Amadeo into a vampire to save his life and the book goes on from there
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    1984 - George Orwell

    A masterpiece of the 20th century, covering governmental conspiracy theories not even fathomed by many until much later into the century, largely thanks to the influence of the ideas of this novel.

    A man named Winston finds himself meandering through his controlled life very slowly until he beings to think against the all-encompassing eternally knowledgeable government which sends him through a journey unlike any other in literature, commenting on the possibilities of world government and the extremes some may go to thanks to the allure of power.

    The first book that managed to evoke fear in me, but then again I rarely read horror novels. This book, is not a horror novel, and it prods your mind with questions you may have yet to conceive (lest you be a part of the study of philosophy).

    The one book I would recommend. It's not an easy read for your average Joe, don't expect Hollywood, this is political commentary.

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