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Kevin Wacholz is an American retired professional wrestler who worked for the World Wrestling Federation in 1992 as Nailz. He was also known as "Mr. Magnificent" Kevin Kelly in the American Wrestling Association in the 1980s.
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The Sound of the One Hand
281 Zen Koans with Answers (New York Review Books Classics)
by Yoel Hoffman (Dec 06, 2016)
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When The Sound of the One Hand came out in Japan in 1916 it caused a scandal. Zen was a secretive practice, its wisdom relayed from master to novice in strictest privacy. That a handbook existed recording not only the riddling koans that are central to Zen teaching but also detailing the answers to them seemed to mark Zen as rote, not revelatory. F...
Finite and Infinite Games
by James P. Carse (Jan 05, 2013)
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There are at least two kinds of games, states James P. Carse as he begins this extraordinary book. One could be called finite; the other infinite. A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play.Finite games are the familiar contests of everyday life; they are played in order to be won, wh...
Kevin Kelly
Gave me a mathematical framework for my own spirituality.     source
Autobiography
The Story of My Experiments with Truth
by Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi (Nov 23, 2012)
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It is not my purpose to attempt a real autobiography. I simply want to tell the story of my numerous experiments with truth, and as my life consists of nothing but those experiments, it is true that the story will take the shape of an autobiography....Identification with everything that lives is impossible without self-purification; without self-pu...
Kevin Kelly
This book curiously led me to Jesus. The author's stance of radical honesty prompted me to attempt the same. It started my spiritual awakening.     source
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So Good They Can't Ignore You
Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
by Cal Newport (Sep 18, 2012)
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In an unorthodox approach, Georgetown University professor Cal Newport debunks the long-held belief that "follow your passion" is good advice, and sets out on a quest to discover the reality of how people end up loving their careers.Not only are pre-existing passions rare and have little to do with how most people end up loving their work, but a fo...
Kevin Kelly
What you really want to do is to master something and to use your mastering of something as a way to get to your passion.     source
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Leaves of Grass
The Original 1855 Edition
by Walt Whitman (Sep 03, 2009)
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When Walt Whitman self-published "Leaves of Grass" in 1855, he rocked the literary world and forever changed the course of poetry. In subsequent editions, Whitman continued to revise and expand his poems--but none matched the raw power and immediacy of the first edition. This beautifully designed volume presents the 1855 "Leaves of Grass" in its en...
Kevin Kelly
While reading this classic poetic ode to America and possibilities ('I am multitude!') my gasket blew, and I became seized with an unstoppable urge to travel.     source
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The Qur'an
by M. A. S. Abdel Haleem (Jun 15, 2008)
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One of the most influential books in the history of literature, recognized as the greatest literary masterpiece in Arabic, the Qur'an is the supreme authority and living source of all Islamic teaching, the sacred text that sets out the creed, rituals, ethics, and laws of Islam. Yet despite the growing interest in Islamic teachings and culture, ther...
Kevin Kelly
Read it through. It’s an amazing book.     source
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It's All Too Much
An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff
by Peter Walsh (Nov 06, 2007)
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Whether it’s tidying up or tiny-house living, the decluttering revolution is taking America by storm. In It’s All Too Much organizational expert Peter Walsh reveals the tools for taking control of your physical—and emotional—clutter in order to reclaim your life.Are you surrounded by papers? Overstuffed closets? Are you stepping over toys or search...
Kevin Kelly
I actually gave it a whole page in my book 'Cool Tools' because I thought the message was so profound.     source
What the Dormouse Said
How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry
by John Markoff (Feb 28, 2006)
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Most histories of the personal computer industry focus on technology or business. John Markoff's landmark book is about the culture and consciousness behind the first PCs--the culture being counter- and the consciousness expanded, sometimes chemically. It's a brilliant evocation of Stanford, California, in the 1960s and '70s, where a group of visio...
Kevin Kelly
About the hippy origins of the personal computer industry.     source
Shantaram
A Novel
by Gregory David Roberts (Oct 01, 2005)
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"It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured."So begins this epic, mesmerizing first novel by Gregory David Roberts, set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Shantaram is narrated by ...
Kevin Kelly
You get an incredibly vivid, immersive, deep, and in some ways uplifting view of India and the underworld in India, into that part of Asia.     source
The Fountainhead
by Ayn Rand (Apr 26, 2005)
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The revolutionary literary vision that sowed the seeds of Objectivism, Ayn Rand's groundbreaking philosophy, and brought her immediate worldwide acclaim.This modern classic is the story of intransigent young architect Howard Roark, whose integrity was as unyielding as granite...of Dominique Francon, the exquisitely beautiful woman who loved Roark p...
Kevin Kelly
I got sucked into reading this over-the-top manifesto of self-reliance during finals of my first year of college. By the end of the book, I decided to drop out of school. I never returned. It was the best decision of my life.     source
The Essential Rumi, New Expanded Edition
by Jalal al-Din Rumi (May 28, 2004)
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This revised and expanded edition of The Essential Rumi includes a new introduction by Coleman Barks and more than 80 never-before-published poems.Through his lyrical translations, Coleman Barks has been instrumental in bringing this exquisite literature to a remarkably wide range of readers, making the ecstatic, spiritual poetry of thirteenth-cent...
Kevin Kelly
There is nothing that I enjoy more than at night reading Rumi.     source
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Childhood's End
A Novel (Del Rey Impact)
by Arthur C. Clarke (Jul 03, 2001)
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Soon to be a Syfy miniseries event  Childhood’s End is one of the defining legacies of Arthur C. Clarke, the author of 2001: A Space Odyssey and many other groundbreaking works. Since its publication in 1953, this prescient novel about first contact gone wrong has come to be regarded not only as a science fiction classic but as a literary thriller ...
Kevin Kelly
This story of a singularity always stuck with me as something to prepare for.     source
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Gödel, Escher, Bach
An Eternal Golden Braid
by Douglas R. Hofstadter (Feb 05, 1999)
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Douglas Hofstadter's book is concerned directly with the nature of “maps” or links between formal systems. However, according to Hofstadter, the formal system that underlies all mental activity transcends the system that supports it. If life can grow out of the formal chemical substrate of the cell, if consciousness can emerge out of a formal syste...
Kevin Kelly
Over the years, I kept finding myself returning to its insights, and each time I would arrive at them at a deeper level.     source
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Regional Advantage
Culture and Competition in Silicon Valley and Route 128
by AnnaLee Saxenian (Mar 01, 1994)
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Silicon Valley in California and Route 128 in Massachusetts are America's centres of electronics innovation and entrepreneurship. The regions are similar in many respects: both trace their origins to unversity research and military spending, and both faced severe downturns in the early 1980s. Today, however, Silicon Valley is flourishing again whil...
Kevin Kelly
A really good book.     source
Future Shock
by Alvin Toffler (Jun 01, 1984)
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"The best study of our times that I know. . . . Of all the books that I have read in the last 20 years, it is by far the one that has taught me the most."--Le Figaro Future Shock is about the present. Future Shock is about what is happening today to people and groups who are overwhelmed by change. Change affects our products, communities, organizat...
Kevin Kelly
The author was the one who introduced the term 'future shock' which was that people would actually have like a resistance or a reaction to the future.     source
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The Ultimate Resource
by Julian Lincoln Simon (Aug 21, 1981)
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The description for this book, The Ultimate Resource, will be forthcoming....
Kevin Kelly
The author’s clarifying insight—that mind and intelligence can overcome any physical limitations, and are therefore the only scarce resource—has become a big idea that colors much of what I look at today.     source