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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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Leaves Of Grass
1855
Walt Whitman - Mar 06, 2018 (first published in 1892)
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This is a copy of the first self-published copy of Leaves of Grass, published on July 4, 1855 in Brooklyn, NY. 795 copies were printed, although only 200 copies were bound with the green cover. The author's name did not appear on the cover, although it does appear in the poem on page 31 in this edition. Walt Whitman continued to work on this master...
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 Sound of the One Hand
281 Zen Koans with Answers (New York Review Books Classics)
Yoel Hoffman - Dec 06, 2016 (first published in 1975)
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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
James P. Carse - Jan 05, 2013 (first published in 1986)
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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
Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi - Nov 23, 2012 (first published in 1927)
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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
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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The Qur'an
M. A. S. Abdel Haleem - Jun 15, 2008 (first published in 650)
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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
It's All Too Much
An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff
Peter Walsh - Nov 06, 2007 (first published in 2006)
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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
John Markoff - Feb 28, 2006 (first published in 2005)
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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
Gregory David Roberts - Oct 01, 2005 (first published in 2003)
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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
Ayn Rand - Apr 26, 2005 (first published in 1943)
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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
Jalal al-Din Rumi - May 28, 2004 (first published in 1273)
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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
Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas R. Hofstadter
Regional Advantage by AnnaLee Saxenian
Future Shock by Alvin Toffler
The Ultimate Resource by Julian Lincoln Simon