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Michael Pollan is an author, journalist, activist, and the Lewis K. Chan Arts Lecturer and Professor of Practice of Non-Fiction at Harvard University.
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The Immortality Key
The Secret History of the Religion with No Name
Brian C. Muraresku - Sep 29, 2020
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A groundbreaking, controversial dive into the role psychedelics have played in the human experience of the Divine throughout Western history, and the answer to a 2,000 year old mystery that could shake the Church to its foundations.The Immortality Key connects the lost, psychedelic sacrament of Greek religion to early Christianity—exposing the true...
Michael Pollan
Sep 17, 2020
A fascinating investigation into the role of psychedelics in the birth of Christianity. Check @BrianMuraresku out on Joe Rogan or, better yet, read his book! The Immortality Key | Brian C. Muraresku | Macmillan     source
Your Symphony of Selves
Discover and Understand More of Who We Are
James Fadiman - Aug 04, 2020
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Why you are a different you at different times and how that’s both normal and healthy • Reveals that each of us is made up of multiple selves, any of which can come to the forefront in different situations • Offers examples of healthy multiple selves from psychology, neuroscience, pop culture, literature, and ancient cultures and traditions • Explo...
Michael Pollan
Aug 03, 2020
A fascinating new book by psychologist and and psychedelic elder James Fadiman: Your Symphony of Selves: Discover and Understand More of Who We Are: Fadiman Ph.D., James, Gruber, Jordan: 9781644110263: Books     source
How to Dress an Egg
Surprising and Simple Ways to Cook Dinner
Ned Baldwin - Apr 07, 2020
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Learn to cook one thing exceptionally well and you open the door to a multitude of possibilities, with no need for special equipment or fussy techniques. That’s the premise of this book. Ned Baldwin, a home cook who taught himself to be an excellent chef, sees no reason why anyone else can’t do the same. By showcasing one ingredient per method, Bal...
Michael Pollan
Apr 05, 2020
The perfect book for this moment when we're all cooking like crazy.     source
The Evolution of Beauty
How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World - and Us
Richard O. Prum - Apr 03, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, SMITHSONIAN, AND WALL STREET JOURNAL A major reimagining of how evolutionary forces work, revealing how mating preferences--what Darwin termed "the taste for the beautiful"--create the extraordinary range of ornament in the animal world.In the great halls of science, dogma holds that...
Michael Pollan
May 14, 2018
The most exciting book I've read recently.     source
The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell
Aldous Huxley - Jul 28, 2009 (first published in 1956)
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Among the most profound and influential explorations of mind-expanding psychadelic drugs ever written, here are two complete classic booksThe Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hellin which Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World, reveals the mind's remote frontiers and the unmapped areas of human consciousness. This new edition also features an a...
Michael Pollan
May 14, 2018
The best introduction to what the experience of tripping is like.     source
The Odyssey
Homer - Jul 15, 2020 (first published in 700)
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The Odyssey is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer. It is, in part, a sequel to the Iliad, the other Homeric epic. The Odyssey is a fundamental work in the modern Western canon, being the oldest extant piece of Western literature, second to the Iliad. Scholars believe the Odyssey was composed near the end of the 8th centur...
Michael Pollan
Dec 04, 2015
And not just because there are so many great barbecue scenes. (Henry Fielding called “The Odyssey” “Homer’s wonderful book about eating,” and wasn’t too far off.) But there’s lots to learn about story structure too, and why it’s often a good idea to begin in the middle.     source
The Jungle
Upton Sinclair - Mar 01, 2019 (first published in 1906)
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The Jungle is a 1906 novel written by the American journalist and novelist Upton Sinclair (1878-1968). Sinclair wrote the novel to portray the lives of immigrants in the United States in Chicago and similar industrialized cities. Many readers were most concerned with his exposure of health violations and unsanitary practices in the American meatpac...
Michael Pollan
Dec 04, 2015
A powerful piece of journalism disguised as a novel.     source
Liberty Under Siege
American Politics 1976-1988
Walter Karp - Jan 01, 2010 (first published in 1988)
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Liberty Under Siege is an extraordinary book. Here, finally, is a reveille for reality, a call to stop this long intoxication with illusion and look at what has been happening to our republic. Walter Karp combines the passion of Tom Paine with the urgency of Paul Revere to sound a patriot's alarm for his country....
Michael Pollan
Dec 04, 2015
The most original observer of American politics in the second half of the 20th century.     source
Home Economics
Fourteen Essays
Wendell Berry - May 01, 2009 (first published in 1987)
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My work has been motivated, Wendell Berry has written, by a desire to make myself responsibly at home in this world and in my native and chosen place. In Home Economics, Mr. Berry explores this process and continues to discuss what it means to make oneself responsibly at home. His title reminds us that the very root of economics is stewardship, hou...
Michael Pollan
Dec 04, 2015
I’ve learned more from Berry than anyone else about how best to engage with nature, and how to write a sturdy and pleasing English sentence.     source
Changes in the Land
Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England
William Cronon - Aug 31, 2003 (first published in 1983)
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The book that launched environmental history now updated. Winner of the Francis Parkman PrizeIn this landmark work of environmental history, William Cronon offers an original and profound explanation of the effects European colonists' sense of property and their pursuit of capitalism had upon the ecosystems of New England. Reissued here with an upd...
Michael Pollan
Dec 04, 2015
Taught me how to look at a landscape and see not just nature but history as well.     source
On Drugs
David Lenson - Feb 28, 1999 (first published in 1995)
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In a searing critique of the War on Drugs and other attempts to eradicate "getting high, " Lenson ventures outside the conventional genres of drug writing and looks at the drug debate from a lost, and often forbidden, point of view: the user's. Walking a fine line between the antidrug hysteria prevalent in our culture and an uncritical advocacy of ...
Michael Pollan
Dec 04, 2015
Little known, but the smartest book on drugs I know of.     source
Sexual Personae by Camille Paglia
The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Paper Lion by George Plimpton
Acid Test by Tom Shroder
The Healing Journey by Claudio Naranjo
The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide by James Fadiman
The Gift of Good Land by Wendell Berry
The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson by Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling