What are you currently reading?

Buddhism in Central Asia by B. N. Puri, ed. by Alex Wayman, 1997
Buddhism in Iran: An Anthropological Approach to Traces and Indluences by Mostafa Vaziri, 2012
Learn Hindi through English by Dr. N. Sreedharan, and online file with unknown publishing data
Islam and Buddhism by Harun Yahya, transl. by Ron Evans, 2003

ball dont lie

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Narcissus and Goldmund


The Magus
Great choice with the Magus. I think all young men should read the book. Young women too, but my focus would be on young men.

I also left my home country when i was young and went away to a more exotic place.

One of the best novels of the 20th century is an understatement.

ball dont lie

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I mostly listen to audiobooks through Libby app on my phone, which is excellent and gets updated to be even better. I get books through my library card. A couple friends in major cities gave me their library cards too.

How We Got to Now
by Steven Johnson
Six Innovations That Made the Modern World

Explains different objects that allows the modern world to be created. Glass and its manipulation. To beakers for science experiments, microscope lenses, glasses, telescopes and fiberglass which then became motherboards and circuitry. Very interested. Not too long.

The Great Upheaval
by Jay Winik
America and the Birth of the Modern World

Long but the first half is excellent, which explains the late 1700, lets say 1780-90 and the creation of the USA, Russia and France. So much detail that helps makes all the people in that era seem real and how important their choices were in creating the new types of government in the USA and France.

How to Change Your Mind
by Michael Pollan
What the New Science of Psychedelics

Pretty good. I have taken quite a bit of mind altering drugs when I was young but had a terrible trip with acid and nitrous oxide/laughing gas which was my last time. The science is in and most people find positive trips to be among the most important events in their lives. He recommends tripping in a great environment, even with training specialists.

The Long Walk
by Stephen King

Really good novella about death and the struggle of life. One of Kings best. Not scary or weird sex stuff which sometimes has.
The Federal Reserve Conspiracy
by Anthony C Sutton

Human Diversity by Charles Murray

Libido Dominondi by E Michael Jones (trying to finish)

Constantine the Great and the Christian Revolution by G P Baker


"Frank Rizzo" by S.A. Paolantonio; "Monumental Myths ..." by Ty Bollinger; "The White Duds: the Real-Life Dirty Dozen in Vietnam" by Thomas Chittum; I am also reading the "John Milton" series by Mark Dawson, Milton is a former assassin for the British government who is now a recovering alcoholic who is like "The Equalizer".

I like to read several books at once.


Enlightenment Now - Steven Pinker
The Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Christian Monks
Sugar Ray - Sugar Ray Robinson
The Will To Power - Friedrich Nietzsche
The 48 Laws of Power - Robert Greene
Book of Haikus - Jack Kerouac


The Pale King - David Foster Wallace

Written in 2008, but a choice quote:

“You can see where it’s going. The extraordinary political apathy that followed Watergate and Vietnam and the institutionalization of grass-roots rebellion among minorities will only deepen. Politics is about consensus, and the advertising legacy of the sixties is that consensus is repression. Voting’ll be unhip: Americans now vote with their wallets. Government’s only cultural role will be as the tyrannical parent we both hate and need. Look for us to elect someone who can cast himself as a Rebel, maybe even a cowboy, but who deep down we’ll know he is a bureaucratic creature who’ll operate inside the government mechanism instead of naively banging his head against it the way we’ve watched poor Jimmy do for four years.”

Timothy Crow

The Turner Diaries by W.L. Pierce.
Read it some years ago and have decided to revisit it. Currently it appears more relevant today than when it was first written.


Lolita by Nabakov.

I know this book is risque. However, you can't help but feel sympathy (even empathy for some of us) for a man who falls in love at a tender early age, only to lose the girl and spend the rest of his life with a void that can never be filled.

Jeremy Irons makes a perfect narrator for this audio book.


CS Lewis - That Hideous Strength

I've been working through Lewis' Space Trilogy, which I'd never read before. The first third or so of this book was pretty slow, but it gets interesting in the second half. This book was published in 1945 and it's downright eerie how prescient Lewis was. Just check out this little excerpt:


The Orthodox Church: An Introduction to its History, Doctrine, and Spiritual Culture - Anthony McGuckin

Part of my ongoing quest to learn more about Orthodoxy. Just started reading this. Enjoying it so far.


American Nations - A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America, Colin Woodward

This book can be a fascinating read for Americans trying to make sense of the regional cultural variations in the United States. It should be on the list of required reading for high school students of history in the U.S. The author fills in a lot of gaps of understanding and provides thorough explanations for the provincialism one often encounters in the U.S., especially along the Eastern seaboard and desert Southwest.
Great choice with the Magus. I think all young men should read the book. Young women too, but my focus would be on young men.

I also left my home country when i was young and went away to a more exotic place.

One of the best novels of the 20th century is an understatement.
I finished it and thought the writing was awesome. Parts that were a bit drawn out with unnecessary information, but awesome writing.

The story was interesting and riveting at points, but the ending didn't really tie all of it together. I'm fine with that. But wondering what you got out of it? I got the most out of the analysis of him as being a closet narcissist and self-pitying.
There's something of a double standard with dictators.

Mao's death toll is dominated by the millions who starved during the Great Leap Forward.

But normally, deaths by starvation, even when they're the product of government policy, aren't considered tantamount to genocide.

I'm not praising Mao here by any means.

But, for example, Churchill presided over a famine in Bengal in 1943 which killed several million people. He was criticized even at the time for his government's role. Was that genocide?
Those numbers are inflated for political cold war reasons. The real catastrophe of mao is that his Great Leap Forward built up the country adequately for the bosses to move our industry there.