Wednesday, January 19, 2005
It's based on Amazon.com excerpts...
Yep. It's not judging a book by its cover, but by the Amazon content snippets contained on their website.
This is based on Pseudo-Polymath's "Challenge to Non-Believers." He requested responders to read one book; in return he'd read a book.
So my counter is: give me an Amazon.com excerpt, and in return you'll read some of my Amazon.com excerpts...
The reason I've come up with this counter to him is as follows:
1. I don't have time to buy books- that someone else recommends. I don't have time to read the ones that I want to read.
2. The Amazon.com stuff is free.
3. The Amazon.com content is very quickly read.
True, the exchange will be more USA Today than Harvard University's philosophy post- grad school, but OTOH, it will be more feasible, and suited to the nature of this medium, I think.
Here's some books I recommend, for starters:
The Politics of Experience by RD Laing.
Moon in a Dewdrop, by Eihei Dogen
The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way: Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika by Nagarjuna, Jay L. Garfield
Wild Ivy: The Spiritual Autobiography of Zen Master Hakuin, translated by Norman WADDELL
I have others...
(HT to Mr. Carter...)
The Talking Cure by Mike Feder...
That guy Feder can tell a story...
Posted by Mumon K at 5:34 PM