A Sleepwreck Recommended Reading List

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Some of you folks have probably been out to the Personal Transformation Through Music Production workshops that I’ve been hosting at festivals for the last couple of years. Usually during those proceedings I end up referencing a few different books that have influenced me in various ways, and a couple of people have asked me to put together a book list. SO… Here we are:

– A Sleepwreck Recommended Reading List – 

Philosophy

The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible – Charles Eisenstein
This dude is where it’s at. Seriously. Eisenstein is the amoung most powerful, relevant and hopeful thinkers alive today.

Come of Age – Stephen Jenkinson
A tough slog, conceptually and emotionally. Jenkinson lays bare the harsh realities of modernity with profound poetic aplomb. Stick it out to the end, it’s worth it.

Finite And Infinite Games – James Carse
Do we play games, or do our games play us?

The Tao of Pooh – Benjamin Hoff
Uses Winnie the Pooh and his friends to explain the principles of ancient Chinese mysticism.

The Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu
The primary written document of the above mentioned Chinese mystical tradition.

Buddhism Without Beliefs – Stephen Batchelor 
Explores the principles and practices of Buddhism, minus the perhaps unnecessary religious/metaphysical aspects of the philosophy.

Coming To Our Senses – Morris Redman
Body and Spirit in the Hidden History of the West… An absolutely piercing look at the cycle of orthodoxy and heresy that defines Western culture.


Business

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey
Maybe you’re thinking, “wake up early”, “eat a good breakfast”… Nope. This book is full of principles worth basing a life around.

Good To Great – Jim Collins
An in-depth analysis of why organizations succeed… Full of potent concepts including “Level 5 Leadership”

Tribal Leadership – Dave Logan, Halee Fischer-Wright, and John King
Looks at how cultures manifest within organizations, and how good leadership can positively impact those cultures.

Tribes – Seth Godin 
How to start a movement.

Purple Cow – Seth Godin
“Revolutionize your business by being remarkable.”


Random Cool Stuff

Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell
An analysis of what makes high achievers different from everyone else? Often the important factors aren’t what we’ve been lead to believe they are.

The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell
Another book on how to start a movement.

The Rise of Superman – Stephen Kotler
Flow states, and how they have been exponentially increasing human performance in the realm of extreme sports.

No Impact Man – Colin Beavan
Guy and his family live for a year in New York City without producing garbage, burning fossil fuels, or putting toxins into water. Progenitor of the Zero-Waste movement.

 

Psychology

Emotional Intelligence – Daniel Goleman
Psychology and Neuroscience brought to bear on the realm of emotion. Super important book.

Narcissism: Denial of the True Self – Alexander Lowen
Understanding the masks that we wear, the “false self” that we identify with to one degree or another, and how to recover suppressed feelings.

Anything you can get your hands on by Wilhelm Reich
A former disciple of Freud’s who ended up discovering the “universal life energy”, and died in an American prison.

Man’s Search For Meaning – Viktor Frankl 
The philosophical findings of a German Jew who survived Auchwitz. “Between stimulus and response there is a space. Within that space lies the freedom to choose our response. In our  response lies our freedom and our growth.”

 

Masculinity

Iron John – Robert Bly
A mythopoetic look at coming of age as a man in the modern era.

No More Mr. Nice Guy – Robert A. Glover
A guide to overcoming “Nice Guy Syndrome”, i.e. learning how to make yourself happy instead of trying to please everyone else.

Male Sexuality: Why Women Don’t Understand It and Men Don’t Either
– Michael Bader

A nuanced look at male sexuality.

Silently Seduced – Kenneth Adams
Absolutely fucking dismantling book about emotional abuse in the nuclear family, and how it plays out in the lives of men affected by it.

 

Feminism

The Cinderella Complex – Colette Dowling 
Explores women’s fear of independence, or unconscious desire to be taken care of by others (also felt very applicable to men).

Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape
– Edited by Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti
A nuanced and multi-faceted examination of power dynamics and consent in heterosexual relationship.

 

Alternative History

Fingerprints of the Gods, and the follow up Magicians of The Gods
– Graham Hancock
The un-authorized history of civilization, digging into tonnes of crazy mysteries and anomalies… BUT with a hard headed, research/evidence based approach. Nothing woohoo here.

Food of the Gods – Terence and Dennis McKenna
The originators of the Stoned Ape Hypothesis, a Trojan Horse of a book.

 

Fiction

Sometimes a Great Notion – Ken Kesey
Possibly the greatest novel of all time.

Jitterbug Perfume (or anything else by Tom Robbins)
Hilarious and subversive. All of his stories are glorious.

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test – Tom Wolfe
Explores the exploits of psychedelic pioneer Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters.

American Gods – Neil Gaiman
Adventures with various incarnate Dieties.

Stranger In A Strange Land – Robert Heinlein 
A guy raised by Martians transforms the culture of Earth when he returns home as an adult.

Dune – Frank Herbert
Epic science fiction, really imaginative world creating.

The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
I literally read this “trilogy in four parts” in a single 3 day long sitting. One of the first authors to explore science fiction and comedy at the same time… So funny. Total classic.

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