Very Important Reading Material

A short list of major thought explorations that have most shaped my present perspective, available in full online.

Foucault & Sennett, Sexuality & Solitude
http://www.lrb.co.uk/v03/n09/michel-foucault/sexuality-and-solitude

Audre Lorde, Uses of the Erotic
http://www.metahistory.org/guidelines/EroticUses.php

Buckminster Fuller, Design Strategy from Utopia or Oblivion
http://bfi.org/sites/default/files/attachments/literature_source/wdsd_phase2_doc5_designstrategy.pdf

Deleuze & Guattari, The Rhizome from 1000 Plateaus
http://interconnected.org/home/more/2005/06/1000Plateaus00Rhizome.pdf

Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi, How it Feels to be in Flow
http://www.ted.com/talks/mihaly_csikszentmihalyi_on_flow

The Coming Insurrection by “The Invisible Committee”
https://archive.org/details/TheComingInsurrectionByTheInvisibleCommittee

Homeric Hymn to Demeter
http://www.uh.edu/~cldue/texts/demeter.html

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail
http://www.africa.upenn.edu/Articles_Gen/Letter_Birmingham.html

Valerie Solanas, SCUM Manifesto
http://www.womynkind.org/scum.htm

Of whole, longer books there are many more, of course, and not so freely found on the interwebs. The easiest way to access my favorites and recommendations would be to check out my bookshelves on Goodreads, but I’ll name some critical names here, too:

Nonfiction:

The Shiva Sutras

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/w/woolf/virginia/w91r/complete.html my favorite passage therein is this:

“Meanwhile the wineglasses had flushed yellow and flushed crimson; had been emptied; had been filled. And thus by degrees was lit, half-way down the spine, which is the seat of the soul, not that hard little electric light which we call brilliance, as it pops in and out upon our lips, but the more profound, subtle and subterranean glow which is the rich yellow flame of rational intercourse. No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself. We are all going to heaven and … — in other words, how good life seemed, how sweet its rewards, how trivial this grudge or that grievance, how admirable friendship and the society of one’s kind, as, lighting a good cigarette, one sunk among the cushions in the window-seat.”

The Symposium by Plato
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1600/1600-h/1600-h.htm

Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
https://libcom.org/files/FreirePedagogyoftheOppressed.pdf

Black Elk Speaks

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
http://www.progressive.org/news/2014/12/5047/letter-my-nephew

The Diary of Anne Frank

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

West With the Night by Beryl Markham

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Memories Dreams Reflections by C. G. Jung

Of Water and the Spirit by Malidoma Some

Women Who Run With the Wolves by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes

The Teenage Liberation Handbook by Grace Llewellyn

My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor

Scars of Evolution by Elaine Morgan

The Red Queen by Matt Ridley

Woman: An Intimate Geography by Natalie Angier

Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman

No Disrespect by Sistah Souljah

Life on the Outside by Jennifer Gonnerman

Nickle and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich (anything by Barbara Ehrenreich)

The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan

The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley

The Medium is the Massage by Marshall McLuhan

 

Fiction:

The Lives and Liberation of Princess Mandarava 

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1952/1952-h/1952-h.htm
(also Herland by Gilman)

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Anna Karenina By Leo Tolstoy

Another Country by James Baldwin

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Almanac of the Dead by Leslie Marmon Silko

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne

 

And, My thoughts, about sexuality, friendship, feelings, race, among other things… full list at:

https://whitneysparks.com/library/

 

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