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December 8th, 2009

Writer's Block: Book worms unite!

What are the three best books you have ever read and what are the three worst? What made them so good or bad?
1) Tao te Ching (Thw Way and its Virtue) attributed to Lao Tzu. It changed my life, its my Bible. Its cool! It's detachment, it's compassion, its spirituality without being religious or dogmatic. I can read it how I want and not feel like I am twisting its meaning.

2) The Cloud of Unknowimg, written by anonymous 14th(?) century Christian Monk. Classic neo-plationist Christian mystical description of the "nowhere path" teaches me I can love the ---- without knowing anything about it or even believing anything about it.

3) The Gospel according to Jesus, bu Stephen Mitchell. An effort to imagine what Jesus really said and did as opposed to what his supporters and critics thought he said and did.

4) I can't stop at three. Slaughterhouse Five. If I ever suffer from Post-traumatic stress disorder, I want Billy Pilgrim's version of it! This book introduced me to Kurt Vonnegut, for which I will always be grateful.

The three worst? Boy, I don't know. There are many I didn't finish. I don't deliberately read books I don't like, unless they were required for a course. The last book I didn't finish was Ecological Imperialism. Weeds make such lousy villians. Also Jean Auel's Valley of the Horses. Probably not a bad book, but such a let down after Clan of the Cave Bear that I could barely stand it. And the third runner up? Maybe one by James Burke whose title I blissfully forgot, Twin Paths or something like that; after Connections and The Day the Universe Changed (both marvelous) it was a real downer, a mess, incoherent trivia!

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