Books I'm Reading

Book I'm Currently Reading

In Touch - By John Steinbeck IV (Steinbecks son). Its a novel but more accurately an autobiography of sorts. Steinbeck documents his experience being drafted into the Vietnam War in a changing America of 1966. He unashamedly recounts his experience with Vietnamese hookers and marijuana, and describes his personal views on the subjects and his encounters with law enforcement and Congress when he returns to the states. I'm almost through with this book and greatly adore his insight as a young American into the futility of U.S. law.

Books I'm about to start...

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey. The book the movie was based on about being in a mental institution in the late fifties. Kesey wrote this out of his own experiences as an orderly in a California mental hospital.

On The Road - Jack Kerouac. Jack wrote this book as a deliberate product of the beatnick generation. Traveling the country by thumb (hitchhiking) with friends and journaling his experiences then subsequently writing the book in a three week period on a single 120 foot long sheet of paper fed through a typewriter in his parents home. Should be a crazy book.

Sun Also Rises
- Hemingway. A fictitious novel about a few friends in the 1920's who get out and see the world in post War Spain. Its regarded as on of the defining novels of that generation.

Epistemic Dimensions of Personhood
- Evnine. All I know about this book is the title is intense, I thumbed through it and it looks like an insanely thorough look at what it means to be a person.

If you've read this far you'll notice all these books with the exception of Evine have a certain theme, and there are a few things I am trying to accomplish by reading them.

1. I want to understand rebellion, and the forms in which it appeared, in every major generation.

2. I want to see this from the point of view of a person that experienced and actively participated in the rebellion and explore the justification which they present.

3. It allows me to learn from their foolishness but also from their unabashed ability to fight against closemindedness and establish "justice".

4. Its best to learn through history.

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