Mental Anarchy Reading Recommendations
A conventional good read is usually a bad read, a relaxing bath in what we know already. A true good read is surely an act of innovative creation in which we, the readers, become conspirators. - Malcolm Bradbury
The books listed below have been specially selected for their unique insight, entertainment value, and/or contribution to the philosophy of Mental Anarchy. The past decades have been a boon for free speech and the publication of materials that did not have to make it past a gatekeeper in order to reach an audience. Some of the books below were published through traditional channels, and others would probably have never reached our eyes were it not for the new freedom of the Internet. Enjoy the selection, and feel free to send me your own recommendations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holy Bible - Best God Damned Version - Genesis: For atheists, agnostics, and fans of religious stupidity
Genesis. Every goddamned chapter. Because you know it's nonsense but were never sure why.
God and the State
This is a true classic of both anarchism and atheism. In a sane world, Bakunin's name would be a household word and every May 30 would be a global holiday to celebrate his birth. You can also find free versions on the web, as this book is public domain.
Despicable Meme: The Absurdity and Immorality of Modern Religion
D. Cameron Webb pulls no punches when it comes to the absolute evil and stupidity of modern religion. This is the kind of book the Internet was invented to deliver.
The Dice Man
The Dice Man is what good fiction is all about. An insane ride with some deep meaning behind it, this book just might open up a new door in your mind.
The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind
If you are interested in the origins of consciousness and the foolishness that seems to go along with it, you might want to check out what Julian Jaynes has to say on the topic.
Days of War, Nights of Love: Crimethink For Beginners
Society thinks you should be a cog in its machine. Crimethink disagrees.
Robert Anton Wilson is a master of considering reality from different perspectives. This book is a masterpiece.
Atheism: The Case Against God (The Skeptic's Bookshelf)
There are a lot of good books on atheism out there, but this one is one of my favorites.
Beyond Good & Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future
This is one of Nietzsche's most direct and hardest hitting books. Once you fully comprehend Nietzsche's description of “herren morale” (the morality of the master) and “shklavenmoral” (the morality of the slave) the insanity and hypocrisy of our "civilization" will be much easier to understand.
Why Smart People Hurt: A Guide for the Bright, the Sensitive, and the Creative
I'm going to go way out on a limb and guess that the majority of people who find themselves here are of above-average intelligence. If you've ever felt the pain that sometimes goes along with this, this book was written for you.
Zen Without Zen Masters
It always amuses me when I hear about someone getting a certificate from a Zen master to certify that he's enlightened. I prefer my Zen like I prefer everything - master free.
The information in this book will be useful to you even if you don't find yourself in solitary confinement for over thirty years.
The Satanic Bible
The ritual part of this book is useless to me, but the philosophy makes it worth reading.
Mao Tse-tung on Guerrilla Warfare
Everything you always wanted to know about guerrilla warfare but were afraid to ask.
Post Office: A Novel
Bukowski didn't self identify as an anarchist but he sure sounds like one to me. If you've never read any of his works you've been missing out.
The Most Beautiful Woman in Town & Other Stories
Some more Bukowski, this time in short story form. This is my favorite collection of short stories of all time.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.
The Great Anarchists: Ideas and Teachings of Seven Major Thinkers
If you don't know much about classical anarchism, you will after you read this.
The Right Brain and the Unconscious: Discovering the Stranger Within
This is a very interesting book that delves deep into your brain. You'll never think about your brain processes in the same way ever again.
Your Survival Instinct Is Killing You: Retrain Your Brain to Conquer Fear and Build Resilience
Every time I hear somone complain that the air conditioning is too cold I want to beat him to death with a copy of this book. Marc Schoen has a lot to say on the topic, and he says it well.
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