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The following books are not written in a bibliography format, are in no particular order, and have all affected the way I understand the world around me. That isn't to say that I agree with every single book that is listed below. In general, the theory books are more consistent with my worldview while the novels vary considerably.

Read all these books if you want to think like me...

If you want to do that...

Gay Soul: Finding the Heart of Gay Spirit and Nature

Edited/organized by Mark Thompson

The Power of Myth

By Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers

City of Glass

By Paul Auster

The Woman Warrior

By Maxine Hong Kingston

Season of Migration to the North

By Tayeb Salih

The Merchant of Venice

By William Shakespeare


By William Shakespeare

The Awakening

By Kate Chopin

The Great Gatsby

By F. Scott Fitzgerald


By Mary Shelley

Travels in the Netherworld:

Buddhist Popular Narratives of Death and the Afterlife in Tibet

By Bryan J. Cuervas

God is Not One

By Stephen Prothero

Slaughterhouse Five

By Kurt Vonnegut

Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

By David Bayles and Ted Orland

The Body is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love

By Sonya Renee Taylor

Becoming Dangerous: Witchy Femmes, Queer Conjurers and Magical Rebels on Summoning the Power to Resist

Edited by Katie West and Jasmine Elliot

The Communist Manifesto

By Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

The Tempest

By William Shakespeare

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

By Hunter S. Thompson

How to Interpret Literature:

Critical Theory for Literary and Cultural Studies (4th ed.)

By Robert Dale Parker

How to Build a Habitable Planet

By Charles H. Langmuir and Wallace S. Broecker

The Complete Collection of H.P. Lovecraft’s Short Stories

By H.P. Lovecraft

The Straight State:

Sexuality and Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America

By Margot Canaday

Evolution’s Rainbow:

Diversity, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature and People

By Joan Roughgarden

A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf

By John Muir

Redefining Realness:

My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More

By Janet Mock

Finding Out: An Introduction to LGBTQ Studies (3rd Edition)

By Jonathan Alexander, Deborah T. Meem, and Michelle A. Gibson


By Edith Hamilton

Transgender Spirituality: Man Into Goddess

By Sakhi Bhava

American Indian Myths and Legends

Edited by Richard Erdoes and Alfonso Ortiz

XO Orpheus

Edited by Kate Bernheimer


By Ovid

The Complete Poems

By Catullus

Four Comedies

By Plautus

The Power of Mindful Learning

By Ellen J. Langer

Body Learning: An Introduction to the Alexander Technique (2nd ed.)

By Michael J. Gelb

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

By Tom Wolfe

One Flew Over a Cuckoo’s Nest

By Ken Kesey

The Pearl

By John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men

By John Steinbeck

The Essential Zohar: The Source of Kabbalistic Wisdom

By Rav P.S. Berg


By Herman Hesse

The Picture of Dorian Gray

By Oscar Wilde

The Hobbit

By J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings

By J.R.R. Tolkien

The Men with the Pink Triangle

By Heinz Heger

Something Wicked This Way Comes

By Ray Bradbury

The October Country

By Ray Bradbury

The Martian Chronicles

By Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451

By Ray Bradbury

Brave New World

By Aldous Huxley

Robot Dreams

By Isaac Asimov

Heart of Darkness

By Joseph Conrad

The Quiet Mind

By "White Eagle"

Common Sense

By Thomas Paine


By Bram Stoker

Silent Covenants:

Brown v. Board of Education and the Unfulfilled Hopes for Racial Reform

By Derrick Bell

Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West

By William Cronon

Robinson Crusoe

By Daniel Defoe

The Edge Chronicles

By Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

By Robert Louis Stevenson

The Hound of the Baskervilles

By Arthur Conan Doyle

Braiding Sweetgrass:

Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

By Robin Wall Kimmerer

True Love

By Thich Nhat Hanh

Much Ado About Nothing

By William Shakespeare

Their Eyes Were Watching God

By Zora Neale Hurston

To Kill a Mockingbird

By Harper Lee

Bill Peet’s Complete Works

By Bill Peet

Dr. Seuss' Complete Works

By Dr. Seuss

Beatrix Potters' Complete Works

By Beatrix Potter

Animal Farm

By George Orwell

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

By Tom Stoppard


By Thomas More

The New Atlantis

By Francis Bacon


Jimi Hendrix, David Lynch, Parliament-Funkadelic, Bong Joon Ho, Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin, John Carpenter, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Charlie Parker, Felix Colgrave, Dizzy Gillespie, BROCKHAMPTON, Dave Brubeck, Merzbow, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Joni Mitchell, John Coltrane, Wynton Marsalis, Miles Davis, William Shakespeare, Duke Ellington, Langston Hughes, Assata Shakur, Noam Chomsky, Herbie Hancock, Baby Huey, Gil-Scott Heron, Chuck Mangione, Freddie Hubbard, Quentin Tarantino, Barry Jenkins, Ella Fitzgerald, Spyro Gyra, John Hughes, Stan Getz, Grover Washington Jr., The Beatles, Louis Armstrong, Scatman John, Billie Holiday, Pharoah Sanders, Lord Huron, Pageants, Hayao Miyazaki, Rising Appalachia, Whitney, Caamp, Tracy Chapman, Muddy Waters, MGMT, Wes Anderson, Mt. Joy, Stevie Wonder, Michel Foucault, Dr. Dog, Paul Verhoeven, Gary Clark Jr., Thich Nhat Hanh, Toby Fox, Iron & Wine, Kendrick Lamar, Stoop Kids, Dave Rodgers, Alfred Hitchcock, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Home, Jefferson Airplane, The Guess Who, Cream, Kool & the Gang, Robert Rodriguez, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Sly & the Family Stone, Ari Aster, The Rolling Stones, Pete Seeger, Simon & Garfunkel, Kermit the Frog, the Olympians, Fleetwood Mac, The Doors, The Animals, The White Stripes, Frank Zappa, Otis Junior, the Talking Heads, Bill Withers, Steven Spielberg, Ohio Players, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Tom Waits, Eddie Kendricks, Nirvana, Tower Of Power, the Isley Brothers, the Wachowski Sisters, Zapp, Patti Labelle, Brian Culbertson, Billy Preston, Hideo Kojima, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Prince, the Meters, B.T. Express, Ann Peebles, Mojoflo, Al Green, Childish Gambino, Diana Ross, the Brothers Johnson, John Kricfalusi, Curtis Mayfield, Chance the Rapper, Bobby Womack, Tyler, the Creator, Sam & Dave, Otis Redding, Paul Thomas Anderson, the Temptations, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Jordan Peele, Sister Sledge, Jamiroquai, Rose Royce, Monty Python, Janelle Monae, Bob Marley & the Wailers, Pink Floyd, The Undisputed Truth, Har Mar Superstar, Joel Schumacher, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Guillermo del Toro, Greg Phillinganes, Howard Finster, D’Angelo, David Bendeth, Eric Andre, Parquet Courts, Water Seed, Tim Burton, the Spinners, Richie Havens, Lady Wray, J.J. Cale, Sam Raimi, Gyedu-Blay Ambolley, the Neville Brothers, Edgar Wright, Darondo, Fatback Band, Anderson .Paak, George Benson, Leon Bridges, Toots & the Maytals, Seamus Egan, Khruangbin, the Flaming Lips, Wild Child, Yabadum, Fever the Ghost, Bob Dylan, Djenghis Khan, of Montreal, Chris Rock, Toro y Moi, Dawg Yawp, Belle & Sebastien, the Allah-Las, Kurt Vile, Chelou, Devendra Banhart, Emilie Conrad, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Vetiver, Jordan Mackampa, Geggy Tah, Blockhead, Jared Hess, Father John Misty, Orville Peck, Rex Orange County, Bon Iver, Delicate Steve, Charlie Kaufman, Natural Child, Johnny Cash, a Tribe Called Quest, NWA, Noname, Princess Nokia, Matt Groening, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Nas, Kanye West, 2Pac, Kali Uchis, George Carlin, Matt Champion, M. Night Shyamalan, Frank Ocean, the Notorious B.I.G., the Pharcyde, Del the Funky Homosapien, Stevie Nicks, Genesis, David Bowie, Carole King, Santana, the Coen Brothers, Ultimate Spinach, 13th Floor Elevators, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Ohad Naharin, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Worn Flints, Mild High Club, Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Jim Jaramusch, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, U2, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, T. Rex, Lenny Kravitz, Rob Thomas, Muse, the Velvet Underground, and Shintaro Sakamoto.    

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