Recommended Reading for the Twenty First Century

Recommended Reading for the Twenty First
18 of today’s most perceptive writers and thinkers share with
Lapis books that may help to guide our thinking as we
enter the twenty-first century. In the reading list are books on
everything from spirituality to guns. Ptolemy Tompkins, author of
Paradise Fever, suggests Saving the Appearances by
Owen Barfield, for it ‘paints a picture of the universe as an arena
for the evolution of human consciousness more convincingly than any
other book I know.’ Whereas Satish Kumar, editor of
Resurgence magazine, discusses the book Small is
by E.F. Schumacher. ‘[It] reminds the reader of the
value and profoundness of small, simple, local and non-violent way
of being. The book brings economics and ethics together,
particularly the chapter on Buddhist economics.’ Both Marion
Woodman and David Korten included The Spell of the Sensuous
in their required reading. Author and thinker, Terry Tempest
Williams picked the titles A Sand County Almanac and The
Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson
. Robert Bly chose Revolt
of the Masses
and Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete
Bill McKibben suggests Wendell Berry’s The Gift of
Good Landby.
Other titles include Building a Bridge to the
Eighteenth Century: How the Past Can Improve Our Future
by Neil
Postman and The Story of My Experiments with Truth by
Mahatma Gandhi. — Sara V.
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