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Michael Pollan is an author, journalist, activist, and the Lewis K. Chan Arts Lecturer and Professor of Practice of Non-Fiction at Harvard University.
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How to Dress an Egg
Surprising and Simple Ways to Cook Dinner
by Ned Baldwin (Apr 06, 2020)
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Learn to cook one thing exceptionally well and you open the door to a multitude of possibilities, with no need for special equipment or fussy techniques. That’s the premise of this book. Ned Baldwin, a home cook who taught himself to be an excellent chef, sees no reason why anyone else can’t do the same. By showcasing one ingredient per method, Bal...
The Evolution of Beauty
How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World - and Us
by Richard O. Prum (Apr 02, 2018)
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NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, SMITHSONIAN, AND WALL STREET JOURNAL A major reimagining of how evolutionary forces work, revealing how mating preferences--what Darwin termed "the taste for the beautiful"--create the extraordinary range of ornament in the animal world.In the great halls of science, dogma holds that...
Michael Pollan
May 14, 2018
The most exciting book I've read recently.     source
The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell
by Aldous Huxley (Jul 27, 2009)
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Tags: self-helpreferencespiritualreligionpsychologyphilosophy
Among the most profound and influential explorations of mind-expanding psychadelic drugs ever written, here are two complete classic booksThe Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hellin which Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World, reveals the mind's remote frontiers and the unmapped areas of human consciousness. This new edition also features an a...
Michael Pollan
May 14, 2018
The best introduction to what the experience of tripping is like.     source
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Michelle Rodriguez
The Jungle
by Upton Sinclair (Feb 28, 2019)
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The Jungle is a 1906 novel written by the American journalist and novelist Upton Sinclair (1878-1968). Sinclair wrote the novel to portray the lives of immigrants in the United States in Chicago and similar industrialized cities. Many readers were most concerned with his exposure of health violations and unsanitary practices in the American meatpac...
Michael Pollan
Dec 04, 2015
A powerful piece of journalism disguised as a novel.     source
Liberty Under Siege
American Politics 1976-1988
by Walter Karp (Dec 31, 2009)
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Michael Pollan
Dec 04, 2015
The most original observer of American politics in the second half of the 20th century.     source
Home Economics
Fourteen Essays
by Wendell Berry (Apr 30, 2009)
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Tags: economics
My work has been motivated, Wendell Berry has written, by a desire to make myself responsibly at home in this world and in my native and chosen place. In Home Economics, Mr. Berry explores this process and continues to discuss what it means to make oneself responsibly at home. His title reminds us that the very root of economics is stewardship, hou...
Michael Pollan
Dec 04, 2015
I’ve learned more from Berry than anyone else about how best to engage with nature, and how to write a sturdy and pleasing English sentence.     source
Changes in the Land
Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England
by William Cronon (Aug 31, 2003)
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The book that launched environmental history now updated. Winner of the Francis Parkman PrizeIn this landmark work of environmental history, William Cronon offers an original and profound explanation of the effects European colonists' sense of property and their pursuit of capitalism had upon the ecosystems of New England. Reissued here with an upd...
Michael Pollan
Dec 04, 2015
Taught me how to look at a landscape and see not just nature but history as well.     source
The Odyssey
by Homer (Nov 28, 1999)
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Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turnsdriven time and again off course, once he had plunderedthe hallowed heights of Troy.If the Iliad is the world's greatest war epic, then the Odyssey is literature's grandest evocation of everyman's journey though life. Odysseus' reliance on his wit and wiliness for survival in his encounters wi...
Michael Pollan
Dec 04, 2015
And not just because there are so many great barbecue scenes. (Henry Fielding called “The Odyssey” “Homer’s wonderful book about eating,” and wasn’t too far off.) But there’s lots to learn about story structure too, and why it’s often a good idea to begin in the middle.     source
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On Drugs
by David Lenson (Feb 28, 1999)
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Tags: self-helpsociology
In a searing critique of the War on Drugs and other attempts to eradicate "getting high, " Lenson ventures outside the conventional genres of drug writing and looks at the drug debate from a lost, and often forbidden, point of view: the user's. Walking a fine line between the antidrug hysteria prevalent in our culture and an uncritical advocacy of ...
Michael Pollan
Dec 04, 2015
Little known, but the smartest book on drugs I know of.     source
Sexual Personae
Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson
by Camille Paglia (Aug 19, 1991)
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Michael Pollan
Dec 04, 2015
A crazy and brilliant survey of Western literature.     source
The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson
by Ralph Waldo Emerson (Apr 01, 1987)
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Ralph Waldo Emerson, Alfred Kazin observes in his Introduction, "was a great writer who turned the essay into a form all his own." His celebrated essays--the twelve published in Essays: First Series (1841) and eight in Essays: Second Series (1844)--are here presented for the first time in an authoritative one-volume edition, which incorporates all ...
Michael Pollan
Dec 04, 2015
Sentence by sentence, some of the most stimulating thoughts anywhere.     source
Paper Lion
by George Plimpton (May 31, 1966)
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In the mid-'60s, Plimpton joined the Detroit Lions at their preseason camp as a 36-year-old rookie quarterback wannabe, and stuck with the club through an intra-squad game before the paying public a month later. The result is a literary masterpiece about professional football that not only elevated the art of participatory journalism to an art form...
Michael Pollan
Dec 04, 2015
In retrospect, this beautifully written and hilarious narrative made me a journalist — or at least, one who put himself in the story in order to see it fresh and build a narrative.     source
Paper Lion
Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback
by George Plimpton (Apr 25, 2016)
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The book that made a legend -- and captures America's sport in detail that's never been matched, featuring a foreword by Nicholas Dawidoff and never-before-seen content from the Plimpton Archives. George Plimpton was perhaps best known for Paper Lion, the book that set the bar for participatory sports journalism. With his characteristic wit, Plimpt...
Michael Pollan
In retrospect, this beautifully written and hilarious narrative made me a journalist.     source
The Jungle Book
by Rudyard Kipling (Feb 29, 2016)
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Rudyard Kipling’s classic collection of fables gets reimagined in this deluxe four-color collectible volume, featuring stunning new artwork and nine interactive elements crafted by MinaLima Design, the award-winning design studio behind the graphics for the Harry Potter film franchise and the illustrated classic Peter Pan.Since its publication in 1...
Michael Pollan
A powerful piece of journalism disguised as a novel.     source
Acid Test
LSD, Ecstasy, and the Power to Heal
by Tom Shroder (Aug 10, 2015)
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Tags: biographypsychologyhistoryspiritualreligion
“A book that should start a long-overdue national conversation.” —Dave Barry Despite their illegality, many Americans are already familiar with the effects of psychedelic drugs. Yet while LSD and MDMA (better known as Ecstasy) have proven extraordinarily effective in treating anxiety disorders such as PTSD, they remain off-limits to the millions wh...
Michael Pollan
A good book on MDMA therapy.     source
The Healing Journey
Pioneering Approaches to Psychedelic Therapy
by Claudio Naranjo (Apr 18, 2013)
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In this remarkable book, Chilean-American psychiatrist Claudio Naranjo takes us on a scientific adventure through his groundbreaking research into new experiential methods of psychotherapy facilitated by psychedelic substances. The Healing Journey reveals these consciousness-expanding compounds to be fascinating therapeutic tools that are now—40 ye...
Michael Pollan
So that you understand what a good guide looks like.     source
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The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide
Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys
by James Fadiman (May 17, 2011)
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Psychedelics for spiritual, therapeutic, and problem-solving use - Presents practices for safe and successful psychedelic voyages, including the benefits of having a guide and how to be a guide - Reviews the value of psychedelics for healing and self-discovery as well as how LSD has facilitated scientific and technical problem-solving - Reveals...
Michael Pollan
Actually has very good advice for people who want to guide, or are shopping for a guide.     source
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The Gift of Good Land
Further Essays Cultural and Agricultural
by Wendell Berry (Apr 30, 2009)
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The essays in The Gift of Good Land are as true today as when they were first published in 1981; the problems addressed here are still with us and the solutions no nearer to hand. One of the insistent themes of this book is the interdependence, the wholeness, the oneness of people, the land, weather, animals, and family. To touch one is to tamper w...
Michael Pollan
I’ve learned more from this author than anyone else about how best to engage with nature, and how to write a sturdy and pleasing English sentence.     source
The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson
by Ralph Waldo Emerson (Sep 11, 2000)
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Introduction by Mary OliverCommentary by Henry James, Robert Frost, Matthew Arnold, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Henry David Thoreau   The definitive collection of Emerson’s major speeches, essays, and poetry, The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson chronicles the life’s work of a true “American Scholar.” As one of the architects of the transce...
Michael Pollan
Sentence by sentence, some of the most stimulating thoughts anywhere.     source
Home Economics
by Wendell Berry (May 31, 1987)
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Tags: fiction
"My work has been motivated," Wendell Berry has written, "by a desire to make myself responsibly at home in this world and in my native and chosen place." In "Home Economics," a collection of fourteen essays, Berry explores this process and continues to discuss what it means to make oneself "responsibly at home." His title reminds us that the very ...
Michael Pollan
I’ve learned more from this author than anyone else about how best to engage with nature, and how to write a sturdy and pleasing English sentence.     source