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Some of the writings that have especially informed my opinions:

James Agee, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

Robert Aitken, Taking the Path of Zen, A Zen Wave: Basho’s Haiku and Zen

Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Reverie:  Childhood, Language, and the Cosmos; The Poetics of SpaceThe Psycholanalysis of Fire; Water and Dreams

Albert Camus, The Myth of SisyphusThe StrangerThe Plague

Louis Cozolino, The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy:  Healing the Social Brain, Neuroscience and Human Relationships

Riane Eisler, The Chalice & the Blade:  Our History, Our Future

Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run with the Wolves:  Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

Sam Harris, The Moral Landscape:  How Science Can Determine Human Values

Vaclav Havel, “The Power of the Powerless” (extensive excerpts, pdf), trans Bob Moeller, U-CA, Irvine

James Hillman, Healing FictionsThe Dream and the UnderworldThe Thought of the Heart and the Soul of the World

Richard Hofstadter, “The Paranoid Style in American Politics

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”

Toni Morrison, Beloved

Reinhold Niebuhr, The Children of Light and the Children of Darkness

Sohaku Ogata, Zen for the West

Pan and the Nightmare (James Hillman, “An Essay on Pan;” Wilhelm Heinrich Rosher, “Ephialtes:  A Pathological-Mythological Treatise on the Nightmare in Classical Antiquity”)

Poets incl Amiri Baraka, Basho, Robert Bly, Emily Dickinson, Allen Ginsburg, Langston Hughes, Eugenio Montale, Gary Snyder, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, James Wright

Michael J. Sandel, Justice:  What’s the Right Thing To Do?

Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony

D. T. Suzuki, An Introduction to Zen Buddhism, Essays in Zen Buddhism

R. H. Tawney, Religion and the Rise of Capitalism

Henry David Thoreau, Walden, “Civil Disobedience,” “Walking

Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Tao Te Ching

Thorstein Veblen, The Theory of the Leisure Class

John Woolman, Journal

Richard Wright, Black BoyNative Son (especially the last couple pages), The Outsider

Malcolm X, Autobiography

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