During the first world war, Carl Jung embarked on an extended self-exploration he called his ‘confrontation with the unconscious’. At the heart of this exploration was The Red Book, a grand, illuminated volume which he created between 1914 and 1930, in which he developed the nucleus of his later theories.
This is indeed author Joe Hill here on Tumblr, with this evil question.
Off the top of my head this afternoon:
GREAT MAMBO CHICKEN AND THE TRANSHUMAN CONDITION, by Ed Regis, was my deep introduction to transhumanism and fringe science. I’d read the odd issue of MONDO and the like as I could find and afford them, but GREAT MAMBO CHICKEN was the serious dose, from rocket man Bob Truax through to robot brain man Hans Moravec and back again. Wonderful book. Nowadays, I think it’d read as a marvellous time capsule.
WORDS AND MUSIC, Paul Morley. It may actually be one of the best books about music ever written, even though it’s not really about music so much as it’s about someone whom music happened to.
FEAR AND LOATHING ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL ‘72 is the best book Hunter Thompson ever wrote, and it’s unfairly overshadowed by the others.
EASY RIDERS, RAGING BULLS by Peter Biskind. I find it hard to describe why I find this book so affecting. It’s basically the story of American cinema in the Sixties and Seventies, remarkably heavily sourced and researched, with a rich supply of funny, creepy and titillating detail — but it’s also about the multiple journeys of the commercial artist, and weirdly scary and heartbreaking, like a dozen car crashes in a row.
And DOOM PATROLS by Steven Shaviro, which he describes as “a theoretical fiction,” but it’s not, really. You can read it yourself for free and find out. In some ways, it’s almost like the flipside to GREAT MAMBO CHICKEN, where you immerse yourself in that Nineties moment where common culture breaks up into a swirl of Everything Weird Happening All At Once. It was like the light of an explosion reaching your senses before the sound and the shockwave arrived.
Tomorrow I would have a different list.
Well I have five new books to ad to my “To-Read” list.
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10,000 WAYS TO DIE (1978)
My book about the Spaghetti Western - written in 1978. Deals with films made between 1963 and 1973.
Free .pdf, released under a Creative Commons
License (249 pp)
MOVIEDROME GUIDE 1 (1988-1990)
56 Cult Film Reviews from ACE INTHE HOLE to YOJIMBO.
MOVIEDROME GUIDE 2 (1991-1993)
62 Cult Film Reviews from AT CLOSE RANGE to WITCHFINDER GENERAL
BUGS ARE MY BUSINESS (1999)
a.k.a. THE SECRET LIFE OF DON LUIS BUÑUEL - the best script we never made - by Tod Davies
Please Kickstart this: Alex Cox directs Harry Harrison’s BILL THE GALACTIC HERO.
By Paul Pope
On the Complete Tadanori Yokoo, Pope said
Without a doubt, the thing in my collection of books and records and posters/prints which I love the most would be the 1977 Barron’ s reprint edition of The Complete Tadanori Yokoo, a beautiful slipcase book, essentially a graphic catalogue of prints, posters, and illustrations from 1969-1973. The book itself has many unique and invented limited color and spot color designs inside. I’ve had this book since 1995, having inherited it from a graphic designer I’ve known since I was a kid. I first saw this book in 1982, when I found the book on his bookshelf….and fell in love with Yokoo’s approach to design. It’s had a huge impact on my career choices and the book is a heavy influence on my own artbook, Pulphope, as well as my approach to screen printing.
When I lost sight of the pleasure of the picture a little, I do pleasure I turn up this book, and to describe a painting in for help to remember.
Illustration from Kitab al-Bulhan or Book of Wonders
The Kitab al-Bulhan, or Book of Wonders, is an Arabic manuscript dating mainly from the late 14th century A.D. and probably bound together in Baghdad during the reign of Jalayirid Sultan Ahmad (1382-1410). The manuscript is made up of astrological, astronomical and geomantic texts compiled by Abd al-Hasan Al-Isfahani