Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Thank you, poemless, for this diary.  It goes on my hotlist for future reference.  Already some suggestions have gone on my wishlist.  Others better read than I will fill out your dream syllabus, but if I might I'd like to make a couple of suggestions.

If I were to recommend one book, particularly for a younger person, it would be Ishmael by Daniel Quinn.  Some might consider it juvenile fiction.  After all, the principle character is a telepathic gorilla with the wisdom of Solomon.  Still, it won the Turner Tomorrow book award.  It was the first book in a very long time that I literally could not put down.  I stayed up well past my bedtime on a work night to finish it.  Quinn, through the voice of Ishmael the gorilla, examines the development of human civilization from a decidedly different perspective.  Some have dismissed Ishmael as warmed-over Malthus, but I think it is a good deal more than that.  I know I will never look at what we call civilization or progress quite the same again.

I would also recommend The Masks of God by Joseph Campbell.  In a four-volume set Campbell examines Primitive Mythology, Oriental Mythology, Occidental Mythology, and Creative Mythology.  A book on mythology might easily be dry and dull, let alone a four volume set, but I found Campbell's wit delightful and his insights fascinating.

We all bleed the same color.

by budr on Fri Feb 10th, 2006 at 10:01:18 PM EST

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