Christopher Galtenberg

Denver, CO, United States

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Christopher Galtenberg
Posted over 4 years ago
What's the overlooked gem, the book I haven't read that I must?
Interaction Ritual Chains by Randall Collins -- Everything runs on Emotional Energy. How is it created? Through Interaction Rituals. Fascinating stuff. Eminently readable. Focusing by Eugene T. Gendlin -- Focusing is seeing what is truly at the root of what swims through our mind, especially issues that nag, wear us down, and affect us without our ever substantively knowing what they are. The Poetics of Reverie: Childhood, Language, and the Cosmos by Gaston Bachelard -- Reverie is the dream awake, oneirism that lingers, and something to not only cherish but build upon. Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers by Leonard Koren -- A vision of the world as a sprout emerging from a stone. First the stone had to be split. As L Cohen said: 'there's a crack, a crack in everything -- that's how the light gets in'. The Tao of Zen by Ray Grigg -- A masterful historical linking of the two truly timeless eastern genres of thought. Delicate and thoughtful. Reality Hunger: A Manifesto by David Shields -- 500 little pieces that argue for a new vision of artistic construction. Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility by James P. Carse -- Games aren't just out on the playing field. The truly infinite games are forever ongoing around us. Metaphysics of Natural Complexes by Justus Buchler -- Builds on the idea that there are no 'simples', only 'complexes', with elements spread across many orders in the universe (imaginary, real, past, present, future, accessible, queryable). Gitanjali: Offerings of Song and Art by Rabindranath Tagore -- Tagore's masterwork of poetic companionship with the ever-elusive, ever-arriving, ever-departing You. The Sociology of Philosophies: A Global Theory of Intellectual Change by Randall Collins -- The grand tour of philosophies throughout time -- why they appeared, thrived, inspired later schools (or didn't), disappeared, and remain eternal. See: