L. Max Taylor

Middlebury, VT, United States

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Post-ideological, syncretic thinker.

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L. Max Taylor
Posted over 3 years ago
What's the overlooked gem, the book I haven't read that I must?
Borges' short stories are exquisite. So magical, so dense with meaning, one dare not skip a word. The collection titled Labyrinths is extraordinary. Some have argued that his fantastical concepts, such as the encyclopedia that continually changed itself, was actualized in the form of wikipedia, and the internet generally. See "Borges and the Foreseeable Future," www.nytimes.com/2008/01/06/books/06cohenintro.html.
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L. Max Taylor
Posted over 3 years ago
What's the overlooked gem, the book I haven't read that I must?
I recommended Grof's Beyond the Brain to someone just today, in the context of explaining Grof's proposition that there exist "basic perinatal matrices" -- womb experiences of distinct character -- which influence later, post-natal experience. I got quite a bit out of the compendia edited by Peter Titelman on Bowen Family Systems Theory, especially the volume entitled Emotional Cutoff. I also quite enjoyed Malcolm Gladwell's Blink, which was not only a great read, but also a book which freed me up to trust my own, rapidly apprehended, intuition about many things. I found a valuable read Kathryn Schultz's recent book Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error. Also recommended: The Guru Papers: Masks of Authoritarian Power, by Joel Kramer and Diana Alstad. A series of interconnected, essays, pre-web hypertext, if you like, on various subjects including a very insightful power analysis of cults.