Here, in no particular order, are a few of the works, activities, people, or things which have had a salient influence on me.  This list is not, of course, exhaustive.  Additionally, I do not necessarily agree with the positions/activities/things/people presented; often their influence has been of a negative sort (i.e. I have learned that I strongly disagree with them), but nevertheless I would recommend experience with many things on this list for most folk who seek some sort of further arbitrary existential self-advancement.

The Unsettling of America by Wendell Berry

Le Petit Prince et Vol de Nuit de Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

N’écoutez pas et Fly Pan Am de Fly Pan Am

IBM 1401, A User’s Manual og Englabörn á Jóhann Jóhannsson

Dawn Refuses to Rise by Elders of Zion

…And the Refinement of their Decline by Stars of the Lid

Enregistreur et Exhaust de Exhaust

Fear and Trembling by Kierkegaard

GNU General Public License by Richard Stallman

Alms by Re:

More Deep Cuts by Thee More Shallows

Elohim Creating Adam and Behemoth and Leviathan by William Blake

Figure with Meat (1954) by Francis Bacon

Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Autumn Rhythm (No. 30) by Jackson Pollock

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Yanqui U.X.O. by Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Trust by Low



Music for Airports by Brian Eno

Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature by Richard Rorty

Noí Albínói directed by Dagur Kári

Alphaville directed by Jean-Luc Godard

2001: A Space Odyssey directed by Stanley Kubrick

e.e. cummings

Jean-Paul Sartre

Henry David Thoreau


Charles Sanders Peirce

Thomas Paine

Robert Nozick

Voltairine de Cleyre

William Godwin

Richard Rorty

W.V.O. Quine

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