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Dylan # Posted on August 13, 2012 at 3:00 am

just a list of books that have changed my perspectives somewhat intensely:
Being and Time–Heidegger. Philosophy; on the phenomenon of existence and consciousness as it occurs for people in a limited timeframe (basically). A really, really hard read that I probably wouldn’t have finished had it not been required for a class, but really outstanding and thought-provoking work.

What Are People For?–Wendell Berry. More philosophy, but much more digestible. Short essays on how we ought to treat our natural environment, with a message in favor of local agrarian economics. Makes you think about the flaws of a utilitarian capitalist system when applied to our use of nature.

The Monkey Wrench Gang–Edward Abbey. Abbey is clutch and I love all his writing, but this one might be my favorite just because it’s his standout fiction piece about ecoterrorists who destroy billboards and blow up dams in favor of seeing the environment in its natural state.

More that come to mind: Heart of Darkness (Conrad), Desert Solitaire (also Abbey), Cat’s Cradle (Vonnegut), The Conquest of Happiness (Russell).