Great Resources
Books, Music, Films, and other media you ought to know about.

Look, no offense, but I do get rather tired of hearing people tell me "Oh, boo hoo, what can we do?  Where do we start?  The Man is holding all the cards, we're powerless!"

Bunk.

Understand folks, that time and again powerful tyrants have been brought low simply by the will of the people.  And this  was before we had things like the internet, or cel phones.  All you lack is a little bit of knowledge.  And, since I don't especially wish to repeat the mistakes of history, I've crafted this section to help you gain a broad understanding of the whole problem, as well as a bunch of solutions you can join in (or start working on) as soon as you are ready.

It's time to get edu-ma-cated.

Here's a downloadable version of this page's contents: Great Resources  

(Note: weblinks are not here, they're now on the page called, surprise, weblinks.) (Also, I know most folks don't read anymore, which is a darn shame.  If you're just not going to hit the lib-erry, well foo on you.  But you can still get a lot of the ideas  you need by making time to watch a flick or pop in a CD, so please, make the effort, OK?) (Oh, and while we're at it, if you do want to get your hands on some books, try www.Alibris.com for good used copies, or even better, contact the authors and buy them direct!  It's usually cheaper, and they'll get more dough.)

So, thanks for being interested, and be sure to credit yourself for taking the time to learn.  A little bit of perspective will go a very long way. 

Resources for Business Persons                 

BOOKS:  

A wholly different approach to seeing how 'the economy' works, and how it can be vastly improved in short order -

  • Ants, Galileo, and Ghandi; by Sissel Waage, ed.   
  • Natural Capitalism, by Paul Hawkins and Amory Lovins 
  • Small is Beautiful, by E.F. Schumacher 
  • Cradle to Cradle, by William McDonough 
  • The Ecology of Commerce, by Paul Hawkins  

A few 'big picture' texts that will challenge and inspire even the most doubtful Thomas - 

  • Beyond Civilization, by Daniel Quinn   
  • Gaviotas, by Alan Weisman        
  • Grunch of Giants, by Buckminister Fuller     

Personal-scale books you can put to immediate use to improve your finances -  

  • Unjobbing, by Michael Fogler      
  • Your Money or Your life, by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robbins             

A really great science book that explains about 95% of how the world is organized and thrives -  

  • Chaos, by James Gleick    
MOVIES:
  • Chinatown – movie, c. 1974
MUSIC / SPOKEN WORD:  
  • George Carlin Jamming in New York – spoken word CD, c.1992 

Resources for Philosophers and Activists

BOOKS:   

How did we get in such a mess?

  • Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn    
  • Illusions, by Richard Bach    
  • Cows, Pigs, Wars and Witches, by Marvin Harris    
  • A Language Older Than Words, by Derrick Jensen  
  • The Tao of Pooh, by Benjamin Hoff      
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Robert Pirsig    
  • Cannibals and Kings, by Marvin Harris 
  • The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver 
  • Seize the Day, by Saul Bellow 

Where do we go from here? (all paths lead up, that's for sure) 

  • The Salmon of Doubt, by Douglas Adams   
  • The Little Prince, by St. Auxpery     
  • Rules for Radicals, by Saul Alinsky   
  • Steal this Book, by Abbie Hoffman
  • The Book of Merlyn, by T.H. White
  • Overturning the Culture of Violence, by Penny Hess
  • rethinking the world  
  • The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Tales of Adam, by Daniel Quinn
  • ... and the granddaddy of them all: The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran    
MOVIES:
  • Mindwalk – movie, c. 1991
  • The Man Who Planted Trees - animated movie, c.1988    
  • The Matrix – movie, c. 1999          
  • Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, Naqoyqatsi – movies, c.1987, 1992, 2002    
  • The Maltese Falcon – movie, c. 1944   
  • What the #$%^ do we know? – movie, c. 2004  

MUSIC / SPOKEN WORD:  

  • I’ve got to know, by Utah Phillips – CD, c. 1991
  • Only Integrity is going to count, by Bucky Fuller - CD box set, c. 1984 
  • Universal Mother, by Sinead O'Conner - CD, c.1998 

Resources for Bums, Ne’er-do-wells, and Ruffians

BOOKS:  (Just read them ok?  No quibbling, just do it.  What, you'd rather do some chores?)

  • The Decline and Fall of Practically Everything, by Will Cuppy     
  • The Story of B, by Daniel Quinn ***   
  • Guinea Pig B, by Buckminister Fuller
  • Beloved, by Toni Morrison 
  • Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson
  • Why I became a Revolutionary, by Omali Yeshitela      
  • A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn    
  • Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut    
  • My Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn
  • Temple of my Familiar, by Maya Angelou    
  • What do you care what other people think?, by Richard Feynman      
  • The Autobiography of Adam and Eve, by Mark Twain   
  • Hermit of 69th Street, by Jerzy Kosinski    

*** The Story of B is my favorite of all these resources.  If you will only read one, this is the one.  But as my friend Bill would tell you, ‘beware the man with only one book!’  This list can be approached in any order.  The entire thing could be tackled in a year.  If you find yourself feeling powerless over world events, or wanting to build a future that is brighter for you, well then, find your favorite chair, grab a drink and maybe a snack-food, and dig in…                                          

MOVIES:

  • Fight Club – movie, c.1999  
  • The Revolution will not be televised – movie, c. 2003      
  • Bowling for Columbine – movie, c. 2002   
  • The Sting - movie, c.1974
  • The Yes Men - movie, c.2003
  • V for Vendetta - movie, c. 2006 
  • Shortbus - movie, c. 2006 

MUSIC / SPOKEN WORD: 

  • Fellow Workers by Ani DiFranco and U.Utah Phillips – CD, c. 2001      
  • Superfly soundtrack, by Curtis Mayfield – CD, c. 1973
  • Pick a bigger weapon and Party Music, by the Coup - CD's, c 2006 and 2001 each