The Gulag Archipelago
Originally distributed underground by samizdat in Soviet Russia, T.G.A. is about Solzhenitsyn’s experience in the gulags and the mindset and mimetic crisis that leads to them.
Read Infinite Jest. Not just to say you did. Not because it’s cool to name drop. Read it because David Foster Wallace is a literary genius and because—by design—it’s really, really hard to read this book well and to finish it. So consider it an exercise in virtue. Your view of humanity (and therefore yourself) will be transformed in the process.
This book is the first modern novel in history. It’s hilarious. But more than that, it’s true. Cervantes understands the mimetic nature of desire a well as anyone, and his account of the knight errant is more relevant today than ever.
Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold
A myth retold. If you think you have a face, think again.