The Gulag Archipelago

by Alexsandr Solzhenitsyn

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.

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Infinite Jest

by David Foster Wallace

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.

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Don Quixote

by Miguel de Cervantes

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.

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Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold

by C.S. Lewis

A myth retold. If you think you have a face, think again.