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FIND MY FAVES AND CURRENT READING ON GOODREADS  or this non exhaustive list of books that influenced my work. For those who do not like reading, I’m considering to start a book reading series on YouTube. If this interests you, share your support with this link. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks for your contribution.


Title, Author
The Vision of the Anointed, Thomas Sowell
Einsteins Dreams, Alan Lightman
The Fatal Conceit, Friedrich Hayak
The Eternal Moment, Estelle Jussim
The Laugh of Medusa, Helene Cixous
Selected Cronicas, Clarice Lispector
Formless: A User’s Guide, Yve-alain Bois and Rosalind E. Krauss
The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis, Lydia Davis
Anti-Oedipus: Captialism and Schizophrenia, Gilles Deleuze
Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison, Michel Foucault
The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present, Phillip Lopate
Power/Knowledge: Selected Interviews and Other Writings 1972-77, Michel Foucault
Madness and Civilization: A History of Insantiy in the Age of Reason, Michel Foucault
Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit: A Commentary Based on the Preface and Introduction, Werner Marx
Subculture: The Meaning of Style, Richard Dick Hebdige
The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an AGe of Anxiety, Alan A. Watts
Dialectic of Enlightenment: Philosophical Fragments, Theodor W. Adorno
Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda
The Society of the Spectacle, Guy Debord
Illuminations: Essays and Reflections, Walter Benjamin
Gender Trouble, Judith Butler
Mythologies, Roland Barthes
Social Psychology, Saul Kassin
C.G. Jun and Hermann Hesse: A Book of Two Friendships, Miguel Serrano
A Short Course in Photography: An Introduction to Black and White Photographic Technique, Barbara London
Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Chinese Medicine, Harriet Beinfield
Siddhartha, Herman Hesse
Photography: A Cultural History, Mary Warner Marien
On Being Blue, William H. Gass
Through Another Lens: My Years with Edward Weston, Charis Wilson
Tao Te Ching, Lao Tsu
The Celestine Prophecy, James Redfield
The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga, Ray Long
Scientific Keys: The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga, Ray Long
Yoga for Transformation: Ancient Teachings and Practices for Healing the Body, Mind, and Heart, Gary Kraftsow
Classic Essays on Photography, Alan Trachtenberg
The Four Agreements, A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, Miguel Ruiz
Science of Breath, Swami Rama
The Crack in the Cosmis Egg: New Constructs of Mind and Reality, Joseph Chilton Pearce
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Daybooks of Edward Weston, Two Volumes in One: I. Mexico II. California, Edward Weston
I Ching: Book of Changes, Anonymous
The Will to Meaning: Foundations and Applications of Logotherapy, Viktor E. Frankl
Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking, David Bayles
Awareness Through Movement: Easy-to-do Health Exercises to Improve Your Posture, Vision, Imagination, Personal Awareness, Moshe Feldenkrais
The Columbia Dictionary of Modern Literary and Cutlural Criticism, Joseph W. Childers
Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Paralle Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimension
Meditations in and Emergency, Frank O’Hara
On Photography, Susan Sontag
Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography, Roland Barthes
Manufactured Landscapes: The Photographs of Edward Burtynsky, Lori Pauli
Picinic Lightening, Billy Collins
Originality and the Avant-Garde and OIther Modernist Myths, Rosalind E. Krauss
A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle
Women: Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Women Archetype, Clarissa Pinkoal Estes
Yoga Anatomy, Leslie Kaminoff
Critique of Pure Reason, Immanuel Kant
The Art of Happiness at Work, Dalai Lama XIV
The Anti-Aesthetic: Essays on Postmodern Culture, Hal Foster
The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
The End of Mr. Y, Scarlett Thomas
On the Road, Jack Kerouac
The Holographic Universe, Michael Talbot
A Nietzsche Reader, Friedrich Nietzsche
Art and Culture: Critical Essays, Clement Greenberg
The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility, and Other Writings on Media, Walter Benjamin
Ways of Seeing, John Berger
The Book of Questions, Pablo Neruda
A Field Guide to Getting Lost, Rebecca Solnit
A Guide for the Perplexed, Ernst F. Schumacher
The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
Franny and Zooey, J.D. Salinger
Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor E. Frankl
Wolfgang Tilmans: View from Above, Zdnek Felix
This is Your Brain on Joy: How the New Science of Happiness Can Help You Feel Good and Be Happy, Earl Henslin
The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
The Painted Word, Tom Wolfe
The Birth of Tragedy/The Case of Wagner, Friedrich Nietzsche
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Aimee Bender
The Death of the Author, Roland Barthes
Why Your Five Year Old Could Not Have Done That: Modern Art Explained, Susie Hodge
Manifesting Minds, A Review of Psychedelics in Science, Medicine, Sex, and Spirituality, Rick Doblin
What is an Author, Michel Foucault
The Flat Rabbit, Barour Oskarsson
Love Thyself, The Message from Water III Maseru Emoto
Hold Still,  Sally Mann
The Turning Point, Fritjof Capra
Fear and Trembling, Repetition, Søren Kirkegaard
The Alchemy of Air, Thomas Hager
Utopia Is Creepy, Nicholas Carr
The Glass Cage, Nicholas Carr
Mathematics and Art, Exploiring the Invisible Art Science Spiritual, Dreams 1900-2000, Madness in America, Lynn Grimwell
Many life many masters, Weiss
The Fung Shui Handbook: How to Create a Healthier Living & Working Environment, Lam Kam Chuen

How to Love, Thich Nhat Hanh

The Disappearance of the Universe, Gary R Reward
The Red Book, Liber Novus by CG Jung

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The Mayan Prophecies, Gilbert & Cotterell
The World Cataclysm, Patrick Geryl
The Photographers Eye, Szarkowski
On Photography, Susan Sontag
Mythologies, Roland Barthes
Camera Lucida, Roland Barthes
Something About Photography Theory, Victor Burgin
Burning With Desire: The Conception of Photography, Geoffrey Batchen
Classic Essays on Photography, Alan Trachtenberg
The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, Walter Benjamin
The Originality of the Avante-Garde and Other Modernist Myths, Rosalind Krauss
Selected Writings, Volume II, Walter Benjamin
Image, Music, Text, Roland Barthes/Stephen Heath
The Context of Meaning, Richard Bolton
Before Photography, Peter Galassi
Photography Against the Grain: Essays and Photo Works 1, Allan Sekula
The Book of Floating, Michael Hutchinson
Sensitive Chaos, Theodore Schwenk

On Beauty, Elaine Scarry

The Body in Pain, Elaine Scarry

The books with the words for the artwork I have been making in recent years. I love these books. I recommend their contents to all who are interested in creating, beauty, knowledge, understanding and justice. Often I encounter a confusion between empathy and sympathy in the world-articles online in particular. Interchangeable these words are not, and yet so casually they are traded one for the other in situations when felt dire need to show up, provide, share, do the right thing about something or for someone. These treacherous holes in the pavement that slowly grow and eventually give way. And so as I read, reread, and consider the contents of these books, I begin to realise a level of exertion necessary in minding my own words. The difference in empathy and sympathy are in what they create.  On the topic of pain, felt pain-emotional and bodily for these sensations, as Scarry articulates with great detail and example, obliterates all that surrounds the pain. Empathetic response to pain would not be to sympathise, but rather to offer enabling tools for the body in pain. Sympathy disables and disarms, furthering the pain, and the well is feasibly endless until there is no more life to give to the pain. What can empathy look like then? We witness it as beauty, and not in the beauty people argue about, but in the beauty recognised without saying, the beauty that does not beg for recognition but stands. The beauty is known when it is felt as the correct action and enabling tool in the situation soaked in pain. The world of people and living creatures knows great pain, and we are well serviced by tending to such works.

on beauty the body in pain

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