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25 Alltime favorite Books, fiction and non-fiction, in order of appreciation


  1. Midnight's Children by Salmon Rushdie
  2. Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin
  3. Musashi (A folk Novel of Japan) by Eiji Yoshikawa
  4. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera1 & Milan Kundera2
  5. Native Son by Richard Wright
  6. Meetings With Remarkable Men by G.I. Gurdjieff
  7. The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski
  8. The Child Buyers by Aldous Huxley
  9. The Moor's Last Sigh by Salmon Rusdie
  10. Nasrudin by Idries Shah
  11. The Conference of the Birds by Farid ud-Din Attar
  12. Journey to Ixtlan by Carlos Castenada
  13. Our Life With Mr. Gurdjieff by Thomas and Olga de Hartmann
  14. Babel 17 by Samuel Delaney
  15. The Bhagavad-Gita
  16. The Glass Cage by Colin Wilson
  17. Monkey (A folk Novel of China) by Wu Ch'engen
  18. The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcom X and Alex Haley
  19. The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley
  20. End of a Dream by Philip Wylie
  21. Mythologies by William Butler Yeats
  22. Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
  23. Sidharta by Hermann Hesse
  24. Views from the Real World (Early Talks) by G.I. Gurdjieff
  25. R.L.'s Dream by Walter Mosely
  26. Calahan's Crosstime Saloon by Spider Robinson

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12 Favorite Books from 1990 to the present, in order of appreciation


  1. The Moor's Last Sigh by Salmon Rushdie
  2. R.L.'s Dream by Walter Mosely
  3. Earth by David Brin
  4. Of Water and Spirit by Malidoma Patrice Somé
  5. Race Matters by Cornell West
  6. Laughable Loves by Milan Kundera
  7. The Crest of the Peacock (Non-European Roots of Mathematics) by George Gheverghese Joseph
  8. Challenge of the Heart by John Welwood
  9. Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosely
  10. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  11. Iron John by Robert Bly
  12. Amiri Baraka/Leroi Jones Reader by Amiri Baraka.

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Favorite Poets, in order of appreciation

1. William Blake 2. Pablo Neruda 3. Paul Laurence Dunbar 4. Arthur Rimbaud 5. Alan Ginsberg
6. Margaret Atwood 7. Samuel Taylor Coleridge 8. Nikki Giovanni 9. Federico Garcia-Lorca 10. Amiri Baraka/Leroi Jones
11. Andrei Codrescu 12. Kenneth Patchen 13. Rabindranath Tagore 14. Langston Hughes 15. Maria Rainer Rilke
16. Haki Madhubuti (Don L. Lee) 17. Bei Dao 14. Robert Bly 19. Maya Angelou 20. Derek Walcott
21. Countee Cullen 22. Lucille Clifton 23. Rita Dove 25. Richard Brautigam

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Favorite African-American Writers/Poets, in order of appreciation

1. Paul Laurence Dunbar 2. Samuel Delany 3. Richard Wright 4. Walter Moseley 5. Langston Hughes
6. Nikki Giovanni 7. Amiri Baraka/Leroi Jones 8. James Baldwin 9. Langston Hughes 5. Cornell West
11. Haki Madhubuti 12. Jean Toomer 13. Maya Angelou 14. Henry Louis Gates 15. Alex Haley
16. Alice Walker 17. Derek Walcott 18. Octavia Butler 19. Claud Brown 20. Countee Cullen
21. Lucille Clifton 22. Toni Morrison 24. Rita Dove 25. The Last Poets

Additional Writer Links maybe found in the page The Fat African American Library

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Favorite Visual Artists, in order of appreciation 1. Piet Mondrian 6. Kandinski 11. Frieda Kahlo 2. Johannes Vermeer, in Washington 7. Robert Crumb1&Robert Crumb2 12. Henri Rousseau 3. Heironymous Bosh 8. Samuel Yellin 13. Aubrey Beardsley 4. Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum 9. Georgia O'Keefe 14. Frank Loyd Wright 5. Jacob Lawrence 10. Peter Breugel, the elder 15. Yves Tanguy

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Musicians, - unordered favorites John Coltrane Eric Satie Hendrix Bach Miles Davis Xenakis Robert Johnson Mozart Marian Anderson Zappa Beethovan de Hartmann Stravinski Bob Marley Dr. John Olatunji Keith Jarrett Aretha Franklin Terry Riley Maharvishnu John MacLaughlin


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More Poet Links


  1. Rabindranath Tagore
  2. Jim Nash's's Asylum
  3. Ozlit Poetry Page
  4. Aha! Poetry
  5. The Ultimate Cool Poetry Site
  6. Academy of American Poets
  7. Mark Williams poetry index
  8. Amiri Baraka, Kenneth Patchen Patchen's wife, and Charles Mingus

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More Visual Art Links in progress

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More Writer Links in progress

  1. Women's Rights and Women's Images in Science Fiction

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Gee, should I mention some pieces? Miles Davis' 1959 Kind of Blue. It had Coltrane & Adderley ... (I seen 'em live in 1957 Boston). Unfortunately, Satie had difficulty making the recording session, he was delayed by Piet Mondrian, Aleister Crowley, and The Order of the Golden Dawn , according to Kenneth Patchen, listening to Scott Joplin do Bach. No wonder Robert Johnson, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Robert Johnson, and James Brown all bought the devil's song ('cept for Leroy, I seen 'em live too).

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