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    Ok, heres to the art of the Novel (and a well crafted history/biography too of course).
    In this thread I want imput. If there was a class on being a bluelighter, what would you have to read to take it?
    I'll get us started with a big old
    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    Go Ask Alice by someone I can't remember
    Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll
    On the Road by Jack Kerouak
    I'm sure y'all have plenty to add, and I will too later.
     

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    possibley junkie
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    The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
    This is a pretty good account of Ken Kesey's wacky adventures during the sixties, the era that brought drug culture into the spotlight.
    Also One Flew Over the Cukoo's Nest by Ken Kesey is a good anti-establishment book for all you government haters.
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    Gates of Perception Aldous Huxley
    Tao Te Ching Lao Tzu (getting a good translation of this made a world of difference for me)
    There's more... can't think of them though...
     

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    [quote]Originally posted by Looper:
    Gates of Perception Aldous Huxley
    Erm... Dyou mean Doors of Perception?? I was gonna suggest that. Its one of the only books I've read multiple times. Don't forget Heaven and Hell if you haven't read it, it's a kind of follow up.
    [ 01 November 2002: Message edited by: FunkyAlfonzo ]
     

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    No, Gates of Perception! It's... erm... very hard to find... it's about Huxley on pills and talking about gurning and his love for euphoric trance...
    Or not...
     

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    Naseau by Jean-Paul Sartre....for all those with existential yearnings out there........
     

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    "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky
    By no means a difficult read; just thought provoking.
     

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    "The Long, Hard Road Out Of Hell" by Marilyn Manson.
    I'm reading it now, and I'm really diggin it! He puts things in such a neat perspective, makes me think...
     

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    my girlfriend finally got me to read perks.
    i sat down and read it in one evening.
    i wish i would have done so a lot sooner.
     

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    Ecstacy Club by Douglas Rushkoff is a great read, especially for ppl on BL.
     

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    ^^ I was about to recommend Ecstasy Club. Absolutely amazing book...
    and NO, people, its not about a bunch of e-tards, the book is a mind-fawk!
    Peace ~Katie
     

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    fuck 'em if they can't take a joke by me (as yet unpublished).
    don't forget the sequel, mike smith don't fuck around.
    go ask alice is by 'anonymous'.
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    1984 - George Orwell
    EVERYONE should read this book, not just BL'ers.
     

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    Good taste, bdreligrrl.
    some Irvine Welsh should be added to the list, along with the handbook for when drugs go wrong, Requiem for a dream by Hubert Selby Jr.
    I heard a rumour that Go Ask Alice was produced by the gov't as anti-drug propaganda.
     

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    Dharma Bums - Jack Kerouac (beat stuff is amazing)
    Tao Te Ching - basis for Taoism, led me to many a good trip
    Tihkal (just kidding
     

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    I was also going to recomend the 'Ecstacy club', I didnt LOVE it but I imagine most blers would.
    I'm gonna recomend pretty much anything by william S Burroughs especially 'Junky' (of course!) & 'the naked lunch'.
    'The alchemist' by Paulo Coelho , 'Veronika decides to die' by him is great as well, neither are drug books , but simple philosophical ideas.
    umm I have read so many great books i'll add to this list as I remember them.
    Oooh one more - 'Perfume: the story of a murderer)' by Patrik suskind. a fucking great , dark book.
     

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    [quote]Originally posted by Yesterday:
    [b]go ask alice
    HAHA I love that book! I also think that it is mostly made up druggie horror story meant to scare little kids.
    OK here's a few from my all-time favorite list (in no particular order):
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    Vurt - Jeff Noon (of course)
    The Silmarillion - J. R. R. Tolkein
    Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace (took me many months but I finally finished it... and it's fucking amazing)
    The Trial - Franz Kafka
    White Noise - Don Delillo
    Last Exit To Brooklyn - Hubert Selby, Jr. (I think I saw another Selby fan up there )
    The Stranger - Albert Camus
    Tropic Of Cancer - Henry Miller
    The Haunting Of Hill House - Shirley Jackson
    The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
    The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler
    The Chronicles Of Narnia - CS Lewis
    The Illustrated Man (short stories)- Ray Bradbury
    The Perennial Philosophy (nonfiction) - Aldous Huxley (another extremely difficult read, but to quote Hansel: "It changed my whole perspective on shit")
    The Man Who Fell To Earth - Walter Tevis
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    Keep the book suggestions coming, I'm constantly on the lookout for new stuff.
    Yesterday: Thank You for making this thread.
     

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    the perks of being a wallflower - stephen chbosky
    anything by charles bukowsky
    anything by douglas coupland
    catcher in the rye - s.d. sallinger
    fight club - chuck palahniuk
    alice in wonderland - lewis carroll
    naked lunch - william burroughs
    acid house - irvine welsh
    the stranger - albert camus
    1984 - george orwell
    anything by kafka
     

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    I'd like to add...
    Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson,
    The Crow Road, by Iain Banks,
    American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
    Wire.
     

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    Choke - by Chuck Palahniuk
    anything by Kurt Vonnegut
     

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    Anybody else ever read anything by Tom Robbins (Jitterbug Perfume, Skinny Legs and All, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Another Roadside Attraction)
    His style abseloutely blows my mind.
    I've said it before, but Salman Rushdie makes me wet when I read his stuff. The Ground Beneath Her Feet is my favorite, but Midnight's Children is probably his best known.
    Has anyone ever read a book by Salinger which was like a On The Road minus the drugs. A friend was telling me about it and I can't remember what it was called.
    Also, on the topic of Huxley, I completely forgot about Island, which imo is better than Brave New World. Its about a utopian commune island somewhere in the South Pacific.
    Whhooeee, I'm going to turn this shit off and read.
     

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    Well off the top of my desk...
    Survivor - CHuck Palahniuk
    American Psycho - Ellis
    On the Road - Kerouac
    Naked Lunch - Burroughs
    The Art of War - SUn Tzu
    The Beach - Alex Garland
    Ecstasy - Welsh
    Less than Zero - Ellis
    A Clockwork Orange - Burgess
    Requiem for a Dream - Hubert Selby
    Fight Club - Palahniuk
    Watership Down
     

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    -Watership Down is a must
    -anything by Tom Robbins (good call Yesterday)
    -White Noise, by Don Delillo (Curious Yellow - I love that one too!)
    -Red Earth and Pouring Rain, by Vikram Chandra
    -a minimum of three religions texts, such as Tao te Ching, the christian bible, the Quran, etc. (these just happen to be a few of the ones i have on my shelves)
    -Prozac Nation, by Elizabeth Wurtzel (sp?)
    -the chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis
    -The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
    -Dune
    -Ender's Game
    -god america i, by ee cummings (short poem, but more powerful than most books I've ever read)
    -Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand
    -any or all of the unedited diares of Anais Nin
    -Philosophy on Ethics, Michele Foucault
    -the Dark Tower series, by Stephen King
    There are about a hundred more, but these are the first I could think of from my 'main' bookshelves.
     

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    Fast Food Nation You will never want to eat fast food again.
     

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