Crowley, AleisterThe Book of Thoth

Crowley is one of those fascinating characters-reviled by some, worshipped by others. Whatever his character flaws, he sure knew his stuff-Thoth is a description of Tarot, and extraordinarily complex Kabbalah, mythology, and the kitchen sink of spiritual relationships. A must if you’re into Tarot.

DeMarco, Tom and Lister, TimothyPeopleware

Another software book-but it also is great for those who have anything to do with people at work. DeMarco & Lister are giants in the systems development field, and this book is one of the reasons why. It’s practical, funny, and useful-lots of tips, traps and examples. It’s about what they’ve learned about managing people-specifically in programming, but it can be generalized to anyone.

Dhammapada

More source material-this time from Buddhism. This is the original Buddhist text. What to do to eliminate the source of suffering in our lives is the crux of Buddhism-all the rest is commentary and embellishment. These aphorisms give a framework for the process of eliminating suffering.

Fricke, Ron-Baraka and Samsara

This film is stunning-images and music-no narrative, story or characters-just images and music. It’s a relative of the Reggio material-Fricke was the cinematographer-but expands the language. I think it’s much deeper and less strident. Some of the images are staggering. Watch it in the theater if you can-it’s not played very often. There’s a sequel: Samsara.

Fuller, R. BuckminsterSynergetics, Synergetics II

Fuller is one of the most original thinkers of the 20th century-he invented geodesic domes and the word synergy. This book is thick, complex and difficult, but valuable to understand, as Fuller builds systems and geometry from first principles. It took me a whole summer to read…and I haven’t even touched the sequel yet.

Gabriel, PeterPassion, Passion Sources, IV

Gabriel has a storied career-he was with Genesis, left, got popular, and now champions world music and human rights causes. He’s a cool guy. I like his soundtracks more than I do his pop stuff. Passion is the soundtrack to the film The Last Temptation of Christ. It’s amazing, deep, rhythmic, spiritual. I used one track to fly my ballet kite routine to… IV is more of a pop album, but has some great tracks on it-his storytelling is fantastic…as is the music. Birdy and Rabbit-proof Fence are good too.

Glass, PhilipEinstein on the Beach, Powwaqatsi

If you like repetition, get Einstein on the Beach. It’s a 4 CD long opera…very much an acquired taste. I watched the opera online in ’15. Powwaqatsi is a soundtrack and much, much better-I think it’s his best work. FYI, Glass is a modern composer-he works by combining repetition and arpeggios that slowly mutate and change over a piece. It’s trancelike…

Grateful DeadAnthem of the Sun

This is early Dead-strange & spacey-there’s not a lot of “songs” on it-just long strange jams. Great for getting away from it all into another space. That’s what I use it for…

Gyuto MonksFreedom Chants

This is from the Tibetan monks of the Gyuto monastery. These chants are part of a religious ceremony. It’s NOT music, but worship. Use it to meditate to-you’ll go somewhere else (I did when I saw them, a wonderful experience-they’re really friendly people too). Kudos to Mickey Hart for this!