10 Books <3

People always ask me, “How many of these books have you read?” when they see my house. I go through stages of doing nothing but reading, can go a year or so without reading, and a bit of in between, but I’m going to make a rough guess and say I’ve read half of the books I own. The good thing is that whenever I get an idea I can run and grab a book about the subject, because I collect books that I know I’d like to read at some point.

I started reading the Politics of Experience yesterday, and got 1/3 through. When 2 people meet, we bring our past experiences into the situation, but neither of us can be in that experience. At best we can relate through our own experiences, etc..

This is a quick little read. If I remember correctly, Webb’s main points are to delve into as many subjects and experiences and points of view as you can, and whatever you think, think the opposite. Those are 2 keys to being creative and finding new ideas.

Macluhan was born in Edmonton, taught in Windsor for a few years, and went on to be a major media guru of the 60’s. I bought this book when I was 19 and it’s had a big influence on me. I LOVE this book. I gave Adrienne a first edition copy of it when we first met.

I need to re-read this. Joe Carducci helped run SST Records in the 80’s and this is the kind of rock criticism I was obsessed with 10 years ago. The subtitle for the book is “A Testament for the New Electric Church” so I guess it’s no surprise why it speaks to me.

Edward Bernays is the father of Public Relations and the media stunt. This book was originally published in 1928, and the guy died in 1995. He was 103 years old!!

Alen Abel is the father of the media hoax from the 60’s. As opposed to Bernays who tried to create new realities in people’s minds as a means of advertising for corporations, Abel was just trying to fuck with people’s heads and make them question what they were seeing. His first major campaign was SINA a campaign against the indecency of animals being naked.

Desmond Morris was a zoo-ologist who got rich writing books about human behaviour and instincts.

I’ve only read 1/3 of the Warhol Diaries, but I’ve read the Philosophy of Andy Warhol and the Pop Sixties. Warhol worked in advertising until his early 30’s, then went into the art world. I used to get really pissed off in art school that my professors would say stuff about Warhol and didn’t know what the fuck they were talking about. “Have you read ANY of his books?” I thought Cronenberg’s commentary of his work at the AGO a couple of years ago was complete horseshit. (Which surprised me, I would’ve thought being such a media mind-fuck guy Cronenberg would have something better to say than talking about the color of Warhols paintings).

I’ve never read Naked Lunch, but the Dreamachzine, the cut-up method, and Burroughs writing about thought viruses and other ideas about creativity still excites me.

I love Jon Waters, and every movie he’s made.

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