Participatory Spirituality for the 21st Century
What books or essays are you reading right now? What are you studying or exploring? A reading list is a good way to get a glimpse into our collective interests (and also to get some leads on great new books!), so I'd love to hear what IPS members are reading -- and I hope non-regular posters will feel inspired to respond as well.
At present, because I'm doing some research, I'm reading a number of books simultaneously:
Onto-ethologies: The Animal Environments of Uexkull, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, and Deleuze, Brett Buchanan
Neither Sun Nor Death, Peter Sloterdijk (This one just arrived in the mail yesterday and I've only just started it... I was interested to see Wilber and Krishnamurti both mentioned in the index).
The Art of Philosophy, Peter Sloterdijk
SQ21, Cindy Wigglesworth
Evolution's Purpose, Steve McIntosh
The Democracy of Objects, Levi Bryant
The Prince of Networks, Graham Harman
The Coming Interspiritual Age, Dr. Kurt Johnson
In Streams of Wisdom, Dustin DiPerna
And a new one I'll be getting soon (by recommendation):
Growing in Love and Wisdom: Tibetan Buddhist Sources for Christian Meditation, Susan J. Stabile
That book by Stabile sounds interesting, Bruce -- I'm gonna check that one out. Johnson's too. And DiPerna's, Wigglesworth's . . .
I have a tendency to read several books simultaneously -- not sure why -- in some ways it's like having several different dishes and courses to savor at a big, long meal. This tendency is reinforced my work (editing and writing anthologies & books for middle & high school), which has me constantly perusing various magazines, newspapers, & journals. Feels like it takes forever to finish a book because of how many I'm reading at once. And (usually) I like to take my time when I'm reading a book .... leading to the situation of re-starting some of the books because it's been so long since I first opened them! Anyway, here's my list:
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon (just finished)
The Dark Night of the Soul, Gerald May (reading & discussing this with my centering prayer group)
Embracing the World: Praying for Justice and Peace, Jane E. Vennard (reading & discussing this with another prayer group)
Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer's Life, Kathleen Norris
The Path of Centering Prayer, David Frenette
Meditations on the Tarot: A Journey into Christian Hermeticism, Anonymous
The Reality of Being: The Fourth Way of Gurdjieff, Jeanne de Salzmann
Brain Wars: The Scientific Battle Over the Existence of the Mind and the Proof That Will Change the Way We Live Our Lives, Mario Beauregard
Thanks for your list, Mary! I have similar issues with my two-timing, or multi-timing, reading habits (taking a long time to finish any one book), and it looks like your list has several titles that I'd be interested in exploring, as well (just as I'd hoped!).
As noted, reading The Third Industrial Revolution. Just finished End This Depression Now by Krugman. And The Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck. Often re-reading sections of The Democracy of Objects and The Speculative Turn. Got to go for now.
Most importantly, re-reading various posts and threads in this highly informative forum. And continually generating them.
Ahh -- I must read The Grapes of Wrath. I love the 1940 movie version with Henry Fonda.
Forgot one on my list: Zen Catholicism, by Dom Aelred Graham.