New reading material for 2016

Figured I’d list on here some of the books I’ve ordered and plan to read over the coming weeks and months. It’s an eclectic mix, like usual.

The one I’m most excited to finally delve into is Sheldon S. Wolin’s Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism. Had that one in my wishlist for several years now and then noticed recently it’s available in audio format on Audible. Audiobooks are more my speed at the present time. So, looking forward to that one and its explanation of how economics and politics have fused within the American system and how this has created a new form of totalitarianism unlike what was witnessed in Europe and Asia around the time of the World Wars, albeit capable of being very destructive and controlling in its own right. Those who know me know I speak a lot on the encroaching threat of totalitarianism in the U.S., and with any luck this book will aid me in further fleshing out what I’m trying to make sense of so that I am better able to articulate these concerns in speech and writing.

Since I’ve been really digging the works of Dr. James Hollis, I ordered another of his audiobooks titled The Middle Passage: From Misery to Meaning in Midlife. Read very positive reviews on it. Been listening to his Through the Dark Wood and Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life each a couple of times now with plans to continue re-listening as time goes on. Because this is an important subject for this phase in my life and he’s the only author/psychologist I’ve found thus far who’s resonated with me in illuminating this fork in the road.

Another I ordered from Audible is Erich Fromm’s Greatness and Limitations of Freud’s Thought. Am an avid fan of the writings of Erich Fromm, having now read approximately 11 books by him over the years. Though I’m already familiar with his critiques of Freud, I figured this would still prove to be a worthwhile listening experience while out and about during the day.

The print books I ordered recently and have yet to pick up since they were delivered to my former companion’s house (can’t have books or anything else delivered to my apartment seeing as how my neighbors like to steal packages) include Ego and Archetype by Edward Edinger. Read good reviews on that one while searching for more Jungian authors to explore ideas with. Another is The Gnostic Jung and the Seven Sermons to the Dead by Stephan A Hoeller. For kicks, I also decided to try Nathaniel Branden’s How to Raise Your Self-Esteem: The Proven Action-Oriented Approach to Greater Self-Respect and Self-Confidence. Heard mixed stuff on that guy, but ah well. And then, the wild card of the bunch: The Satanic Witch by Anton LaVey. Yep, that one promises to be an oddball, never having read anything from that man or any other self-proclaimed satanist. That book just came across my radar by chance when someone on youtube complained that we Western women are basically being lulled into following exactly down that particular path in terms of our behaviors and attitudes, so I wanted to read it for myself to see what that guy was going on about.

So, these should keep me busy for a little while. Oh, and one other book I borrowed off someone recently is I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me by Jerold J. Kreisman and Hal Strauss. It’s about the so-called Borderline Personality Disorder. Just curious to read what was written about it in 1991, skeptical as I can’t help but be when it comes to psychiatric jargon and claims.

Then this morning while typing this I noticed Audible gave me a free copy of Charles Dickens’ The Chimes. So there’s that one now too to eventually get to.

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