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Utne Reader, The Loose Canon: 150 Great Works to Set Your Imagination on Fire [1998]

  1. Zohar_1

  2. ca. Second-Thirteenth centuries—Aramaic

  3. Lǎozǐ (Lao-tzu) (Laocius)

  4. Dàodéjǐng_11
    Tao te Ching
    ca. Sixth Century B C—Chinese

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  5. Zhuāngzī (Zhuāng Zhōu) (Chuang-tzu)

  6. Zhuāngzī_5
    Nánhuá Zhēnjīng
    ca. Third Century B C—Chinese

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  7. Thucydides

  8. History of the Peloponnesian War_23
    early Fifth Century B C—Greek
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  9. Hesiod

  10. Erga kai Hēmerai_5
    Works and Days
    ca. Eighth-Seventh centuries B C—Greek

    *Downs* *Magill* *Bloom* *Utne* *Newman*

  11. Vyasa

  12. Mahabharata_13
    includes Bhagavad Gita; ca. Ninth Century B C-Fourth Century—Sanskrit
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  13. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

  14. I Am That_1
    1973; revised 1981—Marathi

  15. Marcus Aurelius

  16. Ta Eis Heauton_17
    written 161-80—Greek

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  17. Apuleius

  18. Metamorphoseon_6
    Asinus Aureus; The Golden Ass
    Second Century—Latin

    *Rexroth* *Ward* *Bloom* *Utne* *Great* *Newman*

  19. Hildegarde of Bingen

  20. Scivias_1
    ca. 1151-52—Latin

  21. Elaine Pagels

  22. The Gnostic Gospels_1

  23. Rumi

  24. Diwan-e Shams-e Tabrizi_1
    written ca. 1250—Persian

  25. Margaret Smith

  26. Rabi'a the Mystic and Her Fellow-Saints in Islam. Being the Life and Teachings of Rabi'a al-'Adawiyya al-Qaysiyya of Basra, Sufi Saint, ca. A H 99-185, A D 717-801_1

  27. François Rabelais

  28. La Vie de Gargantua et de Pantagruel_22
    originally published in five volumes: Les Horribles et Épouvantables Faits et Prouesses du Très Renommé Pantagruel Roi des Dipsodes, Fils du Grand Géant Gargantua, 1532; La Vie Très Horrifique du Grand Gargantua, Père de Pantagruel, 1534; Le Tiers Livre des Faicts et Dicts Héroïques du Bon Pantagruel, 1546; Le Quart Livre des Faicts et Dicts Héroïques du Bon Pantagruel, 1552; Le Cinquiesme et Dernier Livre des Faicts et Dicts Héroïques du Bon Pantagruel, 1564; Mallison ("Smart") specifies Thomas Urquhart and Peter Motteux's English translation—French
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  29. Wú Chéng-ēn (Ruzhong)

  30. Xi Yóu Jì_6
    Journey to the West; Monkey
    late Sixteenth Century—Chinese

    *Ward* *Oriental* *Fadiman* *Utne* *Great* *Graphic*

  31. William Shakespeare
    written ca. 1605-08—English
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    Kurosawa Akira
    The Seven Samurai
    film; 1954—Japanese

    Johann Sebastian Bach
    Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello
    composed ca. 1717-23

    Arvo Pärt
    Te Deum

    • Samuel Johnson

    Essays from the Rambler and the Idler_4
    unspecified essays originally published in the Rambler, 1750-2; the Idler, 1758-60; Cowan and Guinness ("Trinity") and the Utne Reader also specify essays from the Adventurer, 1753-4—English
    *Trinity* *Utne* *Dirda* *Newman*

    • Freya Stark

  32. Journey's Echo: Selected From Freya Stark_1

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Don Giovanni
    libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte; originaly performed 1787

    Alban Berg
    based in part on Georg Büchner's play, Woyzeck; libretto by Berg; composed 1914-1922; originally performed 1925

  33. William Blake
    The Book of Urizen_5
    originally entitled The First Book of Urizen, published 1794—English
    *Rexroth* *Ward* *Bloom* *Utne* *Newman*

    • Allen Ginsberg_1

  34. Illuminated Poems
    1996; poems previously published plus two new poems; illustrations by Eric Drooker—English

  35. Jane Austen

  36. Persuasion_6
    originally anonymously published 1817—English
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  37. Murasaki Shikibu

  38. Genji Monogatari_12
    The Tale of Genji
    ca. early Eleventh Century; Mallison ("Smart") specifies Royall Tyler's English translation—Japanese

    *Rexroth* *Ward* *Oriental* *Magill* *Fadiman* *Utne* *Norway* *Great* *GlobeMail* *Smart* *World* *Graphic*

    Ludwig Van Beethoven
    Symphony No. 9 in D Minor
    composed 1822-4

    Gustav Mahler
    Symphony No. 4
    composed 1899-1900

  39. Henry David Thoreau

  40. Walden; or, Life in the Woods_20
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  41. Mary Oliver
    New and Selected Poems_1
    1992; selections from No Voyage, and Other Poems, 1963, expanded 1965; The River Styx, Ohio, and Other Poems, 1972; The Night Traveler, 1978; Twelve Moons, 1979; American Primitive, 1983; Dream Work, 1986; House of Light, 1990; plus a section entitled New Poems (1991-1992)—English

    • Walt Whitman

    'Song of Myself'_1
    part of Leaves of Grass; complete work originally published 1855; expanded and revised through ninth edition, 1892—English

    • Muriel Rukeyser

  42. A Muriel Rukeyser Reader_1
    1994; edited by Jan Heller Levi—English

  43. Leo Tolstoy

  44. Anna Karenina_20
    published in part serially 1873-7 in Rússkij Véstnik; in its entirety, 1877; Mallison ("Smart") specifies Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky's English translation—Russian
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  45. Alexander Herzen
    Byloe i Dumy_2
    My Past and Thoughts
    published in part serially 1855-9, 1861-2, and 1869 in Poliarnaia Zvezda (Pole Star); and 1857-67 in Kolokol—Russian

    *Bloom* *Utne*

    • Mohandas Gandhi

  46. The Gandhi Reader: A Source Book of His Life and Writings_1
    1956; edited by Homer A Jack

  47. Paulo Freire and Myles Horton
    We Make the Road by Walking: Conversations on Education and Social Change_1

    • The Encyclopædia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and General Information_1

  48. eleventh edition; published in 29 volumes, 1910-1—English

  49. Bill Bryson

  50. Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United States_1

  51. Marcel Proust

  52. À la Recherche du Temps Perdu_17
    In Search of Lost Time; In Remembrance of Things Past
    originally published in seven volumes, two of which originally published as two books each, 1913-27—French

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  53. E M Forster

  54. Howards End_4
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  55. Rainer Maria Rilke
    Duineser Elegien_5
    The Duino Elegies

    *Ward* *Magill* *Bloom* *Fadiman* *Utne*

    • Dù Fǔ (Tu Fu)

  56. Poems_3
    Eighth Century—Chinese
    *Rexroth* *Ward* *Utne*

  57. Antonio Gramsci
    Quaderni del Carcere_1
    Prison Notebooks
    written 1929-35—Italian


    • Subcomandante Marcos

  58. Shadows of Tender Fury: The Letters and Communiqués of Subcomandante Marcos and the Zapatista Army of National Liberation_1

    Leo McCarey
    Duck Soup
    starring Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo Marx; film; 1933

    Stanley Kubrick
    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
    film; 1964

    Robert Johnson
    The Complete Recordings
    music album; 1990; recorded 1936-7

    Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
    'The Message'
    music composition; 1982

  59. Pablo Neruda

  60. Canto General_3
    1950; English translation of 'Alturas de Machu Picchu', the second canto, published 1948 in the Tiger's Eye and 1950 in Let the Rail Splitter Awake and Other Poems—Spanish
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  61. Clarice Lispector

  62. A Hora da Estrela_1

    Duke Ellington
    'In a Mellotone'
    'In a Mellow Tone'
    music composition; lyric by Milt Gabler; based in part on 'Rose Room' by Art Hickman; 1939

    John Coltrane
    A Love Supreme
    music album; 1965

    Billie Holiday
    Lady in Autumn: The Best of the Verve Years
    music album; 1991

    Amalia Rodrigues
    Monitor Presents Portugal's Great Amalia Rodrigues
    music album; recorded 1956

    Hank Williams
    40 Greatest Hits
    music album; 1978

    Johnny Cash
    The Sun Years
    music album; 1990

  63. James Agee

  64. Let Us Now Praise Famous Men_6
    1941; photography by Walker Evans—English
    *Bloom* *Recommended* *Utne* *Dirda* *Smart* *Deposit*

  65. John Berger
    Pig Earth_1

    Orson Welles
    Citizen Kane
    film; 1941

    Robert Altman
    film; 1975

    • Gore Vidal

  66. United States: Essays 1952-1992_1
    essays previously published—English

  67. Howard Zinn

  68. A People's History of the United States, 1492-Present_2
    1980; expanded and revised through fifth edition, 2005—English
    *Utne* *Harvard*

    Howlin' Wolf
    His Best
    music album; 1997

    Los Lobos
    Just Another Band From East L A
    music album; 1993

  69. Simone Beauvoir

  70. Le Deuxième Sexe_7
    The Second Sex
    published in part serially in Les Temps Modernes; in its entirety in two volumes, 1949—French

    *Good* *Bloom* *Fadiman* *SeymourSmith* *Utne* *Great* *Taylor*

  71. Mary Daly

  72. Gyn/Ecology: The Metaethics of Radical Feminism_1

  73. Ralph Ellison

  74. Invisible Man_12
    *Good* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Utne* *Campbell* *Norway* *Great* *Zane* *Smart* *Harvard* *Educated*

    Nathaniel Mackey
  75. Bedouin Hornbook_1

  76. 1986—English

  77. Djbot Baghostus's Run_1

    • James Baldwin

  78. Collected Essays_1
    1998; includes Notes of a Native Son, 1955 [originally published 1949-53 in varied periodicals: Zero, Partisan Review, Commentary, the New Leader, Harper's, and the Reporter]; Nobody Knows My Name: More Notes of a Native Son, 1961 [originally published 1956-61 in varied periodicals: the New York Times, Encounter, Esquire, Harper's, Partisan Review, and the New Leader; plus two edited 1960 lectures; and part of an essay previously unpublished]; The Fire Next Time [1963]; No Name in the Street [1972]; The Devil Finds Work [1976]; plus a section entitled Other Essays: 36 essays previously published, 11 of which previously uncollected in book form (and including Baldwin's portion of the collaborative book with photographer Richard Avedon, entitled Nothing Personal, 1974)—English

  79. The Fire Next Time_4

  80. originally published Dec. 1962 as 'Letter From a Region in My Mind', in the Progressive; and Nov. 1963 as 'Down at the Cross', in the New Yorker—English
    *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Utne*

  81. No Name in the Street_2

  82. 1972—English
    *Bloom* *Utne*

  83. The Devil Finds Work_2

  84. 1976—English
    *Bloom* *Utne*

  85. Cornel West

  86. Race Matters_1

    Satyajit Ray
    The Apu Trilogy
    three films: Pather Panchali, 1955; Aparajito, 1956; Apur Sansar, 1959

    Abbas Kiarostami
    Where Is My Friend's Home?
    film; 1995

    Naguib Mahfouz
  87. Bein el-Qasrein_2

  88. Palace Walk

    *Utne* *Smart*

  89. Qasr el-Shoaq_2

  90. Palace of Desire

    *Utne* *Smart*

  91. El-Sukkareyya_2

  92. Sugar Street

    *Utne* *Smart*

    Pramoedya Ananta Toer
  93. Bumi Manusia_2

  94. This Earth of Mankind

    *Fadiman* *Utne*

  95. Anak Semua Bangsa_2

  96. Child of All Nations

    *Fadiman* *Utne*

  97. Jejak Langkah_2

  98. Footsteps

    *Fadiman* *Utne*

  99. Rumah Kaca_2

  100. House of Glass

    *Fadiman* *Utne*

    Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald
    The Complete Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong on Verve
    music album; 1997

    Louis Armstrong
    Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man 1923-1934
    music album; 1994

  101. Chinua Achebe

  102. Things Fall Apart_9
    *Ward* *Bloom* *Fadiman* *Utne* *Norway* *Great* *Zane* *Smart* *Taylor*

  103. Edward Said

  104. Culture and Imperialism_1

  105. Jane Jacobs

  106. The Death and Life of Great American Cities_2
    *Utne* *Great*

  107. Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikama, Murray Silverstein, Max Jacobson, Ingrid Fiksdahl-King, and Shlomo Angel

  108. A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction_1

    Francois Truffaut
    Jules et Jim
    film; 1961

    Jean-Luc Godard
    2 ou 3 Choses que Je Sais d'Elle (Two or Three Things I Know About Her)
    film; 1967

  109. Rachel Carson

  110. Silent Spring_8
    originally published Jun. 1962 in the New Yorker—English
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  111. Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan

  112. What Is Life?_1

    Thelonious Monk
    Monk's Dream
    music album; 1962

    Miles Davis
    Kind of Blue
    music album; 1959

  113. Thomas S Kuhn

  114. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions_5
    1962; expanded 1970—English
    *Fadiman* *Kanigel* *SeymourSmith* *Utne* *Great*

  115. James Gleick

  116. Chaos: Making a New Science_1
    *Utne* *Educated*

  117. Kenneth Rexroth
    An Autobiographical Novel_1

    • Harvey Pekar

  118. New American Splendor Anthology_1

    Bob Dylan
    Highway 61 Revisited
    music album; 1965

    Iris Dement
    The Way I Should
    music album; 1996

  119. Gabriel García Márquez

  120. Cien Anõs de Soledad_18
    One Hundred Years of Solitude
    1967; Mallison ("Smart") specifies Gregory Rabassa's English translation—Spanish

    *Ward* *Van Doren* *Good* *Bloom* *Fadiman* *Trinity* *Utne* *Norway* *Great* *Guardian* *Zane* *GlobeMail* *Smart* *Telegraph* *Harvard* *Graphic* *Deposit* *Educated*

  121. Tony Kushner

  122. Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes_2
    originally presented in two parts: Millennium Approaches, 1990; and Perestroika, 1992—English
    *Bloom* *Utne*

    Aretha Franklin
    Queen of Soul: The Very Best of Aretha Franklin
    music album; 1994

    Marion Williams
    Surely God Is Able
    music album; 1989

  123. Michael Murphy

  124. Golf in the Kingdom_1

    Steve James, Fred Marx, and Peter Gilbert
    Hoop Dreams
    film; 1994

  125. E F Schumacher

  126. Small Is Beautiful: A Study of Economics As If People Mattered_1

  127. Ivan Illich

  128. Tools for Conviviality_1

  129. Ursula K Le Guin

  130. The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia_1

  131. Starhawk

  132. The Fifth Sacred Thing_1

    Federico Fellini
    film; 1974

    Edgar Reitz
    film series; 1984

    Bob Marley
    Songs of Freedom
    music album; 1992

    I K Dairo and His Bluespots
    Juju Master
    1990; recorded 1960's; music album

  133. Leslie Marmon Silko

  134. Ceremony_1

  135. John G Neihardt

  136. Black Elk Speaks_2
    *Utne* *Graphic*

  137. Anaïs Nin

  138. Delta of Venus_1

  139. Margot Anand

  140. The Art of Sexual Ecstasy_1

    The Clash
    London Calling
    music album; 1979

    The Pogues
    If I Should Fall From Grace With God
    music album; 1988

  141. Dario Fo

  142. Morte Accidentale di un Anarchico_1

  143. Caryl Churchill
    Cloud Nine_1

    • Pier Paolo Pasolini

  144. Poems_2
    *Bloom* *Utne*

  145. Miyazawa Kenji

  146. Haru to Shura_1
    Spring and Asura


  147. Riane Eisler

  148. The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future_1

  149. Susan Griffin

  150. Woman and Nature: The Roaring Inside Her_1

  151. Toni Morrison

  152. Beloved_9
    *Recommended* *Trinity* *Utne* *Norway* *Great* *Telegraph* *Zane* *Harvard* *Deposit*

  153. Zora Neale Hurston

  154. Dust Tracks on a Road_1

  155. August Wilson

  156. Joe Turner's Come and Gone_2
    *Bloom* *Utne*

  157. Anna Deavere Smith

  158. Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992_1

  159. Jamaica Kincaid

  160. A Small Place_1

  161. Gloria Anzaldua

  162. Borderlands/ La Frontera: The New Mestiza_1
    1987—English; Spanish

  163. Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman

  164. Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media_1

    Rick Goldsmith
    Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press
    film; 1996

  165. Charlotte Joko Beck

  166. Everyday Zen: Love and Work_1

  167. Sogyal Rinpoche

  168. The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying_1

    Matt Groening et al.
    The Simpsons
    Television program; 1989-present

    Ernie Kovacs
    Unspecified selections of several television programs

  169. Viana La Place

  170. Verdura: Vegetables Italian Style_1

  171. Erich Schiffmann

  172. Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness_1

  173. Julia Cameron

  174. The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity_1

  175. Brenda Ueland

  176. If You Want to Write: A Book About Art, Independence and Spirit_1

  177. Dorothy Allison

  178. Bastard Out of Carolina_1

  179. Sharon Olds

  180. The Dead and the Living_1

  181. James Hillman and Michael Ventura

  182. We've Had a Hundred Years of Psychotherapy - And the World's Getting Worse_1

  183. Alice Miller

  184. Das Drama des Begabten Kindes_1
    The Drama of the Gifted Child


  185. Rupert Sheldrake

  186. Seven Experiments That Could Change the World: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Revolutionary Science_1

    Wim Wenders
    Der Himmel Über Berlin
    Wings of Desire
    film; 1987

    Cesária Évora
    music album; 1995

    Umm Kulthum
    song; 1966

  187. David Abram

  188. The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World_1

  189. Fritjof Capra

  190. The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems_1

  191. Paul Hawken

  192. The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability_1