Recommended Readings and Book Reviews

*These are the novels, plays, and poems, I would bring with me onto a deserted island. I’ll try to type out my notes and a review for each as time allows. I bring this books up often in my talks and videos.


  • 1984

I’ve read this book nearly three dozen times, I’ll be posting some essays on the text soon. Specifically regarding how the text (unwittingly) is a screed against post-modernism.

  • Blood Meridian

The entrance of the Judge is one of the great entrances of all books. So too his last scene. It’s an exploration of evil, the devil, and violence. The prose is probably the best in the English language since Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.

  • Heart of Darkness
  • Native Son
  • Invisible Man
  • Poems of Gerard Manly Hopkins
  • Rumi’s poems
  • Hafiz’s poems
  • Macbeth
  • Dr. Faustus
  • Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Antigone
  • Animal Farm
  • Dante’s Inferno
  • The Night in Lisbon
  • Clockwork Orange
  • Master and Margarita
  • Gilgamesh
  • The Portrait of Dorian Grey
  • The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Chronicles of Narnia (Book I)

For more books I think are worth reading, check out I plan to eventually write essays  about each of these books.


  • Shake Hand with the Devil
  • Rape of Nanking
  • The Psychopathic God
  • Where War Lives
  • War Junkie
  • Irrational Man