Tell me what you love… (Part Two: Nonfiction)

(You can read part one here.)

The real world is a fascinating place, and a good work of nonfiction can draw me in as much as any novel – if it’s beautifully written and true to the human spirit, that is.

(I have decided to include autobiographies here, though some would argue that they belong with fiction, or in their own category. But I don’t really care, so there.)

So here are ten nonfiction works that have deeply influenced me:

  1. Cosmos, by Carl Sagan
  2. Moab is my Washpot, by Stephen Fry
  3. The Autobiography of Malcolm X, by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
  4. Heretics and Orthodoxy, by G. K. Chesterton
  5. On Fairy-Stories, by J. R. R. Tolkien
  6. Why Socialism?, by Albert Einstein
  7. Malcolm & Martin & America: A Dream or a Nightmare?, by James H. Cone
  8. The Stranger from Paradise: A Biography of William Blake, by G. E. Bentley, Jr.
  9. On Writing, by Stephen King
  10. The Elements of Style, by William Strunk and E. B. White

Each and every one of those I heartily recommend. Some of them might change your life.

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2 Comments

  1. Evil Roda

     /  October 21, 2009

    Einstein wrote a political book? And it’s about socialism?!? He was a socialist?!?
    Never knew that…
    On that note, you ARE doing movies next, right? Or am I just an ignorant, fat prick with no life? Or perhaps both?

  2. Why Socialism? is an essay, not a book (as is On Fairy-Stories) – but yes, he was a socialist. And every time I mention this essay or Martin Luther King, a certain annoying libertarian fanatic who reads this website gets pissed off. So I am extra fond of these two.

    I will try to do one about movies, but it will be very difficult.