Things To Read

Xenofact is happy to recommend various publications, pamphlets, and blogs that you should read.

Must Read

These are in the “well I think they’re awesome” order. Note some of these works have flaws, but they are outweighed by value. These are worth your time and money.

  • The Secret of The Golden Flower (Thomas Cleary) – A definitive translation of a classic Taoist meditation manual, with commentary. If you’re not familiar with Taoist thought you may need to read the commentary, but with a little knowledge it’s invaluable.
  • Taoist Meditation (Thomas Cleary) – A collection of smaller Taoist works that pairs very well with The Secret of The Golden Flower. Though some of the guides conflict in advice, together they provide excellent advice on life and meditation.
  • The Small Things Manifesto (Andrew Roach) – A manifesto on the need for technology and media to be small-up, scalable, and community oriented. Worth rereading multiple times.
  • The Society of the Spectacle (Guy Debord) – A scathing incitement of capitalism, media, and the endless need for empty spectacle in culture that will brutally pry open your mind. Debord was a communist/anrcho-commuist, but directs his criticism at communism in practice as well. He takes on all comers, and even the extended rant in the middle (where he goes after communism in practice) is useful, if a bit of a slog.
  • The Book of the SubGenius (“Bob” Dobbs) – Is it a parody? A religion? A work of art? All three? A 20th-21st century masterpiece that helps blow the locks off of your mind. Some of it hasn’t aged well since the 80s, but a surprising amount has stayed relevant or become more relevant.

Taoism

Taoist philosophical, health and meditative practices are fascinating, and between reformist movements over the centuries, lone authors, and translators like Thomas Clearly, there’s a lot out there to learn from. It’s influenced me a lot, and I’ll be sharing my highly opinionated views on it here.

  • Taoist Yoga (Charles Luk, translating) – This is a translation of an 19th century manual of energetic Taoist yoga. Some of it is clear/detailed and sober advice, some of it is strangely over-detailed and over-complicated. Worth reading if you have an interest in the Microcosmic/Macrocosmic orbits, but you’ll need knowledge from other works to make sense of it all. Also historically interesting from a time where energetics took more prominence. (WARNING: Not for beginners, some of the practices are questionable and conflict with other sources, and might be harmful.).

More To Come

  • Taoism
  • Magic and Mysticism
  • Philosophy