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Saturday, January 22, 2005

The Question - O'Neil's Recommended Reading

A regular feature in THE QUESTION was the Recommended Reading List from writer Dennis O'Neil at the foot of each letter column. Here are the books from each issue. Eventually, after I finish the other stuff I want to write about on the weblog about the series I'll add a few notes about the dozen or so of these that I've read.

There were no Reading List entries for the two QUESTION ANNUALs or for QUESTION QUARTERLY #5.

Most of them are pretty readily available and you should be able to order them or find them in a decent library, but a few are out of print.

The Question #1

"Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by Robert Pirsig
ISBN 0060958324

The Question #2

"Movements of Magic: The Spirit of Tai Chi Chuan" by Bob Klein
ISBN 1892198827

The Question #3

"Golf in the Kingdom" by Michael Murphy
ISBN 0140195491

The Question #4

"Way of the Peaceful Warrior" by Dan Millman
ISBN 0915811898

The Question #5

"Sadie When She Died" series by Ed McBain
ISBN 0446609692

"Eighty-Seventh Precinct" series by Ed McBain
(O'Neil recommended any book in the series, "Sadie When She Died" was singled out by a later letter writer as one that this issue evokes. It's a good one. I also recommend "The Heckler", "Cop Hater" and "King's Ransom". The last few haven't been so good)

The Question #6

"The Uses of Enchantment" by Bruno Bettelheim
ISBN 0679723935

The Question #7

"Steppenwolf" by Herman Hesse
ISBN 0312278675

The Question #8

"Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
ISBN 0553211757

The Question #9

"Seven Bamboo Tablets of the Cloudy Satchel" by Deng Ming Dao
ISBN 0062502271

"The Wandering Taoist" by Deng Ming Dao
ISBN 0062502263

"Tai Chi: The Supreme Ultimate" by Lawrence Galante
ISBN 0877284970

The Question #10

"The Tao of Physics" by Fritjof Capra
ISBN 1570625190

The Question #11

"Zen and the Martial Arts" by Joe Hyams
ISBN 0553275593

The Question #12

"A Scanner Darkly" by Philip K. Dick
ISBN 0679736654

The Question #13

"Outsider in Amsterdam" by Janwillem Van De Wetering
ISBN 1569470170

"Grijpstra & de Gier" detective novels by Janwillem Van De Wetering
(O'Neil recommends any of the books in the series. "Outsider in Amsterdam" is the first)

The Question #14

"Chop Wood, Carry Water: A Guide to Finding Spiritual Fulfillment in Everyday Life" by Rick Fields with Peggy Taylor, Rex Weyler and Rick Ingrasci
ISBN 0874772095

The Question #15

"Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison
ISBN 0679732764

The Question #16

"Zen Without Zen Masters" by Camden Benares
ISBN 1561840734

The Question #17

"The Watchmen" by Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore
ISBN 0930289234

The Question #18

"The Art of War" by Sun Tzu
ISBN 0385299850
(There are several other translations available, I've heard different opionions about which are best / most faithful)

The Question #19

"Jane Brody's Good Food Book" by Jane Brody
ISBN 0393022102

The Question #20

"Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain" by Chungliang Al Huang
ISBN 0890875049
(the title given is actually "Carry Tiger, Return to the Mountain", which I assume is an earlier translation)

The Question #21

"The Motion of Light in Water: Sex and Science Fiction in the East Village, 1958 to 1965" by Samuel R. Delaney
ISBN 0816645248

The Question #22

"Shambala" by Chogyam Trungpa
ISBN 0877732647

The Question #23

"The Curious Case of Sidd Finch" by George Plimpton
ISBN 156858296X

The Question #24

"The Power of Myth" by Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers
ISBN 0385418868

The Question #25

"Tao Te Ching" by Lao Tse (Stephen Mitchell translator)
ISBN 0060812451
(several newer translations are available now, this is the one O'Neil specified)

The Question #26

"The Hero With a Thousand Faces" by Joseph Campbell
ISBN 0691017840

The Question #27

"Zen Driving" by K.T. Berger
ISBN 0345353501

The Question #28

"The Miracle of Mindfulness" by Thich Nhat Hanh
ISBN 0807012394

The Question #29

"The Philosopher's Diet" by Richard Watson
ISBN 1567920845

The Question #30

"Zen to Go" by Jon Winokur
ISBN 0452265312

The Question #31

"The Hero With a Thousand Faces" by Joseph Campbell
ISBN 0691119244
(A duplicate from #26, so here's another edition)

The Question #32

"Gateway to a Vast World" by Deng Ming Dao
ISBN 0062502301

The Question #33

"Palm Sunday" by Kurt Vonnegut
ISBN 0385334265

The Question #34

"Gumshoe: Reflections in a Private Eye" by Josiah Thompson
ISBN 0316841757

The Question #35

"The Tao of Pooh" by Benjamin Hoff
ISBN 0140067477

The Question #36

"Be Your Own Detective" by Greg Fallis and Ruth Greenberg
ISBN 0871318725

The Question Quarterly #1

"The Tao of Peace" by Diane Dreher
ISBN 0452281997
(I think "The Tao of Inner Peace" is the title of the current edition of the same book)

"The Crone" by Barbara Walker
ISBN 0062509349

The Question Quarterly #2

"Iron John" by Robert Bly
ISBN 0679731199

The Question Quarterly #3

"Adventures in the Screen Trade" by William Goldman
ISBN 0446391174

The Question Returns #1

"The Poetry of the Blues" by Samuel Charters
ISBN unknown

"Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain
ISBN 0553210793
(public domain, so there are a lot of editions)

"Walden" by Henry David Thoreau
ISBN 0395720427
(again, public domain, so lots of versions available)

"A Path With a Heart" by Jack Kornfield
ISBN 0553372114

"The Tao of Pooh" by Benjamin Hoff
ISBN 0140067477
(a repeat)

"The Te of Piglet" by Benjamin Hoff
ISBN 0140230165


  1. Anonymous11:20 am

    thanks for this list!

  2. Awesome. Thank you.


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