Top 10 Books That Changed My Life

  1. 1.
    The Unexpected Universe, by Loren Eiseley
    Commentary on human existence by a paleoanthropologist with an uncommon gift for empathy.
  2. 2.
    Invisible Cities, by Italo Calvino
    Blurs the lines between poetry, prose, past, present, myth, and reality.
  3. 3.
    The Selected Poems of Larry Levis
    The world as seen by a man who could communicate so much, and yet not enough to bear living.
  4. 4.
    The Collected Poetry & Prose of Wallace Stevens
    Perhaps my favorite modern poet.
  5. 5.
    The Tempest, by William Shakespeare
    "We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded by a sleep."
  6. 6.
    The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien
    A book in which an entire universe is created and plays out before our eyes.
  7. 7.
    The Selected Poems of Mary Ruefle
    Permission to be weird, intimate, and unpredictable in the space of poetry.
  8. 8.
    If on a winter's night a traveler, by Italy Calvino
    A text that quite literally forces the reader into the story, and with intriguing results.
  9. 9.
    Teaching a Stone to Talk, by Annie Dillard
    Essays on nature, written with the clarity and prescience of a true disciple.
  10. 10.
    The Art of War, by Sun Tzu
    A text that uses the movement of armies as a visual aid for teaching the reader to understand intangible conflicts in spatial and actionable terms.