Lynne Truss • Eats, Shoots and Leaves Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss
Publisher: Gotham
Year: 2004
Pages: 209
Chinua Achebe • Things Fall Apart Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Publisher: Anchor
Year: 1994
Pages: 224
Niccolo Machiavelli • The Prince The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Year: 2003
Pages: 144
Michael Moore • Stupid White Men Stupid White Men by Michael Moore
Publisher: Harper
Year: 2002
Pages: 304
Bill Bryson • The Lost Continent The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Year: 1990
Pages: 320
J.K. Rowling • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Publisher: Scholastic
Year: 2005
Pages: 672
Robert M. Pirsig • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
Publisher: Bantam
Year: 1984
Pages: 400
John Welter • Night of the Avenging Blowfish Night of the Avenging Blowfish by John Welter
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Year: 1994
Pages: 304
Bill Bryson • The Mother Tongue The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Year: 1991
Pages: 272
Lewis Black • Nothing's Sacred Nothing's Sacred by Lewis Black
Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment
Year: 2005
Pages: 224

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9 Comments to “52 Books in 52 Weeks, 2005”

  1. Brady says:

    Did you raid my bookshelf? Because if you haven’t yet, I’ve got the Russel book and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

  2. Ben says:

    Yeah, that’s where I got them from. I’ll also probably read the philosophy of the Matrix book.

  3. sasha says:

    hi, found this site searching something on google, but aynways, ive read a book on the philosophy of the matrix, and if youre talking about the same one, it wasn’t very good. Some good points in teh beginning, but the rest of the book is really repetitive.
    anyways, cool site

  4. […] Following the lead of Heliologue, who is himself following Jason at Negro, Please, I will also make a move to read 52 books in 52 weeks and review them. It will be monstrous but I admit that I will enjoy it. Plus, it will – or at least should – motivate me to keep the site updated frequently with my musings. […]

  5. no need to study the philosophy of the Matrix, it can all be summed up in one concise story:

    Plato’s Parable of the Cave (Also known as the Allegory of the Cave)

    That’s it and that’s all. Though, that paved the way for many future philosophic/psychoanalytic theories—Like Althusser’s Ideolgical States and Ideological State Apparatusses, or Lacan’s “Mirror Stage as a Formative Function of the I”

  6. Ben says:

    If that were true, the series wouldn’t have been as bad as it was. The problem was, they started with Plato’s cave allegory, but then threw in an omnium gatherum of other, unrelated philosophies.

  7. grindbastard says:

    The problem with the philosophy of the Matrix is that not everyone is a raging pothead and therefore won’t find it so mind blowing.

  8. Ben says:

    “Like, what if the world we think we see… [dramatic pause] isn’t there?”

    “Dude, that’s deep.”

  9. david says:

    i always thought the “deeper” philosophy of the matrix were the moral implications of artificial intelligence.

    if you create self-aware, free-will beings such as the computer programs, beings that can see the wrongness/rightness of their actions (think the program at the train station who makes sacrifices for his daughter-program in order to give her a better “life”/existence), then this “artificial” intelligence would have the same moral value as a human being. that’s why the movies had to end with the “copout” resolution of peace. for either side, humans or machines,to wipe out the other would be to commit genocide in a sense. to create artificial intelligence—truly self-aware artificial intelligence—would be to create something on an equal metaphysical plane of existence with ourselves.

    would we be gods? perhaps.

    and if that’s true, kind of gives you a whole new perspective on what happens after death. pull the plug on a “computer program,” and we all know it ceases to be. pull the plug on a human? philosophers and theologians have been guessing at that for… well, forever.

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