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The texts that have made me

Mr. T. MCQUILLIAN "Music Maverick"
 
Brave New World
Brave New World
"Taught me so much about the nature of reality - what it means to hope and dream; how our views of reality are formed. So many intelligent ideas. Very philosophical."
A Clockwork Orange (Penguin Modern Classics)
A Clockwork Orange (Penguin Modern Classics)
"I discovered so much about the nature of choice through this book. What is good without evil? Its final chapter offers such a clear definition of the human condition."
To Kill A Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition
To Kill A Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition
"A hugely entertaining read with tremendous characters regardless - through Atticus Finch, we discover the downright crystal necessity of never judging others without walking in their shoes first."
Crash
Crash
"Showcases some very interesting theories on sexuality, but is also a damning realisation that we are mere machines at the end of the day - as organic and receptive as a steering wheel."
Fight Club
Fight Club
"An amazing use of language and an inspiration to writers - if you haven't seen the movie, PLEASE read the book before like I did - very angry but thought-provoking"
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
"A short book with a warped sense of drama but a completely essential text. Even the most logic-minded and peculiar individuals are capable of love, even if they don't know what that means."
High Fidelity
High Fidelity
"Though hardly a reflection of all men, Rob is indeed a bit of a bastard, but his confessions show how essential relationships are to most men. Very important concepts about marriages are discussed too"
Koyaanisqatsi/ Powaqqatsi [DVD]
Koyaanisqatsi/ Powaqqatsi [DVD]
"A 'pure cinema' film with no traditional narrative and no characters, but a huge amount of drama. A mental and emotional workout; you've never seen the world until you've watched this movie."
Black Celebration [VINYL]
Black Celebration [VINYL]
"Hearing this as a teenager and dissecting the lyrics gave me a very particular view of love as some sort of paradise, which it sort of is... but isn't always what you expect - that I've learned since."
American Beauty [DVD] [2000]
American Beauty [DVD] [2000]
"The film itself isn't perfect, but its message is clear: don't let life's pains get to you because they simply don't matter. Life is beautiful even in its ugliness or its simplicity."
The Shawshank Redemption [DVD] [1995]
The Shawshank Redemption [DVD] [1995]
"Not going to pussyfoot around this one; an example of one of the best constructed films ever made. "Get busy living, or get busy dying". If we can't hope for a better tomorrow, we may as well die."
Discourse on Method and the Meditations (Classics)
Discourse on Method and the Meditations (Classics)
"The doubts I had about death, religion, morality, and reality were completely void when I started reading philosophy books. When you learn that nothing is certain, you might just start enjoying life."
The Beach
The Beach
"Paradise isn't a plateau or a place you can go to. It can't be planned and it isn't physical. Paradise is a moment in your life that lasts forever. Just do it."
Textual Analysis: A Beginner's Guide
Textual Analysis: A Beginner's Guide
"A great study guide to textual analysis research but it's much more than that: it's a friendly explanation of how different peoples can perceive the world, 'the truth' and interpret everyday life"