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Make Your Life a Work of Art

Kindle Customer "flyingoctober"
The list author says: "These are books that I have loved for many years, that I return to regularly, that been foundational works of wisdom and insight that have transformed my perspective on what it means to live, to live well, to be happy."
The Importance Of Living
The Importance Of Living
"This amazing book calls its readers to live life like a 'scamp,' aimless and playful. It also argues that 'Human happiness is physical happiness' and provides wonderful essays on how to lie on your bed and daydream, how to read books, how to sit."
In Praise of Shadows
In Praise of Shadows
"This beautiful small book celebrates darkness and shadows. Take pleasure in dimness."
Thermal Delight in Architecture
Thermal Delight in Architecture
"Sounds technical but it's not. A lovely little hymn to the aesthetics of a campfire, a warm blanket, a slightly chilly walk in the fall."
The Way of Zen
The Way of Zen
"I've underlined most of this book. Be beautiful and purposeless, like a flower in a hidden valley that no one will ever see."
A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction (Center for Environmental Structure)
A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction (Center for Environmental Structure)
"Part of a larger series of books, but worth browsing on its own. Packed full of ideas about wonderful human pleasures from secret hiding places, to sleeping in the park, to they layout of entire regions."
The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest
The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest
"Portraits of communities around the world where people eat well, move well, and live in community. Inter-generational, spiritual, moderate, physically active living. Should be called "What Makes Us Live.""
Zen Training: Methods and Philosophy (Shambhala Classics)
Zen Training: Methods and Philosophy (Shambhala Classics)
"If you want to do Zen sitting, this is the only book you need."
Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals
Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals
"A practical guide on how to treat animals well. Very well-reasoned from an amazing human being."
101 Things I Learned in Architecture School
101 Things I Learned in Architecture School
"Kind of a small coffee table book, but with many simple insights into basic architecture and design principles that will enrich your life."
NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe
NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe
"The absolute best guide to beginning astronomy. No others needed. Make sure to get the latest edition."
The Language of Mathematics: Making the Invisible Visible
The Language of Mathematics: Making the Invisible Visible
"The only book you need to relearn mathematics. Math is beautiful but we never learned that in school. This book gives a taste."
Rediscovering Rikyu and the Beginnings of the Japanese Tea Ceremony
Rediscovering Rikyu and the Beginnings of the Japanese Tea Ceremony
"More scholarly than other books on this list, but really the best book on Japanese tea ceremony, in my opinion. Shows how turning a domestic and intimate activity into an art form could bring enemies together, leaving their weapons at the door."
The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming (New York Review Books Classics)
The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming (New York Review Books Classics)
"The only book here I haven't read. But I keep returning to it and hope to read it soon."
Natural Goodness
Natural Goodness
"More philosophically dense than the above mentioned, but may serve as a starting place for developing a philosophy of good human life."