The Question: Dennis O'Neil's Recommended Reading List (Part 1 of 2)

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The list author says: "A complete list of Dennis O'Neil's 'Recommended Reading' suggestions from the letters pages of his late 1980s/early 1990s DC Comics series, The Question. For the curious: The Question (created in 1967 by comics legend Steve Ditko) is a sort of introspective Zen-Meets-Batman vigilante. The series was quite thought-provoking and definitely ahead of its time; O'Neil's run included 36 regular issues, two annuals, five 'Question Quarterly' issues that succeeded the series proper, and a 'Question Returns' one-shot in 1997.

This list is part 1 of 2, and covers everything recommended during the first 36 issues. The list continues in part 2, where I also include links to the aforementioned trade paperbacks."
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values
1.  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values by Robert M. Pirsig
The list author says:
  "Recommended in The Question #1 (Feb. 1987)."
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Movements of Magic: The Spirit of Tai-chi-Chuan
2.  Movements of Magic: The Spirit of Tai-chi-Chuan by Bob Klein
The list author says:
  "Recommended in The Question #2 (March 1987)."
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Golf in the Kingdom
3.  Golf in the Kingdom by Micheal J. Murphy
The list author says:
  "Recommended in The Question #3 (April 1987)."
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Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives
4.  Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives by Dan Millman
The list author says:
  "Recommended in The Question #4 (May 1987)."
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Fiddlers: A Novel of the 87th Precinct (87th Precinct Mysteries)
5.  Fiddlers: A Novel of the 87th Precinct (87th Precinct Mysteries) by Ed McBain
The list author says:
  "Recommended in The Question #5 (June 1987). O'Neil recommends any and all of Ed McBain's 87th Precinct novels; this is just one example."
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The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales
6.  The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales by Bruno Bettelheim
The list author says:
  "Recommended in The Question #6 (July 1987)."
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Steppenwolf: A Novel
7.  Steppenwolf: A Novel by Hermann Hesse
The list author says:
  "Recommended in The Question #7 (Aug. 1987)."
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Crime and Punishment: Pevear & Volokhonsky Translation (Vintage Classics)
8.  Crime and Punishment: Pevear & Volokhonsky Translation (Vintage Classics) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The list author says:
  "Recommended in The Question #8 (Sept. 1987)."
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Chronicles of Tao: The Secret Life of a Taoist Master
9.  Chronicles of Tao: The Secret Life of a Taoist Master by Deng Ming-Dao
The list author says:
  "This volume collects three books. The first two (The Wandering Taoist and Seven Bamboo Tablets of the Cloudy Satchel) are recommend in The Question #9 (Oct. 1987). The third (Gateway to a Vast World) is recommended in The Question #32 (Nov. 1989)."
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Tai Chi: The Supreme Ultimate
10.  Tai Chi: The Supreme Ultimate by Lawrence Galante
The list author says:
  "Recommended in The Question #9 (Oct. 1987)."
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The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism
11.  The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism by Fritjof Capra
The list author says:
  "Recommended in The Question #10 (Nov. 1987)."
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Zen in the Martial Arts
12.  Zen in the Martial Arts by Joe Hyams
The list author says:
  "Recommended in The Question #11 (Dec. 1987)."
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A Scanner Darkly
13.  A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
The list author says:
  "Recommended in The Question #12 (Jan. 1988)."
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Outsider in Amsterdam (Amsterdam Cops)
14.  Outsider in Amsterdam (Amsterdam Cops) by Janwillem van de Wetering
The list author says:
  "Recommended in The Question #13 (Feb. 1988). O'Neil recommends any and all of Janwillem van de Wetering's Grijpstra and de Gier detective novels; this is just one example."
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Chop Wood, Carry Water: A Guide to Finding Spiritual Fulfillment in Everyday Life
15.  Chop Wood, Carry Water: A Guide to Finding Spiritual Fulfillment in Everyday Life by Rick Fields
The list author says:
  "Recommended in The Question #14 (March 1988)."
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Invisible Man
16.  Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
The list author says:
  "Recommended in The Question #15 (April 1988)."
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Zen Without Zen Masters
17.  Zen Without Zen Masters by Camden Benares
The list author says:
  "Recommended in The Question #16 (May 1988)."
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Watchmen
18.  Watchmen by Alan Moore
The list author says:
  "Recommended in The Question #17 (June 1988). For the uninitiated, the characters featured in this graphic novel are based on various Charlton Comics characters (now owned by DC Comics). The Question serves as inspiration for the character of Rorschach."
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The Art of War
19.  The Art of War by Sun Tzu
The list author says:
  "Recommended in The Question #18 (July 1988). This is the specific translation that O'Neil lists, though I highly recommend Roger T. Ames' translation from the Classics of Ancient China series."
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Jane Brody's Good Food Book: Living the High-Carbohydrate Way
20.  Jane Brody's Good Food Book: Living the High-Carbohydrate Way by Jane E. Brody
The list author says:
  "Recommended in The Question #19 (Aug. 1988)."
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Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain: The Essence of Tai Ji
21.  Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain: The Essence of Tai Ji by Al Chung-liang Huang
The list author says:
  "Recommended in The Question #20 (Oct. 1988). Referred to within the issue as 'Carry Tiger, Return to Mountain.'"
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The Motion Of Light In Water: Sex And Science Fiction Writing In The East Village
22.  The Motion Of Light In Water: Sex And Science Fiction Writing In The East Village by Samuel R. Delany
The list author says:
  "Recommended in The Question #21 (Nov. 1988)."
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Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior
23.  Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chogyam Trungpa
The list author says:
  "Recommended in The Question #22 (Dec. 1988)."
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The Best of Plimpton
24.  The Best of Plimpton by George Plimpton
The list author says:
  "The volume collects a number of George Plimpton's stories. Included is "The Curious Case of Sidd Finch," recommended in The Question #23 (Winter 1988)."
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The Power of Myth
25.  The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell
The list author says:
  "Recommended in The Question #24 (Jan. 1989)."
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Tao Te Ching: A New English Version (Perennial Classics)
26.  Tao Te Ching: A New English Version (Perennial Classics) by Stephen Mitchell
The list author says:
  "Recommended in The Question #25 (Feb. 1989). This is the specific translation that O'Neil lists."
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The Hero with a Thousand Faces (The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell)
27.  The Hero with a Thousand Faces (The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell) by Joseph Campbell
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  "Recommended in The Question #26 (March 1989), and again in The Question #31 (Oct. 1989)."
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Zen Driving
28.  Zen Driving by K. T. Berger
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  "Recommended in The Question #27 (June 1989)."
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The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation
29.  The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh
The list author says:
  "Recommended in The Question #28 (July 1989)."
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The Philosopher's Diet: How to Lose Weight & Change the World (Nonpareil Book, 81)
30.  The Philosopher's Diet: How to Lose Weight & Change the World (Nonpareil Book, 81) by Richard A. Watson
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  "Recommended in The Question #29 (Aug. 1989)."
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Zen to Go: Bite-Sized Bits of Wisdom
31.  Zen to Go: Bite-Sized Bits of Wisdom by Jon Winokur
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  "Recommended in The Question #30 (Sept. 1989)."
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Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage
32.  Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage by Kurt Vonnegut
The list author says:
  "Recommended in The Question #33 (Dec. 1989)."
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Gumshoe: Reflections in a Private Eye
33.  Gumshoe: Reflections in a Private Eye by Josiah Thompson
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  "Recommended in The Question #34 (Jan. 1990)."
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Tao of Pooh and Te of Piglet Boxed Set
34.  Tao of Pooh and Te of Piglet Boxed Set by Benjamin Hoff
The list author says:
  "Tao of Pooh is recommended in The Question #35 (Feb. 1990). Both books are recommended again in The Question Returns #1 (Feb. 1997).

This book appears in both parts of my list."
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Be Your Own Detective
35.  Be Your Own Detective by Greg Fallis
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  "Recommended in The Question #36 (March 1990)."
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