The Art of Happiness – Howard Cutler & Dalai Lama
How to be happy? This is a question that will no doubt be on your mind throughout your life. If you have ever wanted a glimpse into the mindset and practices of the Dalai Lama, this is the book for you. The Dalai Lama explains, “Although it is possible to achieve happiness, happiness is not a simple thing.” Written by psychiatrist Howard Cutler, after extensive interviews with ‘His Holiness’ himself, this book combines Western thoughts and lifestyles and will hopefully change your perspective on certain areas of your life. How to cope with stress, relationships and most importantly teaches the importance of living a compassionate life.
Generation of Swine: Tales of Shame and Degradation – Hunter S. Thompson
The man, the myth and the legend that is Hunter S. Thompson presents the second volume of his weird and wonderful Gonzo Papers with Tales of Degradation. This is a collection of his writings as a journalist at the San Francisco Examiner. With his immense wit Thompson breaks down American social and political life in a time past. Showcasing his ability to mix within the worlds of night club and strip club entertainment business as well as covering Presidential elections. Today, American President Donald J. Trump is in the midst of a whirlwind of turmoil of seismic, near on nuclear destructive proportions. Thompson explores the entrance of media spin in particular the rise of cable news channels such as CNN, and 24 around the clock news, foreseeing the impact it would have upon the world. This book shows Thompson exploring the depths of the human psyche whilst exploring a few new parts of his own!
Weiweisms – Ai Wei Wei
For many, social media is seen as a chauvinistic practice, in which we brag about how many slices of avocado toast we have had for breakfast. Artist, activist and expressionist Ai Wei Wei uses this platform to challenge the repressive nature of the Chinese government. This book contains short quotes on a variety of subjects relevant to his life and across his illustrious career. This book inspires you to use your voice even if it is behind a screen, promoting the power of engagement. As Ai Wei Wei says “I feel powerless all the time, but I regain my energy by making a small difference that won’t cost me much”
Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
Things Fall Apart takes us on a journey in Nigeria exploring the customs and traditions of the Ibo Tribe before colonisation. Without a doubt a classic for understanding the depth and history of rural Nigerian culture. This book chronicles not only the destructive presence of English settlers and colonial rule in Nigeria, but also the struggle with a hyper-idealised nature of masculinity, which haunts the main character Okonkwo. It is fair to say our view of African history is warped in the Western world; hopefully this books sets you on a journey to explore the width and breadth of the African culture.
Utopia For Realists: And How We Can Get There – Rutger Bregman
Want to think about a possible better future for the world? In this book, Rutger Bregman tells us the impact of our current economic system on our own mental health, as well as the damaging consequences for our environmental future. In Utopia for Realists, to deal with the oncoming digitalisation and artificial intelligence, Bregman effectively and skilfully argues for Universal Basic Income, an idea that almost rose to fruition in the 1970s under Richard Nixon, but is once again coming to the forefront. This book spells out using economic statistics and experiments the benefits and need of this idea, which will no doubt change the world and life as we know it.
words and selection by Ayo Fagbemi