Elvis Presley's Reading List

It turns out that Elvis was very into spiritual readings, Taoism, esoteric philosophies and learning about the different values in different cultures. When Elvis died in his Graceland bathroom thirty years ago today, he is said to have been reading a book about the Holy Shroud of Turin

What Henry David Thoreau Teaches us About Travel

As we prepare for the Holidays, travel and bustle, know that Thoreau understood something that many of us modern day nomads would do well to recognize: travel is a matter of perspective, not location. “I have traveled a great deal in Concord,” said Henry Thoreau, a native of…wait for it…Concord, Massachusetts. In fact, Thoreau traveled far and wide … Continue reading What Henry David Thoreau Teaches us About Travel

Homeless Man Reviews Books for Sale

This young man sits on the side of Empire Road in Johannesburg and instead of begging, he provides book reviews. He collects books, reads them, and provides reviews for people passing by. If you like the review, he will try to sell you the book. This is how he makes a living. Have you seen … Continue reading Homeless Man Reviews Books for Sale

George Gurdjieff, the Greco-Armenian holistic philosopher

Remembering the mystic, George Gurdjieff (1866-1949), on the anniversary of his death. "Greco-Armenian holistic philosopher, thaumaturge, and teacher of Sacred Dances (whose ancillary personae as musicologist, therapist, hypnotist, raconteur, explorer, polyglot, and entrepreneur exercise the taxonomic mind). Gurdjieff’s work comprises one ballet, some 250 Sacred Dances, 200 piano pieces composed in collaboration with his pupil Thomas … Continue reading George Gurdjieff, the Greco-Armenian holistic philosopher