Guest Column: Three Books You Need To Read By Obsolete

Need enlightenment? Journalistic antics? Check out these must-read tomes



In our undying efforts to bring you engaging columns you won’t find anywhere else, we’ve reached out to the metal world seeking submissions for a new subject: Three amazing books you have to pick up and devour.

Seeing as you read this blog everyday, we went out on a limb and assumed you’d maybe want to get some decent book suggestions from some of your favorite bands, too. So today, we continue this series on rad, must-reads with an entry written by drummer Rich Schneider and frontman Dan Rivera from Obsolete.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
This is the essential introduction to Hunter S. Thompson, and considered his masterwork. Originally published as several Rolling Stone articles, it helped introduce America to a new breed of “Gonzo” journalism. It is an example of Hunter at his best.

Hell’s Angels
This is one Hunter wrote prior to “Fear and Loathing” that, at the time, broke Hunter onto the national literary scene. It was an exposé of sorts that involved Hunter spending time interviewing, partying with, and riding with the Oakland chapter of the Hell’s Angels. It is a great book as during its course, you can read through and see the development of Hunter’s narrative style.

A New Earth
This book by Eckhart Tolle was definitely one of the most influential books I’ve read in my adult years. It basically summarizes eastern philosophies like Zen Buddhism and Tao in a way that westerners can understand, particularly for those raised in a primarily Christian society. Much in the way Buddha taught that releasing the things we cling to is the way to be free from suffering, Tolle explains how to recognize and break free from the ego. Very enlightening stuff.

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