The Wu-Tang Manual is The RZA´s first written introduction to the philosophy and history of Hip-Hop´s original Dynasty, the Wu-Tang Clan. Written in a style that is at once personal and philosophical, The Wu-Tang Manual unravels the intricate web of personalities (and alter egos), warrior codes, numerological systems, and Eastern spiritual ethics that define the Wu-Tang dynasty. Packed with information that reflects the breadth and depth of the RZA´s - and rest of the Clan´s - intellectual interests and passions, The Wu-Tang Manual is divided into four books of nine chambers each, for a total of 36 chambers. All together, the book provides the breakdown of essential Wu-Tang components, from basic information about each of the nine core members of Wu-Tang Clan to deeper explorations of the key themes of the Wu-Tang universe, a dictionary-like Wu-Slang lexicon, and an entire section of Wu-Tang lyrics with densely annotated explanations of what they mean. For the hardcore Wu-Tang disciple and the recent initiate alike, The Wu-Tang Manual is the definitive guide to the essence of Wu, one of the most innovative hip-hop groups of all time. The RZA´s most recent book, The Tao of Wu, is also available from Riverhead Books.
Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) was an architect, engineer, geometrician, cartographer, philosopher, futurist, inventor of the famous geodesic dome, and one of the most brilliant thinkers of his time. For more than five decades, he set forth his comprehensive perspective on the world´s problems in numerous essays, which offer an illuminating insight into the intellectual universe of this renaissance man. These texts remain surprisingly topical even today, decades after their initial publication. While Fuller wrote the works in the 1960´s and 1970´s, they could not be more timely: like desperately needed time-capsules of wisdom for the critical moment he foresaw, and in which we find ourselves. Long out of print, they are now being published again, together with commentary by Jaime Snyder, the grandson of Buckminster Fuller. Designed for a new generation of readers, Snyder prepared these editions with supplementary material providing background on the texts, factual updates, and interpretation of his visionary ideas. Initially published in 1969, and one of Fuller´s most popular works, Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth is a brilliant synthesis of his world view. In this very accessible volume, Fuller investigates the great challenges facing humanity, and the principles for avoiding extinction and ´´exercising our option to make it.´´ How will humanity survive? How does automation influence individualization? How can we utilize our resources more effectively to realize our potential to end poverty in this generation? He questions the concept of specialization, calls for a design revolution of innovation, and offers advice on how to guide ´´spaceship earth´´ toward a sustainable future. And it Came to Pass - Not to Stay brings together Buckminster Fuller´s lyrical and philosophical best, including seven ´´essays´´ in a form he called his ´´ventilated prose´´, and as always addressing the current global crisis and his predictions for the future. These essays, including ´´How Little I Know´´, ´´What I am Trying to Do´´, ´´Soft Revolution´´, and ´´Ethics´´, put the task of ushering in a new era of humanity in the context of ´´always starting with the universe.´´ In rare form, Fuller elegantly weaves the personal, the playful, the simple, and the profound. Utopia or Oblivion is a provocative blueprint for the future. This comprehensive volume is composed of essays derived from the lectures he gave all over the world during the 1960´s. Fuller´s thesis is that humanity - for the first time in its history - has the opportunity to create a world where the needs of 100% of humanity are met. This is Fuller in his prime, relaying his urgent message for earthians´ critical moment and presenting pioneering solutions which reflect his commitment to the potential of innovative design to create technology that does ´´more with less´´ and thereby improves human lives. ´´This is what man tends to call utopia. It´s a fairly small word, but inadequate to describe the extraordinary new freedom of man in a new relationship to universe - the alternative of which is oblivion.´´ Buckminster Fuller.
In an all new look for this acclaimed translation of a classic, Loa-tzu´s ´´Tao Te Ching, ´´or ´´Book of the Way,´´ is the classic manual on the art of living. In 81 brief chapters, it looks at the basic predicament of being alive and gives advice to help achieve balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit. In eighty-one brief chapters, Lao-tzu´s Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, provides advice that imparts balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit, and teaches us how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao—the basic principle of the universe. Stephen Mitchell´s bestselling version has been widely acclaimed as a gift to contemporary culture.
Imagination Magick: Learn to Use Your Imagination to Live a Magickal Life is an occult chapbook that will teach you how to harness the powers of your mind to create great magick and make your life magically beautiful. If you want to fill your life with the powers of magick and witchcraft or if you simply want to take your magical practice to the next level, then this manual will show you the way to a world that is overflowing with magick and wonder. Among the true practitioners of magick, it is not a secret that the imagination is the key to the great Mystery. The word imagination comes from this occult secret: I-mage. It is a declaration of one´s identity as a magical worker. It is also with the imagination that you shall harness the great powers of the universe and create the greatest magick. However, this use of the imagination is not like what most laypeople know about it. Instead, you shall learn how to use your imagination in a magical way because only then can magick work in your life. Imagination Magick: Learn to Use Your Imagination to Live a Magickal Life is divided into 2 parts: Scroll I discusses the theoretical part of the use and powers of the imagination and how you can use it to cast great magick and live a truly magical life. Scroll II reveals clear-cut instructions and practices that you should learn to truly live a magical life. It is time to put your imagination into actual practice and create magical changes in your life. For years, many students of magick sought for the key to the Mystery that will enable them to live a life that is full of magick but ended in vain. Finally, this occult chapbook is offered so that the true seekers of Magickal Truth and Wisdom may be guided to the right path of initiation and knowledge. May you find what you seek in these pages, and may you finally live a life that is overflowing with happiness, meaning, and magick – the life that you deserve. Blessed be!