"The Headmaster's Wager" by Vincent Lam, reviewed by James FitzGerald, Literary Review of Canada, July/August 2012

"Mount Pleasant" by Don Gillmor, reviewed by James FitzGerald, Literary Review of Canada, May 2013


The Abyss of Madness, George Atwood
Achilles In Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character, Jonathan Shay
The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image, Leonard Shlain
The Alexandria Quartet, Lawrence Durell
Another Country, James Baldwin
Art and Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time and Light, Leonard Shlain

Behind The Scenes At The Museum, Kate Atkinson
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The Bonds of Love: Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and the Problem of Domination, Jessica Benjamin
By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept, Elizabeth Smart

Catch-22, Joseph Heller
The Catcher In The Rye, J.D. Salinger
The Chalice and the Blade, Riane Eisler
Childhood, Boyhood, Youth, Leo Tolstoy
Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Culture of Complaint, Robert Hughes
The Curiosity of School: Education and the Dark Side of Enlightenment, Zander Sherman

The Death of the Liberal Class, Chris Hedges
The Discovery of the Unconscious, Henri Ellenberger
Down and Out In Paris and London, George Orwell
Dracula, Bram Stoker
Dreams of Love and Fateful Encounters: The Power of Romantic Passion, Ethel S. Person

Edie: An American Biography, Jean Stein
The Empathic Civilization, Jeremy Rifkin
Explaining Hitler, Ron Rosenbaum

A Fair Country: Telling Truths About Canada, John Ralston Saul
The Fatal Shore, Robert Hughes
Fifth Business, Robertson Davies
Film As A Subversive Art, Amos Vogel
The Four Quartets, Lawrence Durrell
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
Freud: A Life For Our Times, Peter Gay
The French Lieutenant's Woman, John Fowles
Fury On Earth: A Biography of Wilhelm Reich, Myron Sharaf

The Good War, Studs Terkel
Goodbye To All That, Robert Graves
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Green Flag, Vols.1-3, Robert Kee
Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift

Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
Herzog, Saul Bellow
HHhH, Laurent Binet
Hons and Rebels, Jessica Mitford
How To Change Your Mind, Michael Pollan
Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde
In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
In The Realm of the Hungry Ghosts, Gabor Mate
The Interpretation of Dreams, Sigmund Freud

James Joyce, Richard Ellmann
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
Kabloona, Gontran de Poncins
Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored, Adam Phillips

The Last Asylum, Barbara Taylor
Letter To My Father, Franz Kafka
Life Against Death, Norman O. Brown
Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
Love and Hate in the Nursery and Beyond: Voices From the Unconscious, Jule Eisenbud
Love's Body, Norman O. Brown

The Magus, John Fowles
The Making of The English Working Class, E.P. Thompson
The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World, Iain McGilchrist
Moby Dick, Herman Melville
Money and the Soul's Desires: A Meditation, Stephen Jenkinson
The Murder of Christ, Wilhelm Reich
Museum of Innocence, Orhan Pamuk

The Needs of Strangers, Michael Ignatieff
New Self, New World, Philip Shepherd
1984, George Orwell

The Object Stares Back: On the Nature of Seeing, James Elkins
Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming, Jonathan Shay
The Odyssey, Homer
On Photography, Susan Sontag
The Order of Time, Carlo Rovelli
Out of Sheer Rage, Geoff Dyer
The Outsider, Albert Camus

The Painted Bird, Jerzy Kosinski
The Painted Word, Tom Wolfe
Parallel Lives, Phyllis Rose
The Passion of the Western Mind, Richard Tarnas
The Performing Self, Richard Poirier
Phenomena, Annie Jacobsen
Portrait of the Artist As A Young Man, James Joyce
Prisoners of Childhood, Alice Miller
Proust Was a Neuroscientist, Jonah Lehrer

Reader’s Block, David Markson
The Rebirth of Nature: The Greening of Science and God, Rupert Sheldrake
The Red and the Black, Stendahl
Revolutionary Road, Richard Yates
The Revolutionist's Handbook, Robert Lindner
The Right Stuff, Tom Wolfe
The Rings of Saturn, W.G. Sebold
The Rise and Fall of The Third Reich, William Shirer
Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe

The Saturated Self: Dilemmas of Identity in Contemporary Life, Kenneth J. Gergen
Schizoid Phenomena, Object Relations and the Self, Harry Guntrip
Science Set Free, Rupert Sheldrake
Seven Pillars of Wisdom, T.E. Lawrence
Sex, Time and Power: How Women's Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution, Leonard Shlain
Sexual Personae, Camille Paglia
A Short History of Progress, Ronald Wright 
Shot In The Heart, Mikal Gilmore
Side Effects, Adam Phillips
Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
Social Amnesia, Russell Jacoby
The Sot Weed Factor, John Barth
Speak, Memory, Vladimir Nabokov
The Still, Small Voice: Psychoanalytical Reflections on Guilt and Conscience, Don Carveth
Stop-Time, Frank Conroy
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, Stephen Greenblatt

That Line of Darkness: The Shadow of Dracula and the Great War, Robert S. Douglas
Thy Neighbour's Wife, Gay Talese
Tom Jones, Henry Fielding
The Trauma of Everyday Life, Mark Epstein
Trickster Makes This World: Mischief, Myth and Art, Lewis Hyde
2001: A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke

Ulysses, James Joyce
Understanding Media, Marshall McLuhan

Vital Lies, Simple Truths: The Psychology of Self-Deception, Daniel Goleman

Waiting For Godot, Samuel Beckett
What Did You Do In The War, Daddy?, Sabine Reichel
The White Hotel, D.M. Thomas
Women In Love, D.H. Lawrence
Working, Studs Terkel
Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte

Books on the 1960s

Acid Dreams: The CIA, LSD and the Sixties Rebellion, Martin Lee and Bruce Shlain, 1985

The Age of Great Dreams: America in the 1960s, David Farber, 1994

All Dressed Up: The Sixties and the Counterculture, Jonathon Green

America 1968: The Fire This Time, Max Hastings, 1969

Angry Decade: The Sixties, Paul Sann, 1979

Armies of the Night, Norman Mailer, 1968

Blown Away: The Rolling Stones and the Death of the Sixties, A.E. Hotchner, 1990

Bomb Culture, Jeff Nuttall, 1968

Born At the Right Time: A History of the Baby Boom Generation, Doug Owram, 1996

Canada's 1960s: The Ironies of Identity in a Rebellious Era, Bryan D. Palmer, 2009

Chronicles, Volume One, Bob Dylan, 2004

Divine Right's Trip, Gurney Norman, 1972

The Doors, Greil Marcus, 2011

The Doors of Perception, Aldous Huxley, 1954

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock n' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood, Peter Biskind, 1998

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe, 1968

Eros and Civilization, Herbert Marcuse, 1955

A Fiction of the Past: The Sixties in American History, Dominick Cavallo, 1999

Fire in the Streets: America in the 1960s, Milton Viorst,1979

The Gates of Eden: American Culture in the Sixties, Morris Dickstein, 1977

Growing Up Absurd, Paul Goodman, 1960

Hippie, Barry Miles, 2003

July, July, Tim O'Brien, 2002

Life, Keith Richards, 2010

Long Way Home: The Sixties Generation in Canada, Myrna Kotash, 1980

Magic Circles: The Beatles In Dream and History, Devin McKinney, 2003

The Making of a Counterculture, Theodore Roszak, 1969

The Making of an Elder Culture: Reflections on the Future of America's Most Audacious Generation, Theodore Roszak, 2009

Making Peace With the Sixties, David Burner, 1996

Making the Scene: Yorkville and Hip Toronto in the 1960s, Stuart Henderson, 2011

1968, Michael Kaufman, 2009

1968 And After: Inside the Revolution, Tariq Ali, 1978

1968: A Personal Report, Hans Koning, 1987

1968 In America, Charles Kaiser, 1988

1968: The Year That Rocked The World, Mark Kurlansky, 2004

Of Kennedys and Kings: Making Sense of the Sixties, Harris Wofford, 1980

On The Road, Jack Kerouac, 1957

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey, 1962

Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood, Mark Harris, 2008

The Politics of Ecstasy, Timothy Leary, 1968

The Politics of Experience, R.D. Laing, 1967

Read The Beatles: Classic and New Writings on the Beatles, Their Legacy, and Why They Still Matter, June Skinner Sawyers, Editor, 2006

Remembering America: A Voice From the Sixties, Richard Goodwin, 1988

The Sixties, Jenny Diski, 2009

The Sixties: The Decade Remembered Now By People Who Lived It Then, Lynda Obst and Robert Kingsley, (Rolling Stone), 1977

The Sixties: Recollections of the Decade From Harper's Magazine, 2011

The Sixties Without Apology, Sohnya Sayres, 1984

The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage, Todd Gitlin, 1987

The Sixties Unplugged: A Kaleidoscopic History of A Disorderly Decade, Gerard DeGroot, 2008

Stories Done: Writings on the 1960s and Its Discontents, Mikal Gilmore, 2008

Storming Heaven: LSD and the American Dream, Jay Stevens, 1987

Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein, 1961

Street Fighting Years: An Autobiography of the Sixties, Tariq Ali, 1987

The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge, Carlos Castaneda, 1968

Tripping the Bardo With Timothy Leary: My Psychedelic Love Story, Joanna Harcourt-Smith, 2013

Where the Wasteland Ends: Politics and Transcendence in Post-Industrial Society, Theodore Roszak, 1973

The Wretched of the Earth, Frantz Fanon, 1961

Year By Year in the Rock Era: Events and Conditions Shaping the Rock Generations That Shaped America, Herb Hendler

The Year of the Barricades: A Journey Through 1968, David Caute, 1988

The Year the Dream Died: Revisiting 1968 in America, Jules Witcover, 1998

Books on Anti-Psychiatry:

Anatomy of An Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America, Robert Whitaker

Asylum. Erving Goffman

Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients, Dr. Ben Goldacre

Coercion As Cure: A Critical History of Psychiatry, Thomas Szasz

Doctoring the Mind: Why Psychiatric Treatments Fail, Robert Bentall

Doctors of Deception: What They Don’t Want You To Know About Shock Treatment, Linda Andre

Great and Desperate Cures: The Rise and Decline of Psychosurgery and Other Radical Treatments For Mental Illness, Elliot Valenstein

In the Sleep Room: The Story of the CIA Brainwashing Experiments In Canada, Anne Collins

The Lobotomist: A Maverick Medical Genius and His Quest to Rid the World of Mental Illness, Jack El-Hai

Loss of Sadness: How Psychiatry Transformed Normal Sorrow Into Depressive Disorder, Jerome Wakefield

Mad In America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill, Robert Whitaker

Madhouse: A Tragic Tale of Megalomania and Modern Medicine, Andrew Scull

Manufacturing Depression: The Secret History of a Modern Disease, Gary Greenberg

The Powers of Psychiatry, Jonas Robitscher

Prescriptions For the Mind: A Critical View of Contemporary Psychiatry, Joel Paris

The Quest For Mental Health: A Tale of Science, Medicine, Scandal, Sorrow, and Mass Society, Ian Dowbiggin

Toxic Psychiatry: Why Therapy, Empathy and Love Must Replace the Drugs, Electroshock and Biochemical Theories of The New Psychiatry, Peter Breggin

Try To Remember: Psychiatry’s Clash Over Meaning, Memory and Mind, Paul McHugh

Unhinged: The Trouble With Psychiatry, Daniel Carlat

White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine, Carl Elliott

Books on Schizophrenia:

Angel At My Table, Janet Frame

Autobiography of a Schizophrenic, Marguerite Sechehave

A Beautiful Mind, Sylvia Nasar

The Centre Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Schizophrenia, Elyn Saks

Divided Minds: Twin Sisters and Their Journey Through Schizophrenia, Carolyn Spiro & Pamela Spiro Wagner

Eden Express: A Memoir of Schizophrenia, Mark Vonnegut (son of Kurt)

Memoirs of A Schizophrenic, P.D. Owen

Out Of It: An Autobiography of the Experience of Schizophrenia, Anonymous

Schizophrenia: When I Thought I Was God, Robin Jackson

Welcome Silence: My Triumph Over Schizophrenia, Dr. Carol North

When the Sun Bursts: The Enigma of Schizophrenia, Christopher Bollas

Articles and Books on Dreaming, Myth, Synchronicity, Quantum Physics, and Psi Phenomena:

The Architectural Uncanny, Arthur Vidler

Art and Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time and Light, Leonard Shlain

Beyond Physicalism: Toward Reconciliation of Science and Spirituality, Edited by Edward F. Kelly, Adam Crabtree and Paul Marshall

The Black Swan: the Impact of the Highly Improbable, Nassim Nicholas Taleb

C.G. Jung’s Psychology of Religion and Synchronicity, Robert Aziz

Chance and Chaos, David Ruelle

Chaos, Creativity, and Cosmic Consciousness, Rupert Sheldrake, Terence McKenna and Ralph Abraham

Connecting With Coincidence, Bernard Breitman

The Conscious Universe: The Scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena, Dean Radin

Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View, Richard Tarnas

The Crack in the Cosmic Egg: Challenging Constructs of Mind and Reality, Joseph Chilton Pearce

Delusion and Dream in Wilhem Jensen’s Gradiva, Sigmund Freud

Demystifying Meaningful Coincidences (Synchronicities): The Evolving Self, the Personal Unconscious, and the Creative Process, Gibbs A. Williams

The Discovery of the Unconscious, Henri Ellenberger

The Dream and the Underworld, James Hillman

Dream Machine: The Mind-Expanding World of Quantum Computing, Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, May 2, 2011

Dreams and Telepathy, Sigmund Freud

The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives, Leonard Mlodinow

Extraordinary Knowing: Science, Skepticism, and the Inexplicable Powers of the Human Mind, Elizabeth Lloyd Mayer

The Hero With A Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell

Hidden Channels of the Mind, Louisa Rhine

Incredible Coincidence: The Baffling World of Synchronicity, Alan Vaughan

The Innermost Kernel: Depth Psychology and Quantum Physics, Suzanne Gieser

Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century, Edited by Edward F. Kelly, Emily Williams Kelly, et al

Jung and the Myth of Orpheus, Julian David, lecture, 2012

Jung, Synchronicity and Human Destiny: Non-Causal Dimensions of Human Experience, Ira Progoff

Luck, Lapham’s Quarterly, Summer 2016

Myths To Live By, Joseph Campbell

On Divination and Synchronicity: The Psychology of Meaningful Chance, Marie-Louise Von Franz

The Pauli-Jung Conjecture and Its Impact Today, Harald Atmanspacher and Christopher Fuchs, editors

The Power of Premonitions: How Knowing the Future Can Shape Our Lives, Larry Dossey

Psyche and Matter, Marie-Louise von Franz

Psychoanalysis and the Occult, George Devereaux, editor

Revelations of Chance: Synchronicity as Spiritual Experience, Roderick main

The Roots of Coincidence, Arthur Koestler

The Rupture of Time: Synchronicity and Jung’s Critique of Modern Western Culture, Roderick Main

Synchronicity, Carl Jung

Synchronicity: The Anatomy of Coincidence, Carolyn North

Synchronicity: The Bridge Between Mind and Matter, F. David Peat

Synchronicity: C.G. Jung, Psychoanalysis and Religion, M.D. Faber

Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership, Joseph Jaworski

Synchronicity, Myth and the New World Order, Charles Eisenstein

Synchronicity: Nature and Psyche in an Interconnected Universe, Joseph Cambray

Synchronicity: Science, Myth and the Trickster, Allan Combs and Mark Holland

Synchronicity, Science and Soulmaking: Understanding Jungian Synchronicity Through Physics, Buddhism and Philosophy, Victor Mansfield

The Tao of Physics, Fritjof Capra

There Are No Accidents: Synchronicity and the Stories of Our Lives, Robert H. Hopcke

Trauma Displaced In Time: Premonition, Synchronicity and Enjoyment, Eric Wargo, “The Nightshirt” blog

Trickster Makes This World: Mischief, Myth and Art, Lewis Hyde

Beyond Coincidence, Alex Tanous with Harvey Ardman

The Third Man Factor, John Geiger

The ‘Uncanny’, Sigmund Freud

Uncanny Communication and the Porous Mind, Janine De Peyer, Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Vol. 26, Issue 2, 2016

Who Is the Dreamer Who Dreams the Dream?: A Study of Psychic Presences, James Grotstein

Books On Reading & Writing

The Books In My Life, Henry Miller

Catching the Big Fish, David Lynch

Ensouling Language: On the Art of Non-Fiction and the Writer's Life, Stephen Harrod Buhner

The Midnight Disease, Alice W. Flaherty

On Writers and Writing, Margaret Atwood

On Writing, Stephen King

The Seven Basic Plots, Christopher Booker

The War of Art, Steven Pressfield

Why Read?, Mark Edmundson

Writers and Psychoanalysis, Edmund Bergler

Writers At Work: The Paris Review Interviews

Writers Dreaming: Twenty Six Writers Talk About Their Dreams and the Creative Process, Naomi Epel

The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure For Writers, Christopher Vogler

Recommended Websites

Quotes About Writing

Margaux Wiliamson is a brilliant painter, film critic and filmmaker; I also approve of the links on her own website: 



For my money, the best brand of psychodynamic therapy available in Toronto, a humanistic alternative to the depersonalized, drug-and-shock approach of the medical-psychiatric model: 



Dr. Gabor Mate's 2008 book, "The Realm of the Hungry Ghosts", is the best I've ever read on addiction, bar none, pun intended: 


James FitzGerald interviews Gabor Mate in "The Believer", February 17, 2012 -- Part 1

Part 2

Author Adam Phillips speaks on the value on talk therapy, December 2013

James FitzGerald
Journalist and Author
Toronto, Canada