Book Oblivion

Reading Community
Tracing the histories of ideas through literature, philosophy, architecture, rhetorics, and beyond.

For curious minds who love to discover the hidden influences in literature and philosophy, Book Oblivion offers infinite conversations for readers all over the world wanting to grow with a community of passionate readers. Browse our articles, join Book Oblivion community,  and read like there’s no tomorrow. 

Paul Valery Poetry and Abstract Thought

Paul Valery on the Common Material of Poets and Philosophers

Paul Valery challenges the arbitrary divide between the poet and the philosopher while considering the intellectual rigor of the poet.

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Joseph Campbell on Reading Nine Hours a Day and Independent Scholarship

Independent Scholarship: Joseph Campbell on Reading Nine Hours a Day

Joseph Campbell discusses independent scholarship and the admirable discipline of reading nine hours a day for five years straight.

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Clive Thompson on the Creative Imagination of Coders

Clive Thompson on the Creative Imagination of Coders

Clive Thompson explores the origin stories of coders and recognizes they share one common character trait: a creative imagination.

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Susanne Langer on Creative Philosophy in a New Key

Susanne Langer on Creative Philosophy in a New Key

In Susanne Langer’s 1942 book, Philosophy In a New Key, the first American female philosopher challenges thinkers to embrace a new creative philosophy.

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Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, Haruki Murakami

The Invisible in Haruki Murakami’s Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

In Haruki Murakami’s short story, Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, he offers insight into the phenomenology of sound taught by Maurice Merleau-Ponty.

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Walter Benjamin - The Storyteller

Walter Benjamin on Explosive Reading and the Storyteller

Walter Benjamin considers The Storyteller an artistic observer capabale of seeing and communicating beauty in a way that transforms readers and listeners.

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Ernst Cassirer on the Gift of the Artist

Ernst Cassirer on the Gift of the Artist

Keywords Ernst Cassirer, An Essay on Man, Lewis Hyde, Seeing, Artistic Observation, Gift, William Blake “The past is preserved only in darkness, the future is …

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Ludwig Wittgenstein

Ludwig Wittgenstein on the Ladder Illusion

Keywords Ludwig Wittgenstein, Wittgenstein’s Ladder, Tractatus Logico Philosophicus “Pay attention to the patter by means of which we convince someone of a truth of a …

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The Psychology of Time Travel - Kate Mascarenhas

Kate Mascarenhas’s The Psychology of Time Travel

Four women will invent time travel.  Three will make their mark on history. Two will do anything to be remembered. One will not survive. THE …

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Narrative Architecture in Meander, Spiral, Explode

Narrative Architecture in Jane Alison’s Meander, Spiral, Explode

Keywords Jane Alison, Narrative Architecture, Meander, Spiral, Explode “The wave is one. There’s a reason we’re drawn to it, whether viewing or watching entranced as …

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How to Read More by Creating a Reading Habit

How to Read More by Creating a Reading Habit

“The habit of reading is the only enjoyment in which there is no alloy; it lasts when all other pleasures fade.” Anthony Trollope For most …

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Walter Benjamin's Aura

How Time and Space Converge to Evoke Walter Benjamin’s Aura

“The concept of aura which was proposed above with reference to historical objects may usefully be illustrated with reference to the aura of natural ones. …

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Walter Ong's Psychodynamics of Orality and the Reading Mind

Walter Ong’s Psychodynamics of Orality and the Reader

Keywords Walter Ong, Psychodynamics, Orality and Literacy “Until writing was invented, men lived in acoustic space: boundless, directionless, horizonless, in the dark of the mind, …

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Ten Diverse Books

10 Diverse Books That Reflect Human Experience

“The book industry is focusing more on diverse voices and stories: a reflection of the real demographic of the United States, allowing all to find …

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A Thousand Eyes of Curiosity With Albert Camus

A Thousand Eyes of Curiosity With Alberto Manguel

“Now open in my eyes a thousand eyes of curiosity.” Virginia Woolf, The Waves ALBERTO MANGUEL (BORN 1948) Alberto Manguel is a proliferate writer and …

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Read Along With Book Oblivion

Book Oblivion has an incredible community of avid readers passionate about literature and philosophy. Book Oblivion Members have access to live talks twice a month, an online community and discussion forum, supplemental materials like articles, books, and videos, and exclusive access to seasonal workshops. 

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
– Rainer Maria Rilke

Live talks

We host one live talk a month or season for each reading group. Participants unable to attend are able to watch the recording after.

Community Forum

We connect in our community forum, posting articles, sharing thoughts, and staying engaged with the books and each other.

supplemental resources

Articles, videos, reading guides, podcasts and more, including specific reading strategies to aid comprehension.

Reading schedules

Read along with our community by sticking to the recommended pages for each book that are broken down by week, month, and season.

Frequently Asked Questions

Book Oblivion is a global online community of readers who are passionate about literature and philosophy. We trace the way ideas connect to each other and over time through reading literature, philosophy, art, and rhetorics. Many of us are academics gone rogue. We are here to nerd out over books and ideas, ask questions, and grow intellectually. 

Participants enroll from all over the world, including the United States, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong, India, Canada, Mexico, and more. Most participants are college graduates, but this is not a requirement. Several participants are retired, some are working professionals, others are graduate students, or some are stay at home parents. The only requirement is a humble, intellectual curiosity and a desire to connect with others over books.

Jessica launched Book Oblivion with a desire to rescue books from oblivion and return them to the center of culture and conversation. We work really hard to create space and time for these conversations to take place and are often one of the only intellectual outlets for our participants. 

Conversations take place in English, but we have participants reading in languages from all over the world. Discussions on translation choices make things really interesting. 

Jessica receives book lists from each instructor and arranges the readings for the year based on several factors. Each instructor leads discussions based on their passion, expertise, and familiarity with the author, book, or subject. 

Our book selections focus on several themes: 

  • Critical Theory and Philosophy
  • Himalayas of Literature
  • In Search of Lost Time
  • Reading Beyond Murakami
  • Reading With Wonder
  • The Craft of Writing 

Participants join for $21/month to participate in all live talks and the community forum. 

You can enroll by becoming a Book Oblivion Member and you can cancel at any time. To join our community, click HERE

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Book Oblivion is a community of readers exploring literature, philosophy, art, rhetorics, and beyond.