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Collected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson
Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
David Duchovny calls Emerson the American Nietzsche. "I think he's kind of
underrated as a philosopher." His essays provide a counterbalance to
today's shrill public discourse. Also, they fit into a busy schedule.
"Emerson's Collected Works
what I would call a bathroom book, because he writes aphoristically and
you can sit down for your couple of minutes and pick it up anywhere. He
says the same thing a thousand times from different angles, and one is
going to resonate with you." Duchovny's favorite? "'Self-Reliance' is
the only self-help essay one ever needs to read."
— As told to Karen Holt