This series of lectures by Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki is considered a classic of Western Buddhist literature. Suzuki's Buddhism has been called 'ordinary' – his teachings are not about trying to attain enlightenment. Instead, they are about keeping an open mind ('beginner's mind') and the right attitude in order to maintain a practice of meditation. Read this book if you are just starting on the Zen path, or if you've been practicing for years, or even if you are not a Buddhist at all – everyone can find something in Suzuki's teachings (it's also a book that stands up very well to re-reading).
This R-rated sci-fi thriller is set in an all too disturbingly familiar near future, where the internet is full of memes, viral videos, and spam. Detective Inspector Liz Kavanaugh's unit, Rule 34 Squad, is in charge of combing the cyberspace, trying to weed out extreme memes before they make their way into the real world. Rule 34 is a brilliant novel about our relationship with cyberspace and technology in a post-economic collapse future.