the academic mise en scène of bishop harber

Lists of Things

To understand my approach,
one needs to understand what influences me.

Over the years, I have had the opportunity to share some of my Top/Favorite Lists of Things including inspirations in various categories: books, movies, music, etc. So many different kinds of genres have influenced me over the years. I’m thrilled to share these with you. Though I would note here that influential doesn’t necessarily mean favorite. One of my all time favorite movies is Beauty and the Beast, but it is far from one of the most influential on me over my lifetime.

In alphabetical order … as of 05/2023 …


There is a new section added that covers musical playlists from various semesters. Check it out here!


  1. The Alchemist—Paulo Coelho
  2. Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night—(trans.) J.C. Mardrus 
  3. The Call of Cthulhu [and everything else by the man]—H.P. Lovecraft 
  4. The Child Thief—Brom
  5. The Crow—James O’Barr 
  6. Dune—Frank Herbert 
  7. ElfQuest [Vol 1-4, etc]—Wendy & Richard Pini
  8. Foucault’s Pendulum—Umberto Eco 
  9. The Fountainhead [and Atlas Shrugged]—Ayn Rand
  10. The Hardy Boys Detective Handbook—Franklin W Dixon
  11. House of Leaves—Mark Z. Danielewski 
  12. Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah—Richard Bach 
  13. Imajica—Clive Barker 
  14. Lord of the Rings/Silmarillion [especially the Appendices]—J.R.R. Tolkien 
  15. Parable of the Sower—Octavia E. Butler 
  16. Sacrament—Clive Barker 
  17. Shadowland—Peter Straub
  18. Valis—Philip K. Dick 
  19. Weaveworld—Clive Barker
  20. The Witching Hour—Anne Rice 


  1. The Art of War—Sun Tzu
  2. Book of the Law—(rec.) Aleister Crowley
  3. Chaos: Making a New Science—James Gleick
  4. Dianetics—L. Ron Hubbard
  5. How to Be a Perfect Stranger—Stuart Matlins
  6. Integral Spirituality—Ken Wilber
  7. Liber Null & Psychonaut and Liber Kaos—Peter J. Carroll
  8. Magick: Book VI—Aleister Crowley
  9. Meditations on the Tarot—Anonymous (Valentin Tomberg)
  10. Mere Christianity—C.S. Lewis
  11. Merlin: The Prophetic Vision and the Mystic Life—R.J. Stewart
  12. Morals and Dogma—Albert Pike
  13. Pagan Christianity?—Frank Viola
  14. The Phenomenon of Man—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
  15. Sex, Ecology, and Spirituality—Ken Wilber
  16. Systematic Theology—Paul Tillich
  17. Tao of Pooh—Benjamin Hoff
  18. Teilhard’s Mass: Approaches to “The Mass on the World”—Thomas King
  19. The Uses of Enchantment—Bruno Bettelheim
  20. The Zohar: Pritzker Edition [12 vols.]—Various Editors


This is a difficult category to assess. At best, I can offer the top influential music that was meaningful through some of the highest and lowest milestones in my life. 

  1. Alan Parsons Project—Tales Of Mystery And Imagination album
  2. Bonnie Tyler—”Total Eclipse of the Heart”
  3. Clannad—”I Will Find You”
  4. Cocteau Twins—Treasure album, among others
  5. The Cure—”Burn”
  6. Damn Yankees—”High Enough” and “Come Again”
  7. Def Leppard—”Rock of Ages,” “Photograph,” “Foolin’,” “Bringin’ on a Heartbreak,” and “Love Bites”
  8. Demon Hunter—”The Last One Alive” and “I Will Fail You”
  9. Disturbed—”The Sound of Silence” (cover)
  10. Journey—Frontiers album
  11. Lia Ford (with Ozzy Ozborne)—”Close My Eyes Forever”
  12. Maggie’s Dream—Maggie’s Dream album
  13. Pat Benatar—Crimes of Passion album and “Invincible”
  14. Pop Evil—”Torn To Pieces”
  15. Queensryche—Rage for Order, Operation: Mindcrime, and Empire albums
  16. Rick Springfield—Tao album
  17. Snow Patrol—”Chasing Cars”
  18. This Mortal Coil—Filigree & Shadow album, among others
  19. Wham—”Careless Whispers”
  20. Whitesnake—Whitesnake and Slip of the Tongue albums



  1. A Beautiful Mind [2001]
  2. A Home at the End of the World [2004]
  3. After the Dark [2013, also known as The Philosophers]
  4. Arrival [2016]
  5. Chasing Amy [1997]
  6. Children of a Lesser God [1986]
  7. Collateral Beauty [2016]
  8. Contact [1997]
  9. The Crow [1994]
  10. The Dark Crystal [1992]
  11. Dead Poets Society [1989]
  12. Divine Access [2015]
  13. Gattaca [1997]
  14. Hellraiser: Bloodline [1996]
  15. Highlander [1986]
  16. Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet [2014]
  17. The Last of the Mohicans [1992]
  18. The Lost Boys [1987]
  19. π [1998]
  20. What Dreams May Come [1998]


  1. The Act of Will—Roberto Assagioli
  2. The Biological Basis of Personality—Hans Eysenck
  3. The Compass of Pleasure—David J. Linden
  4. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us—Daniel Pink
  5. 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology—Scott O. Lilienfeld
  6. Identity and the Life Cycle—Erik Erikson
  7. Integral Psychology—Ken Wilber
  8. Internal Family Systems Therapy—Richard Schwartz
  9. The Invisible Gorilla—Christopher Chabris & Daniel Simons
  10. Leaders Eat Last—Simon Sinek
  11. Man and His Symbols—C.G. Jung
  12. The Marshmallow Test—Walter Mischel
  13. The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less—Barry Schwartz
  14. Predictably Irrational—Dan Ariely
  15. Psychosynthesis: A Collection of Basic Writings—Roberto Assagioli
  16. The Red Book: Liber Novus—C.G. Jung
  17. The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life—Thomas Moore
  18. Therapeutically Applied Role-Playing Games—Elizabeth D. Kilmer, Adam Davis, Jared Kilmer, Adam Johns
  19. Tough Times Never Last, but Tough People Do!—Robert Schuller
  20. The Upside of Irrationality—Dan Ariely

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