Books That Inspire 2003

The Will to Power
Friedrich Nietzsche

In many ways, Friedrich Nietzsche's Will to Power is a difficult book, in that it is a posthumous collection of notebook jottings that seek to analyze and criticize the moral, political, and aesthetic conditions of an emergent modernity. This book has been an inspiration for me during many dark times in graduate school, because it shows an honest attempt to understand the tendencies of invisible but real forces in culture, and each essay is a “thought experiment” that attempts to work through a major problem, from multiple points of view. Sometimes witty and sometimes sour, these aphorisms pose challenges that make failing an exam seem insignificant.
Thomas Mical
Assistant Professor
College of Architecture