Alright... the point of this thread is to list essential books/essays/works for the brain. In other words, works that are commonly quoted and referenced by intellectuals, academics, etc. (NOT your favorite William Gibson fiction or the latest Michael Moore piece of shit). You don't have to have read the entire thing to list it... but it does need to be an important work. I need to read more productive stuff, and am looking for suggestions!
I'll start things off with a few faves (mostly philosophy/criticism):
Most of Shakespeare (Troilus and Cressida is boring. Skip it.)
The Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences
The Interpretation of Dreams
Civilization and Its Discontents
Beyond the Pleasure Principle
The Psychology of the Unconscious
Discourse on the Method
Thus Spoke Zarathustra
Beyond Good and Evil
The Social Contract
The Power of Myth
The Transcendence of the Ego
What Is Literature?
Madness and Civilization
Writing and Difference
Any collection of essays that sum up Lacan's major theories
more to come....