Suggested Reading //

"How to Write Usefully"       by Paul Graham                                                                   http://paulgraham.com/useful.html

"Tradition is Smarter Than You Are"       by Tanner Greer                                  https://scholars-stage.org/tradition-is-smarter-than-you-are/

"The Tail End"     by Tim Urban                                 https://waitbutwhy.com/2015/12/the-tail-end.html

"AI is Here, and There's Nothing You Can Do to Stop it"       by DCInvestor https://dcinvestor.substack.com/p/ai-is-here-and-theres-nothing-you?sd=pf

"Slow Change Interaction Design"     by Martin Siegel & Jordan Beck                      https://interactions.acm.org/archive/view/january-february-2014/slow-change-interaction-design

"The Eight Most Impactful Concepts that Changed My Life"      by Jonathan Bales   https://luckymaverick.substack.com/p/ideas

"I Can Tolerate Anything Except the Outgroup"      by Scott Alexander    https://slatestarcodex.com/2014/09/30/i-can-tolerate-anything-except-the-outgroup/

"Credible Neutrality as a Guiding Principle"       by Vitalik Buterin     https://nakamoto.com/credible-neutrality/

"Compounding Crazy"        by Packy McCormick           https://www.notboring.co/p/compounding-crazy

"Why is it So Hard to be Rational?"       by Josua Rothman     https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/08/23/why-is-it-so-hard-to-be-rational

"In Conversation With Stefano Contiero"       by Jeff Davis         https://beta.cent.co/artblocks/+9plrtj

"The Art of Unlearning"        by Bruce Dixon                         https://modernlearners.com/the-art-of-unlearning/

"Books I've Read"          by Derek Sivers                                                 https://sive.rs/book

"Time May Not Exist"       by Tim Folger         http://discovermagazine.com/2007/jun/in-no-time

 

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SOME FAVORITE BOOKS AND SERIES

THE WAR OF ART by STEVEN PRESSFIELD                                                    Genuinely a life-changing book for any beginning "creative" or blocked person. I will be reading this once per year for the rest of my life (if I know what's good for me.)

THE ART OF LEARNING by JOSH WAITZKIN                                                    Waitzkin is such a brilliant and intuitive thinker, and he excels at explaining the "how". I aspire to gain as much control over my own life as he has over his, which is to say I need to get comfortable letting everything go. This is another yearly read. 

CAN'T HURT ME by DAVID GOGGINS                                                                             Goggins' life story, which includes overcoming a lot of obstacles. This doubles as a self-help book. Be the 1 in 10,000. Keep going! You are a bad ass.

THE ALMANACK OF NAVAL RAVIKANT assembled by ERIC JORGENSON       This is a very digestible book of the ideas that Naval's posted to social media over the years. So much eternal wisdom in easy to swallow capsules. "Become the best in the world at what you do. Keep redefining what you do until this is true."

THE WALKING DRUM by LOUIS L'AMOUR                                                                 L'Amour was primarily known as a writer of westerns, but this book is historical fiction taking place in 12th century Europe. Our main character, Mathurin Kerbouchard, jumps from one dire situation to the next, always demonstrating the exact skill needed to save his life at the last moment. Essentially, the book is wish fulfillment from start to finish, which makes for a very comfy read. 

A LIFE'S WORK by DAVID MILCH                                                                               Milch wrote this memoir in the wake of being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. His style of writing is so smooth to read, which makes his deep thinking something anyone can absorb. What I love most about Milch is he doesn't answer questions straight on, rather he works his way through an answer by way of analogy and story, making the final conclusion much more resonant. 

THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by NEIL GAIMAN                                                                      A breezy piece of fiction that's deceptively deep. This could fit into the Harry Potter universe no problem. Gaiman has a knack for writing great stories, and this is a terrific entry point into his work.

EVERY MAN A MENACE by PATRICK HOFFMAN                                                        This book is structured like a Tarantino movie, split into five parts with the various characters rotating as the narrator in each section. The narrative is also told out of order, but the story works better because of that.

THE FIRST LAW (SERIES) by JOE ABERCROMBIE                                                     The tone of this series is a combination of Lord of the Rings and A Song of Ice and Fire. Maybe a bit bloodier, given the sub-genre is known as "grimdark". Need I say more? In total there are nine books in the series, but start at the start with The Blade Itself. The audiobook version of these novels is the best I've ever heard, because the voice actor, Steven Pacey, is truly the man of a thousand voices.

RED RISING (SERIES) by PIERCE BROWN                                                                  This series is science fiction/fantasy, taking place far enough into the future that most every moon and planet in the solar system has been terraformed to be habitable. There is also a hierarchy between people based on hair and eye color, and it dominates every aspect of life. What happens, though, when someone at the bottom of the food chain is given the opportunity to become someone at the top, with the express purpose of bringing the whole system down? In total there are seven books in this series that gradually increase the story's scope, but the first one - Red Rising - is a mix between Harry Potter and Hunger Games. Not for the weak stomach.