How to Change Your Mind

How to Change Your Mind

Michael Pollan

Pollan has written a deep and important book. He does an excellent job telling the history of psychedelics, giving an overview of the science of consciousness they are being used to study, and most importantly, giving an inside look at the experience of using them.

Deep Work

Deep Work

Cal Newport

This came highly recommended by many people, which could be why I was a bit disappointed there wasn’t more to it. The core of the book can be captured in one sentence: organize your life so that you spend as much time as possible working on important, difficult things.

Lincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo

George Saunders

Still fresh from the experience of reading it, I feel like this could be my favorite work of fiction I’ve ever read.

Paradise Rot

Paradise Rot

Jenny Hval

Jenny Hval is a Norwegian musician that I quite like. This is a short novel, recently translated into English, about rotting apples, urine, and sexual discovery.

The Soul of the Marionette

The Soul of the Marionette

John Gray

After having previously read a handful of Gray’s books, there’s very little in them that still surprises me. I read this mainly as part of my on-going research for a project I call ‘Life Under Hard Determinism’, an exploration of what it means to take the hard determinist stance seriously.

The Conspiracy Against the Human Race

The Conspiracy Against the Human Race

Thomas Ligotti

Reading Ligotti’s book will let you know how far down the rabbit hole of nihilism you have the courage to go. The main thrust of his argument is that the form of consciousness inhabiting the heads of humankind is a tragic mistake of evolution, one we should end by voluntarily abstaining from further procreation.

Outline / Transit / Kudos

Outline / Transit / Kudos

Rachel Cusk

Reading these three novels right after reading Galen Strawson’s book, I found myself seeing connections to themes he had written about, regarding the self-deception of believing there is a story that can make sense of one’s life.

Things That Bother Me

Things That Bother Me

Galen Strawson

I discovered Strawson’s work through his writing on free will. This collection of essays covers that topic as well as others, all with a dry wit that I enjoyed. The essay that some readers seem to have had the hardest time with was the one I most enjoyed, where he argues that it’s philosophically simpler to assume all matter has some form of consciousness, since we know for certain that we are a form of matter with consciousness.

What is Real?

What is Real?

Adam Becker

A detailed look at how Niels Bohr ‘brainwashed’ a generation of physicists into accepting the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum physics. The spoiler here is that no alternative explanation is currently widely agreed upon. As Becker acknowledges in the last chapter, it’s disappointing to learn the degree to which political maneuvers and unquestioning ideology shaped the history of the field.

Wholeness and the Implicate Order

Wholeness and the Implicate Order

David Bohm

Bohm blends physics and philosophy to describe his revolutionary idea of implicate and explicate order. Parts of this book are accessible only to those with an advanced understanding of physics (not me), but I found it to be one of the most daring and creative books I’ve ever read.

Kant’s Philosophical Revolution

Kant’s Philosophical Revolution

Yirmiyahu Yovel

I did not have a chance to read Kant during my university education, so coming to his thinking now has been a huge revelation. This book does exactly what I’d hoped, which is offer a serious but accessible overview of Kant’s most important work.

The Open Society and Its Enemies

The Open Society and Its Enemies

Karl Popper

This is not an easy or quick read, but it’s worth the struggle. Popper carefully works through a thorough takedown of the totalitarian elements in Plato’s philosophy, the prophetic elements of Marx’s system, and, well, everything about Hegel, while defending the ideals of open-ended debate and democracy.

Free Will

Free Will

Sam Harris

Harris’ presentation is concise, enjoyable and pursuasive. I can’t entirely recommend it, though, because it feels like Harris doesn’t flesh out his arguments fully, nor does he spend much time on prior literature in the field. However, it does serve as a useful introduction to the idea of free will.

The Character of Physical Law

The Character of Physical Law

Richard Feynman

I picked this up on the recommendation of Susan Fowler. Of the Feynman literature I’ve read, this one was my favorite. The lectures that make up the book were aimed at a non-specialist audience, so the material is accessible while still being fairly deep. I particularly enjoyed chapter 5, “The Distinction of Past and Future.”

Moby Dick

Moby Dick

Herman Melville

An enjoyable beginning and end with a very long and tedious middle.

My Brilliant Friend

My Brilliant Friend

Elena Ferrante

Fresh off reading Middlemarch, I couldn’t help but see parallels between the struggles of the young in both novels to rise above the place they were born into. The violence and passion of this story gives it an uncommon edge.

The Utopia of Rules

The Utopia of Rules

David Graeber

This volume is comprised of previously published essays, many of them centered on Graeber's analysis of bureaucracy. In his view, not only does bureaucracy create stupid behavior, but more importantly, it works to prop up social situations founded on structural violence. Graeber speaks of the complexity of actual human relationships, the value of political imagination, and the tangled connection between rules, freedom and play.

Middlemarch

Middlemarch

George Eliot

Reading this rekindled my love of massive old novels. What struck me most acutely is the depiction of how the narrowness of others’ expectations can crush almost anyone. Nearly every character finds their life shaped by the disappointment of discovering that their relationships are based on each partners’ false ideals of the other.

The Ascent of Man

The Ascent of Man

Jacob Bronowski

I read this mainly on the recommendation of David Deutsch. It’s in the same vein as other sweeping histories of humanity, society and science (think Sapiens or A Brief History of Nearly Everything), but has a more poetic and moral tone at crucial points. Bronowski shares with Deutsch the belief that scientific knowledge will inexorably grow, but also stresses that it is always threatened by a pendulum swing back to tyranny and dogmatism.

Bullshit Jobs

Bullshit Jobs

David Graeber

This book gave substance to my own gut feelings about the bullshit-nature of so much that goes on in the modern workplace. I read this at the right time in my life and it’s felt a bit life changing. Graeber is an excellent writer and theorist and manages to be radical without being dogmatic.

The Dream of Reason

The Dream of Reason

Anthony Gottlieb

Makes clear just how wrong most philosophy (for that matter, all human understanding) has been over the course of history. It has largely been gropings in the dark, some better intentioned than others. But this book deserves the praise it has received, as it’s an excellent overview of early philosophy.

The Beginning of Infinity [2nd reading]

The Beginning of Infinity [2nd reading]

David Deutsch

When I initially read this in early 2017 I found myself balking at many of Deutsch’s stances. Coming back to it after reading Magee and Gottlieb's books, I discovered that I was now much more philosophically aligned with it. Many of the more speculative claims that Deutsch makes are difficult to judge one way or the other, but the main message was incredibly inspiring: we must pursue knowledge with the understanding that no matter how much we know, it’s only the beginning of all possible knowledge.

The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale

Margaret Atwood

I read this in fits and starts over the course of months. I kept hoping that the narrator would rebel and destroy the claustrophobic world Atwood created, but it turned out it’s not that kind of book.

Strangers to Ourselves

Strangers to Ourselves

Timothy D. Wilson

This book came highly recommended by Nassim Taleb. The main thrust is this: our unconscious mind plays a larger role in our lives than we suspect and is often at odds with our conscious thoughts. Wilson recommends ways of bringing the conscious and unconscious into greater alignment.

Confessions of a Philosopher

Confessions of a Philosopher

Bryan Magee

Magee has written a grand tour of philosophy from an autobiographical perspective. He is an excellent expositor of both the philosophy he loves (Popper, Schopenhauer) and detests (logical positivism). This book (along with Gottlieb’s two books) was very useful in helping me to clarify my own philosophical beliefs.

The Idea Factory

The Idea Factory

Jon Gertner

The Dream of Enlightenment

The Dream of Enlightenment

Anthony Gottlieb

Tao Te Ching

Tao Te Ching

Stephen Mitchell

How Not to be Wrong

How Not to be Wrong

Jordan Ellenberg

The Lives of a Cell

The Lives of a Cell

Lewis Thomas

Thinking in Systems [2nd reading]
On the Shortness of Life

On the Shortness of Life

Seneca

This collection of three essays is one of the best places to start with the writing of Seneca as well as the Stoic tradition. The classic themes are all here: avoid wasting your time on superficial endeavors, seek after wisdom and moral clarity, protect your happiness from the unpredictable turns of chance.

The Hero With a Thousand Faces
Ways of Seeing

Ways of Seeing

John Berger

The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind

The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind

Julian Jaynes

A very strange book, but one that has become a cult classic since its publication in 1976. Jaynes’ theory is that up until several thousand years ago, humans did not possess a form of self-consciousness that we would recognize as our own. Instead, they heard the ‘voice of the gods’ in their heads and felt compelled to obey their commandments.

Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Emperor of All Maladies

The Emperor of All Maladies

Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Gene

The Gene

Siddhartha Mukherjee

A Beautiful Question

A Beautiful Question

Frank Wilczek

Tenth of December

Tenth of December

George Saunders

Six Easy Pieces

Six Easy Pieces

Richard Feynman

Time Travel

Time Travel

James Gleick

How to Fly a Horse

How to Fly a Horse

Kevin Ashton

The Ascent of Money

The Ascent of Money

Niall Ferguson

A Listener’s Guide to Free Improvisation
Homo Deus

Homo Deus

Yuval Noah Harai

Mortality

Mortality

Christopher Hitchens

When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air

Paul Kalanithi

An incredibly moving story about Paul’s diagnosis of cancer and his struggle to confront the meaning of his life and the prospect of his death.

Man

Man's Search for Meaning

Viktor Frankl

Frankl tells the harrowing story of his time in a concentration camp and his discovery of how one can still retain a sense of the beauty and meaning of life even in the face of this experience.

Stories of Your Life and Others
The Nature of Order: The Phenomenon of Life

The Nature of Order: The Phenomenon of Life

Christopher Alexander

Straw Dogs [2nd reading]

Straw Dogs [2nd reading]

John Gray

The Beginning of Infinity
A Brief History of Nearly Everything
Sapiens

Sapiens

Yuval Noah Harari

Superforcasting

Superforcasting

Philip E. Tetlock & Dan Gardner

The Selfish Gene

The Selfish Gene

Richard Dawkins

Competing Against Luck

Competing Against Luck

Clayton M. Christensen

The Humbling

The Humbling

Philip Roth

Managing Oneself

Managing Oneself

Peter F. Drucker

I’ve often recommended this short book as a useful tool to diagnose your strengths and weaknesses. It asks you to answer a handful of questions (for instance, ‘Am I a reader or a listener?’) and recommends that you focus more on improving your strengths rather than trying to improve your weaknesses. The conclusions likely won’t come as a surprise, but it will be a helpful reminder that life is far better when you work with your instincts rather than against them.

Business Adventures

Business Adventures

John Brooks

The Lessons of History

The Lessons of History

Will & Ariel Durant

How to Lie with Statistics
Thinking and Deciding

Thinking and Deciding

Jonathan Baron

How to Read a Book

How to Read a Book

Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren

Descartes’ Error

Descartes’ Error

Antonio Damasio

Against Method

Against Method

Paul Feyerabend

Antifragile

Antifragile

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The Drunkard’s Walk

The Drunkard’s Walk

Leonard Mlodinow

Ancient Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction
Getting Things Done

Getting Things Done

David Allen

The Meaning of Human Existence
Red Doc>

Red Doc>

Anne Carson

How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

Thomas S. Kuhn

Other Voices, Other Rooms
The Passion of Michel Foucault
American Pastoral

American Pastoral

Philip Roth

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
Drawing A Hypothesis

Drawing A Hypothesis

Nikolaus Gansterer

The Information

The Information

James Gleick

Herakleitos and Diogenes

Herakleitos and Diogenes

Herakleitos and Diogenes

Superintelligence

Superintelligence

Nick Bostrom

Meditations

Meditations

Marcus Aurelius

The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You are
Sex at Dawn

Sex at Dawn

Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha

Monogamy

Monogamy

Adam Phillips

Chronicles: Volume 1
Against Love

Against Love

Laura Kipnis

Sonic Alchemy

Sonic Alchemy

David N. Howard

Tinkers

Tinkers

Paul Harding

The Martian

The Martian

Andy Weir

Flowers for Algernon

Flowers for Algernon

Daniel Keyes

Zero to One

Zero to One

Peter Thiel

Badass: Making Users Awesome
Debt: The First 5,000 Years
The Dwarf

The Dwarf

Par Lagerkvist

The Age of Cryptocurrency

The Age of Cryptocurrency

Paul Vigna & Michael J. Casey

The Box

The Box

Marc Levinson

Indignation

Indignation

Philip Roth

Death by Meeting

Death by Meeting

Patrick Lencioni

Seeking Wisdom

Seeking Wisdom

Peter Bevelin

The Golden Mean

The Golden Mean

Nick Bantock

Sabine’s Notebook

Sabine’s Notebook

Nick Bantock

Griffin & Sabine

Griffin & Sabine

Nick Bantock

The Saga of Gösta Berling

The Saga of Gösta Berling

Selma Lagerlöf

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Jonathan Safran Foer

The Mezzanine

The Mezzanine

Nicholson Baker

Doctor Glas

Hjalmar Söderberg

4 stars

Doctor Glas

Hjalmar Söderberg

4 stars

The Sexual Life of Catherine M.

Catherine Millet

4 stars

The Sexual Life of Catherine M.

Catherine Millet

4 stars

Anarchists in the Boardroom

Liam Barrington-Bush

2 stars

Anarchists in the Boardroom

Liam Barrington-Bush

2 stars

The Innovator’s DNA

Jeff Dyer

3 stars

The Innovator’s DNA

Jeff Dyer

3 stars

Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy

Barbara Ehrenreich

5 stars

Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy

Barbara Ehrenreich

5 stars

The Harvard Psychedelic Club

Don Lattin

3 stars

The Harvard Psychedelic Club

Don Lattin

3 stars

The Hard Thing About Hard Things

Ben Horowitz

4 stars

The Hard Thing About Hard Things

Ben Horowitz

4 stars

The Innovator’s Solution

Clayton Christensen

5 stars

The Innovator’s Solution

Clayton Christensen

5 stars

The Happiness Hypothesis

Jonathan Haidt

5 stars

The Happiness Hypothesis

Jonathan Haidt

5 stars

Way of the Peaceful Warrior

Dan Millman

4 stars

Way of the Peaceful Warrior

Dan Millman

4 stars

The Personal MBA

Josh Kaufman

3 stars

The Personal MBA

Josh Kaufman

3 stars

Levels of Life

Julian Barnes

3 stars

Levels of Life

Julian Barnes

3 stars

Future Perfect

Future Perfect

Steven Johnson

3 stars

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Neil Gaiman

4 stars

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Neil Gaiman

4 stars

Rich Dad Poor Dad

Robert T. Kiyosaki

2 stars

Rich Dad Poor Dad

Robert T. Kiyosaki

2 stars

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Patrick M. Lencioni

4 stars

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Patrick M. Lencioni

4 stars

Let My People Go Surfing

Yvon Chouinard

4 stars

Let My People Go Surfing

Yvon Chouinard

4 stars

World War Z

Max Brooks

4 stars

World War Z

Max Brooks

4 stars

The Silence of Animals: On Progress and Other Modern Myths

John Gray

4 stars

The Silence of Animals: On Progress and Other Modern Myths

John Gray

4 stars

Ten Billion

Stephen Emmott

3 stars

Ten Billion

Stephen Emmott

3 stars

The Guardians

Sarah Manguso

3 stars

The Guardians

Sarah Manguso

3 stars

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Stephen Chbosky

3 stars

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Stephen Chbosky

3 stars

Blind

Sophie Calle

4 stars

Blind

Sophie Calle

4 stars

The Stars My Destination

Alfred Bester

3 stars

The Stars My Destination

Alfred Bester

3 stars

The Tao of Wu

The RZA

3 stars

The Tao of Wu

The RZA

3 stars

UX for Lean Startups

Laura Klein

4 stars

UX for Lean Startups

Laura Klein

4 stars

Inspired: How To Create Products Customers Love

Marty Cagan

4 stars

Inspired: How To Create Products Customers Love

Marty Cagan

4 stars

Rules for Radicals

Saul Alinsky

4 stars

Rules for Radicals

Saul Alinsky

4 stars

Creative Collaborations

Marc Downie, Shelley Eshkar, and Paul Kaiser

4 stars

Creative Collaborations

Marc Downie, Shelley Eshkar, and Paul Kaiser

4 stars

Old Masters

Thomas Bernhard

3 stars

Old Masters

Thomas Bernhard

3 stars

The Comfort of Strangers

Ian McEwan

3 stars

The Comfort of Strangers

Ian McEwan

3 stars

Close to the Machine: Technophilia and Its Discontents

Ellen Ullman

4 stars

Close to the Machine: Technophilia and Its Discontents

Ellen Ullman

4 stars

Beautiful Evidence

Edward Tufte

5 stars

Beautiful Evidence

Edward Tufte

5 stars

The Design of Everyday Things

Donald A. Norman

4 stars

The Design of Everyday Things

Donald A. Norman

4 stars

Designing with the Mind in Mind

Jeff Johnson

2 stars

Designing with the Mind in Mind

Jeff Johnson

2 stars

Why We Buy

Paco Underhill

3 stars

Why We Buy

Paco Underhill

3 stars

Web Form Design

Luke Wroblewski

3 stars

Web Form Design

Luke Wroblewski

3 stars

Designing for People

Henry Dreyfuss

5 stars

Designing for People

Henry Dreyfuss

5 stars

Buddhism Without Beliefs

Stephen Batchelor

4 stars

Buddhism Without Beliefs

Stephen Batchelor

4 stars

Catching the Big Fish

David Lynch

3 stars

Catching the Big Fish

David Lynch

3 stars

Recipes for Systemic Change

Bryan Boyer, Justin W. Cook & Marco Steinberg

4 stars

Recipes for Systemic Change

Bryan Boyer, Justin W. Cook & Marco Steinberg

4 stars

The Unexpected Universe

Loren Eiseley

5 stars

The Unexpected Universe

Loren Eiseley

5 stars

The Sorrows of Young Werther

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

3 stars

The Sorrows of Young Werther

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

3 stars

Designing Design

Kenya Hara

5 stars

Designing Design

Kenya Hara

5 stars

Next Nature: Nature Changes Along with Us

Koert Van Mensvoort and Hendrik-Jan Grievink

4 stars

Next Nature: Nature Changes Along with Us

Koert Van Mensvoort and Hendrik-Jan Grievink

4 stars

A Mathematician’s Lament

A Mathematician’s Lament

Paul Lockhart

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art

Scott McCloud

5 stars

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art

Scott McCloud

5 stars

Universal Methods of Design

Bella Martin and Bruce Hanington

3 stars

Universal Methods of Design

Bella Martin and Bruce Hanington

3 stars

Small Houses

Claudia Hildner

5 stars

Small Houses

Claudia Hildner

5 stars

100 Diagrams That Changed the World

Scott Christianson

4 stars

100 Diagrams That Changed the World

Scott Christianson

4 stars

Shaping Things

Bruce Sterling

4 stars

Shaping Things

Bruce Sterling

4 stars

Thinking in Systems: A Primer

          Donella H. Meadows

          4 stars

Thinking in Systems: A Primer

Donella H. Meadows

4 stars

About Face 3: The Essentials of Interaction Design

          Alan Cooper

          5 stars

About Face 3: The Essentials of Interaction Design

Alan Cooper

5 stars

Sophie Calle: The Address Book

          Sophie Calle

          5 stars

Sophie Calle: The Address Book

Sophie Calle

5 stars

The Inmates Are Running the Asylum

          Alan Cooper

          5 stars

The Inmates Are Running the Asylum

Alan Cooper

5 stars

Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists

          Kay Larson

          4 stars

Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists

Kay Larson

4 stars

A Year With Swollen Appendices: Brian Eno’s Diary

          Brian Eno

          5 stars

A Year With Swollen Appendices: Brian Eno’s Diary

Brian Eno

5 stars

Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age

          Paul Graham

          4 stars

Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age

Paul Graham

4 stars

The Daily You: How the New Advertising Industry Is Defining Your Identity and Your Worth

The Daily You: How the New Advertising Industry Is Defining Your Identity and Your Worth

Joseph Turow

4 stars

The Men in My Life

          Vivian Gornick

          4 stars

The Men in My Life

Vivian Gornick

4 stars

Antigonick

          Anne Carson

          3 stars

Antigonick

Anne Carson

3 stars

Scientific Advertising

          Claude C Hopkins

          4 stars

Scientific Advertising

Claude C Hopkins

4 stars

How Will You Measure Your Life?

          Clayton M. Christensen

          5 stars

How Will You Measure Your Life?

Clayton M. Christensen

5 stars

Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West

          Cormac McCarthy

          5 stars

Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West

Cormac McCarthy

5 stars

It’s Not How Good You Are, Its How Good You Want to Be
          Paul Arden

          4 stars

It’s Not How Good You Are, Its How Good You Want to Be

Paul Arden

4 stars

Managing Oneself
          Peter Ferdinand Drucker
          4 stars

Managing Oneself

Peter Ferdinand Drucker

4 stars

Breakfast at Tiffany’s: A Short Novel and Three Stories

          Truman Capote

          4 stars

Breakfast at Tiffany’s: A Short Novel and Three Stories

Truman Capote

4 stars

The Sense of an Ending

          Julian Barnes

          4 stars

The Sense of an Ending

Julian Barnes

4 stars

How to Read Wittgenstein

          Ray Monk

          3 stars

How to Read Wittgenstein

Ray Monk

3 stars

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

          Anne Lamott

          5 stars

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Anne Lamott

The 48 Laws of Power

          Robert Greene

          5 stars

The 48 Laws of Power

Robert Greene

5 stars

Designing Interactions

Designing Interactions

Bill Moggridge

Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

          William Styron

          4 stars

Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

William Styron

4 stars

Steve Jobs

          Walter Isaacson

          4 stars

Steve Jobs

Walter Isaacson

4 stars

The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development

          Brant Cooper

          4 stars

The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development

Brant Cooper

4 stars

Thinking, Fast and Slow

          Daniel Kahneman

          5 stars

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Daniel Kahneman

5 stars

The Human Stain

          Philip Roth

          4 stars

The Human Stain

Philip Roth

4 stars

On the Shortness of Life

          Seneca

          5 stars

On the Shortness of Life

Seneca

The Innovator’s Dilemma

          Clayton M. Christensen

          5 stars

The Innovator’s Dilemma

Clayton M. Christensen

5 stars

The Lean Startup

          Eric Ries

          4 stars

The Lean Startup

Eric Ries

4 stars

To the Lighthouse

          Virginia Woolf

          4 stars

To the Lighthouse

Virginia Woolf

4 stars

Understanding Design

          Kees Dorst

          3 stars

Understanding Design

Kees Dorst

3 stars

Function, Restraint, and Subversion in Typography

          J. Namdev Hardisty

          4 stars

Function, Restraint, and Subversion in Typography

J. Namdev Hardisty

4 stars

A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments

          Roland Barthes

          2 stars

A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments

Roland Barthes

2 stars

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

          Alain De Botton

          4 stars

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

Alain De Botton

4 stars

101 Things I Learned in Business School

          Michael W. Preis

          2 stars

101 Things I Learned in Business School

Michael W. Preis

2 stars

Dying Inside

          Robert Silverberg

          3 stars

Dying Inside

Robert Silverberg

3 stars

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

          Andrew Bolton

          4 stars

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Andrew Bolton

4 stars

The Timeless Way of Building

          Christopher Alexander

          4 stars

The Timeless Way of Building

Christopher Alexander

4 stars

Thinking Architecture

          Peter Zumthor

          4 stars

Thinking Architecture

Peter Zumthor

4 stars

Venus in Furs

          Leopold von Sacher Masoch

          4 stars

Venus in Furs

Leopold von Sacher Masoch

4 stars

End of the Affair

          Graham Greene

          3 stars

End of the Affair

Graham Greene

3 stars

The Art of Looking Sideways

          Alan Fletcher

          4 stars

The Art of Looking Sideways

Alan Fletcher

4 stars

The Invention of Morel

          Adolfo Bioy Casares

          3 stars

The Invention of Morel

Adolfo Bioy Casares

3 stars

The Art of Travel

          Alain De Botton

          4 stars

The Art of Travel

Alain De Botton

4 stars

Ariel

          Sylvia Plath

          3 stars

Ariel

Sylvia Plath

3 stars

Information Dashboard Design: The Effective Visual Communication of Data

          Stephen Few

          5 stars

Information Dashboard Design: The Effective Visual Communication of Data

Stephen Few

5 stars

A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

          William B. Irvine

          4 stars

A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

William B. Irvine

4 stars

Wetlands

          Charlotte Roche

          3 stars

Wetlands

Charlotte Roche

3 stars

Eating the Dinosaur

          Chuck Klosterman

          4 stars

Eating the Dinosaur

Chuck Klosterman

4 stars

Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems

          Steve Krug

          4 stars

Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems

Steve Krug

4 stars

The Medium is the Massage

          Marshall McLuhan

          4 stars

The Medium is the Massage

Marshall McLuhan

4 stars

Metaphors We Live By

Metaphors We Live By

George Lakoff

Dan Flavin: A Retrospective

          Michael Govan

          3 stars

Dan Flavin: A Retrospective

Michael Govan

3 stars

If One Thing Matters, Everything Matters

          Wolfgang Tillmans

          2 stars

If One Thing Matters, Everything Matters

Wolfgang Tillmans

2 stars

The Voice Imitator

          Thomas Bernhard

          2 stars

The Voice Imitator

Thomas Bernhard

2 stars

Notes on the Synthesis of Form

Notes on the Synthesis of Form

Christopher Alexander

101 Things I Learned in Fashion School

          Alfredo Cabrera

          4 stars

101 Things I Learned in Fashion School

Alfredo Cabrera

4 stars

Unknown Halsman

          Oliver Halsman Rosenberg

          4 stars

Unknown Halsman

Oliver Halsman Rosenberg

4 stars

Design: A Very Short Introduction

          John Heskett

          3 stars

Design: A Very Short Introduction

John Heskett

3 stars

Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation

          Steven Johnson

          4 stars

Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation

Steven Johnson

4 stars

Ordering Disorder: Grid Principles for Web Design

          Khoi Vinh

          3 stars

Ordering Disorder: Grid Principles for Web Design

Khoi Vinh

3 stars

Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams

          Klaus Klemp

          4 stars

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C

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White

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Economy of the Unlost

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Grid Systems: Principles of Organizing Type

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          4 stars

Grid Systems: Principles of Organizing Type

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Civilization and Its Discontents

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Civilization and Its Discontents

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The Laws of Simplicity

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          2 stars

The Laws of Simplicity

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2 stars

Everyman

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          4 stars

Everyman

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4 stars

The Eye

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          3 stars

The Eye

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3 stars

Eros the Bittersweet

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          4 stars

Eros the Bittersweet

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Getting Real

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          4 stars

Getting Real

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Take Care of Yourself

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Take Care of Yourself

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          2 stars

The Unquiet Grave: A Word Cycle by Palinurus

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2 stars

Short Talks

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          3 stars

Short Talks

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If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho

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          5 stars

If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho

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The Black Swan

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          3 stars

The Black Swan

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3 stars

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          5 stars

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5 stars

The Consolations of Philosophy

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          4 stars

The Consolations of Philosophy

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4 stars

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          3 stars

What Are Intellectuals Good For?

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3 stars

Decreation

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          4 stars

Decreation

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Glass, Irony and God

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          3 stars

Glass, Irony and God

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Nox

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          5 stars

Nox

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Men in the Off Hours

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          5 stars

Men in the Off Hours

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Double Game

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          4 stars

Double Game

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Maxims

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          5 stars

Maxims

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          3 stars

Graphic Design Theory: Readings from the Field

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3 stars

The Architecture of Happiness

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          4 stars

The Architecture of Happiness

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4 stars

Interaction of Color

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          3 stars

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Thinking with Type

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          4 stars

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Designing Visual Interfaces

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Life and Times of Michael K: A Novel

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The Basketball Diaries

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          3 stars

The Basketball Diaries

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Angels

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          4 stars

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4 stars

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          2 stars

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Consider the Lobster and Other Essays

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          4 stars

Consider the Lobster and Other Essays

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A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again

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          4 stars

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Infinite Jest

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          5 stars

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Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

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          4 stars

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4 stars

Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!

          Richard P. Feynman

          4 stars

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          3 stars

The Game

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The Coming Insurrection

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          1 star

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          5 stars

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Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees

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The Beauty of the Husband

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On Love

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Status Anxiety

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Biology as Ideology: The Doctrine of DNA

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Biology as Ideology: The Doctrine of DNA

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Plainwater

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          4 stars

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Autobiography of Red

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          4 stars

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White Teeth

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          4 stars

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          4 stars

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

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          4 stars

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On Beauty

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On Beauty

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Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature

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          4 stars

Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature

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The Moviegoer

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          1 star

The Moviegoer

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1 star

Mating

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          3 stars

Mating

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God Is Dead

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Violence

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          4 stars

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