Scanning miles of sentences remains enormously effective.

I used to keep a goodreads list, and now I'm keeping this one.


A Pattern Language - Christopher Alexander et al

Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell

Zero to One: On Startups Or How to Build the Future - Peter Thiel with Blake Masters

Iron Council - China Miéville

Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life, in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies - Geoffrey West

Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk - Peter Bernstein

Actionable Gamification: Beyond Points, Badges, & Leaderboards - Yu-kai Chou

Testament - G. C. Waldrep

"Consciousness has a breakeven aesthetic."


The Sublime Object of Ideology - Slavoj Zizek

Black Elk - Nicholas Black Elk

How to Write a Sentence - Stanley Fish

Permanent Record - Edward Snowden

On Growth and Form - D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson (published in 1917, recommended by Geoffrey West in Scale)

Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World - Time Marshall

Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words - David Whyte

Des Choses Cachées depuis la Fondation du Monde - Réne Girard

Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World - Réne Girard

At the Mountains of Madness - Howard Philiips Lovecraft

H.P. Lovecraft: Contre le monde, contre la vie - Michel Houellebecq

The Origins of the World, Volume 1: Before Sarajevo - Sidney Bradshaw Fay

Safe Area Gorazde - Joe Sacco

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values - Robert M. Pirsig

Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics - Tim Marshall (First chapter on Russia builds from Russia's long history to make geopoliticl arguments for recent moves like taking Crimea to secure Sevastapol, the warm-water port)

Black Swan Green - David Mitchell (Coming of age story of a young poet in a small town; meets Madame Crommelynk from Cloud Atlas, who teaches him about beauty and truth)

The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoevsky

Common Sense: The Origin and Design of Government - Thomas Paine

Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained - Milton

De Anima (On the Soul) - Aristotle

Spinoza: Complete Works - Spinoza

Modern Principles of Economics - Tyler Cowen & Alex Tabarrok

Lords of Finance: The Bankers that Broke the World - Liaquat Ahamed

The Twenty Years' Crisis - E. H. Carr

Politics Among Nations - Hans Morgenthau (multipolar more stable than bipolar & innate desire for power) 1948

Theory of International Politics - Kenneth N. Waltz (structural realism--survival; challenges Morgenthau's multipolar) 1979

The Tragedy of Great Power Politics - John J. Mearsheimer (offensive realism) 2001

Serotonin - Michel Houellebecq

Serotonine - Michel Houellebecq

The Big Sea - Langston Hughes

What Doesn't Kill Us - Scott Carney (unlocking/activating deep physiological capabilities)

The Ascent of Money - Niall Ferguson

Big Debt Crises - Ray Dalio

Aquinas: A Summary of Philosophy - Richard J. Regan (translated & edited)

Beyond Good and Evil - Freidrich Nietzsche

The White Goddess - Robert Graves

The Gulag Archipelago - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Submission - Michel Houellebecq

Soumission - Michel Houellebecq

An Introduction to English Poetry - James Fenton

Metamorphoses - Ovid

Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace

Ordinary Unhappiness - Jon Baskin

Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play-Element in Culture - Johan Huizinga

Collected Poems - Mark Strand


The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet - David Mitchell

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos - Jordan B. Peterson

Digital Minimalism - Cal Newport

Never Split the Difference - Chris Voss with Tahl Raz

Getting to Yes - Roger Fisher & William Ury

Negotiation Genius - Deepak Malhotra & Max Bazerman

Conscious - Annika Harris

The Consolations of Philosophy - Alain de Botton

Facing Unpleasant Facts - George Orwell

By Erik van Mechelen

How to Win at Diplomacy

Beginner's Guide to Octalysis Prime

Rise to the Rahz

Sound of Stone