Reading List

What follows is not a list of my favorite books & articles -- indeed, many of my most beloved pieces of fiction have been left off. Rather, the primary criteria for inclusion on this list is that the piece is "interesting", from an "ideas" perspective. I don't necessarily endorse or even agree with all of the ideas presented, but I find them all thought-provoking in one way or another.

I find myself tempted to arrange the following into categories for easier consumption, but in attempting such an exercise, I run into the problem where most of these works are interesting precisely because they resist categorization -- or rather, their nominal categorization is limiting, obscuring the broad applicability of their ideas which, I believe, in part makes them so interesting to me.

Thus, for now, they are presented in no particular order.

Gödel, Escher, Bach - Douglas R. Hofstadter

How Complex Systems Fail - Richard I. Cook, M.D.

Destruction and Creation - Col. John Boyd

Boyd - Robert Coram

Guns, Germs, and Steel - Jared Diamond

The Tangled Tree - David Quammen

The Elephant in the Brain - Kevin Simler and Robin Hanson

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth - Col. Chris Hadfield

On Bullshit - Harry G. Frankfurt

Thinking, Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman

The Organization Man - William H. Whyte

The Nature of the Firm - R. H. Coase

Siddhartha - Herman Hesse

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert M. Pirsig

The Federalist - Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay

Moneyball - Michael Lewis

The Cathedral and the Bazaar - Eric S. Raymond

A Little Big Idea Called Legibility - Venkatesh Rao

A Lifetime of Systems Thinking - Russell Ackoff

The Agile Manifesto

Starship Troopers - Robert A. Heinlein

The Tragedy of the Commons - Garrett Hardin

Utilitarianism - John Stuart Mill

The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand


Bored People Quit - Michael Lopp

The Update, The Vent, and The Disaster - Michael Lopp

Paul Graham

Lenticular Design - Mark Rosewater

Declaration of Digital Independence - Larry Sanger

The Extraordinary Leader - John H. Zenger & Joseph R. Folkman

Walden - Henry David Thoreau

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