Recommended Reading

I’ve been asked multiple times for a list of recommended reading via email, probably because I’m an avid book reader (over 100 per year since 2011, about 30 – 50% of them cover to cover).

So, for a brief introduction to what I read…

Here is a short list, non-linked, of what I will call some of my favorite “intellectually stimulating reading,” that will stretch your horizons a bit in some cases, and seem like an old friend in others:

  • Between the Devil and the Dragon by Eric Hoffer
  • How the World Works by Noam Chomsky
  • The Essential Chomsky by Noam Chomsky
  • Life Stories — Profiles from the New Yorker edited by David Remnick
  • Culture of Narcissism by Christopher Lasch
  • The Minimal Self by Christopher Lasch
  • The True and Only Heaven by Christopher Lasch
  • Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace
  • The Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace
  • Both Flesh and Not by David Foster Wallace
  • Do Nothing & Do Everything by Quiguang Zhao
  • The Meaning of Life by John G. Messerly
  • How to Drop Out and Other Essays by Ran Prieur (Lulu)
  • Civilization Will Eat Itself and Other Zines by Ran Prieur (Lulu)
  • Zen Habits by Leo Babauta (forthcoming, unless you backed his Kickstarter)
  • Eckhart Tolle (everything he writes)
  • Malcolm Gladwell (everything he writes — remember, old friend)

There you have it, a little bit of insight into my reading. Here is something that came out of it (so far).  It also influences writing like this and this.