Quite generally, the familiar, just because it is familiar, is not cognitively understood. The commonest way in which we deceive either ourselves or others about understanding is by assuming something as familiar, and accepting it on that account; with all its pros and cons, such knowing never gets anywhere, and it knows not why. Subject and object, God, Nature, Understanding, sensibility, and so on, are uncritically taken for granted as familiar, established as valid, and made into fixed points for starting and stopping. While these remain unmoved, the knowing activity goes back and forth between them, thus moving only on their surface. Apprehending and testing likewise consist in seeing whether everybody's impression of the matter coincides with what is asserted about these fixed points, whether it seems that way to him or not.

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit §31

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Behold the superfluous! They are always sick; they vomit their gall and call it a newspaper. They devour each other and cannot even digest themselves.

Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, On The New Idol

Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business - Neil Postman

Hate Inc. : Why Today's Media Makes Us Despise One Another - Matt Taibbi

The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America - Daniel J. Boorstin

Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media - Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky

The News: A User's Manual - Alain de Botton

Public Opinion - Walter Lippman

Simulacra and Simulation - Jean Baudrillard, translated by Sheila Faria Glaser

The Society of the Spectacle - Guy Debord, translated by Ken Knabb.

Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man - Marshall McLuhan

History, Memoir

The Big Machine - Robert Jungk

Desert Solitaire - Edward Abbey

The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism - Edward E. Baptist

Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India - Shashi Tharoor

Business, Economics

Capital, Volume 1 and Gundrisse - Karl Marx. I found it fulfulling to read these in coordination with David Harvey's lectures, linked here for Capital and Gundrisse. I enjoyed the Ben Fowkes translation of Capital and the Martin Nicolaus translation of Gundrisse.

The Jakarta Method - Vincent Bevins

The Outlaw Bank: A Wild Ride Into the Secret Heart of BCCI - Jonathan Beaty & S.C. Gwynne


Mediations - Marcus Aurelius, translated by Martin Hammond

Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman

The Odyssey - Homer, translated by Emily Wilson


The Conspiracy Against the Human Race - Thomas Ligotti

The Affirmation of Life: Nietzsche on Overcoming Nihilism - Bernard Reginster

Friedrich Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography - Julian Young

Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist - Walter Kaufmann

The Portable Nietzsche - Published by Penguin, Kaufmann's translation, notes, and curated selection of works makes this an excellent resource.

Phenomenology of Spirit - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
My personal highlights

Mental Models

Antifragile - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Crowds and Power - Elias Canetti

Future Shock - Alvin Toffler


Deep Work - Cal Newport

Your Brain at Work - David Rock


What all "management" books should really be.

The Cost of Loyalty: Dishonesty, Hubris, and Failure in the U.S. Military - Tim Bakken

Lying to Ourselves: Dishonesty in the Army Profession - U.S. Strategic Studies Institute

The Manager's Path - Camille Fournier

Turn the Ship Around! : A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders - L. David Marquet

Brian Cantrill's Software Values Trilogy

Genre Fiction

Recommendations below include all sequels, if applicable.

Children of Time - Adrian Tchaikovsky

Eisenhorn - Dan Abnett

Leviathan Wakes - James S. A. Corey

Revelation Space - Alastair Reynolds

The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu

The Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson

The Wheel of Time - Robert Jordan

Literary Journals



Mallmann on Fire - Francis Mallmann

Oaxaca: Home Cooking from the Heart of Mexico - Bricia Lopez, with Javier Cabral

Tartine: A Classic Revisited - Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson

Tartine All Day: Modern Recipes for the Home Cook - Elisabeth Prueitt

Tartine Bread - Chad Robertson and Eric Wolfinger

Carl Griffith's 1847 Oregon Trail Sourdough Starter

The Sifter - Food research and historical cookbooks

Collections of Note notebooks

Five Books

The King's College Cambridge Undergraduate Reading Lists

Pykewater Library

St. John’s College Great Books Reading List


Artvee - Browse and download high-resolution, public domain artworks.

Oblique Strategies