Antonio García Martínez

Antonio García Martínez

Wrote 'Chaos Monkeys' (https://t.co/LHo7Hb5gz2). Formerly @facebook, @ycombinator. גם זה יעבור 🇺🇲🇨🇺🇪🇸

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90+ Book Recommendations by Antonio García Martínez

  • The Genetic Lottery

    Kathryn Paige Harden

    Currently reading this by @kph3k. Out Sept. 21st anywhere fine books are sold. She and I will be chatting for Pull Request in a couple of weeks. https://t.co/lchZPkWIF4

  • The Gun

    C. J. Chivers

    @cjchivers Just to fanboy on Chivers a bit, his book 'The Gun' is a fascinating history of one of the most impactful inventions of the 20th-century, the AK-47, and how it completely changed the nature of ground war. https://t.co/s7hNLlr0t8

  • The Fighters

    C. J. Chivers

    “A classic of war reporting...The author’s stories give heart-rending meaning to the lives and deaths of these men and women, even if policymakers generally have not.” —The New York Times Pulitzer Prize winner C.J. Chivers’s unvarnished account of modern combat, told through the eyes of the fighters who have waged America’s longest wars. More than 2.7 million Americans have served in Afghanistan or Iraq since September 11, 2001. C.J. Chivers reported from both wars from their beginnings. The Fighters vividly conveys the physical and emotional experience of war as lived by six combatants: a fighter pilot, a corpsman, a scout helicopter pilot, a grunt, an infantry officer, and a Special Forces sergeant. Chivers captures their courage, commitment, sense of purpose, and ultimately their suffering, frustration, and moral confusion as new enemies arise and invasions give way to counterinsurgency duties for which American forces were often not prepared. The Fighters is a tour de force, a portrait of modern warfare that parts from slogans to do for American troops what Stephen Ambrose did for the G.I.s of World War II and Michael Herr for the grunts in Vietnam. Told with the empathy and understanding of an author who is himself an infantry veteran, The Fighters presents the long arc of two wars.

    Reading @cjchivers' excellent 'The Fighters', which is just spectacular war reporting on the 'forever wars'. Such sacrifice for such an undeserving and confused leadership class. https://t.co/ehHRvgIdXH

  • The Deep Places

    Ross Douthat

    This is his latest, out next month. https://t.co/2DfW2e4zsb

  • The unique thing about Israeli history, aside from the absolutely wild and improbable adventure of its founding, is how all the main characters and their derring-do is in living memory still: it’s like reading about the Founding Fathers in the 1820s. https://t.co/fE3a3QAIsg

  • An Anxious Age

    Joseph Bottum

    Theory: Protestantism is never created nor destroyed, it's merely converted into different forms. https://t.co/aHfXOyVSVk

  • This fascinating book explores the millenarianism that flourished in western Europe between the eleventh and sixteenth centuries. Cohn covers the full range of revolutionary and anarchic sects and movements in medieval Europe.

    Christian millenarianism, specifically its frequency and intensity, is one of those (many) oddities of the religion. None of this is new; in fact, it's happened with almost every major catastrophe for the past 2,000 years. https://t.co/uQrGxKBlEi

  • Tournament of Shadows

    Karl Ernest Meyer

    From the romantic conflicts of the Victorian Great Game to the war-torn history of the region in recent decades, Tournament of Shadows traces the struggle for control of Central Asia and Tibet from the 1830s to the present. The original Great Game, the clandestine struggle between Russia and Britain for mastery of Central Asia, has long been regarded as one of the greatest geopolitical conflicts in history. Many believed that control of the vast Eurasian heartland was the key to world dominion. The original Great Game ended with the Russian Revolution, but the geopolitical struggles in Central Asia continue to the present day. In this updated edition, the authors reflect on Central Asia's history since the end of the Russo-Afghan war, and particularly in the wake of 9/11.

    A great book on the period, which I’m sure nobody responsible for this fiasco bothered to read, is ‘Tournament of Shadows’. https://t.co/U89B9q5enC

  • An Anxious Age

    Joseph Bottum

    The "decent church-goin' women, with their mean, pinched, bitter, evil faces" of yesterday (to quote Burroughs), are the blue-check media crowd and institutional mandarins of today. Recommend Bottum on the topic. https://t.co/kFVt7A0oGX

  • A leading conservative thinker argues that a nationalist order is the only realistic safeguard of liberty in the world today Nationalism is the issue of our age. From Donald Trump's "America First" politics to Brexit to the rise of the right in Europe, events have forced a crucial debate: Should we fight for international government? Or should the world's nations keep their independence and self-determination? In The Virtue of Nationalism, Yoram Hazony contends that a world of sovereign nations is the only option for those who care about personal and collective freedom. He recounts how, beginning in the sixteenth century, English, Dutch, and American Protestants revived the Old Testament's love of national independence, and shows how their vision eventually brought freedom to peoples from Poland to India, Israel to Ethiopia. It is this tradition we must restore, he argues, if we want to limit conflict and hate--and allow human difference and innovation to flourish.

    Coincidentally, just finished @yhazony's 'The Virtue of Nationalism' and his framing of the collision of the West's shame around Auschwitz and the current state of Israel is an enlightening one, and relevant in all these post-Shoah rekindlings of Jewish life in Europe. https://t.co/86a8X5fyyn

  • Two Years Before the Mast

    Richard Henry Dana

    The quote is from 'Two Years Before the Mast', a classic sailing memoir of a Harvard student who drops out to become a common seaman on a trading schooner, rounds the Horn, and ends up trading what's then a very wild California coast. https://t.co/5mM6hjBFcw

  • An Anxious Age

    Joseph Bottum

    Investigates the way in which the Catholic Church has achieved a new level of political and cultural importance in an America where the main line Protestant churches are losing influence.

    @llunved Oh yes! This is all sublimated Protestantism. Bottums' book 'An Anxious Age' is great on this.

  • From the New York Times columnist and bestselling author of Bad Religion, a “clever and stimulating” (The New York Times Book Review) portrait of how our turbulent age is defined by dark forces seemingly beyond our control. Today the Western world seems to be in crisis. But beneath our social media frenzy and reality TV politics, the deeper reality is one of drift, repetition, and dead ends. The Decadent Society explains what happens when a rich and powerful society ceases advancing—how the combination of wealth and technological proficiency with economic stagnation, political stalemates, cultural exhaustion, and demographic decline creates a strange kind of “sustainable decadence,” a civilizational languor that could endure for longer than we think. Ranging from our grounded space shuttles to our Silicon Valley villains, from our blandly recycled film and television—a new Star Wars saga, another Star Trek series, the fifth Terminator sequel—to the escapism we’re furiously chasing through drug use and virtual reality, Ross Douthat argues that many of today’s discontents and derangements reflect a sense of futility and disappointment—a feeling that the future was not what was promised and that the paths forward lead only to the grave. In this environment we fear catastrophe, but in a certain way we also pine for it—because the alternative is to accept that we are permanently decadent: aging, comfortable, and stuck, cut off from the past and no longer confident in the future, spurning both memory and ambition while we wait for some saving innovation or revelations, growing old unhappily together in the glowing light of tiny screens. “Full of shrewd insights couched in elegant, biting prose…[this] is a trenchant and stimulating take on latter-day discontents” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) and an enlightening diagnosis of the modern condition—how we got here, how long our frustration might last, and how, whether in renaissance or catastrophe, our decadence might ultimately end.

    Wednesday, 3/17 We'll have one of my favorite writers on, NYT columnist and author @DouthatNYT. His book 'Decadence' is a beautifully grim diagnosis of our national malaise, plus he's got a *new* book coming out. https://t.co/aBMyTNPW5y https://t.co/6M1feOCQQd

  • Ben Franklin's Web Site

    Robert Ellis Smith

    Explore the hidden niches of American history to discover the tug between our yearning for privacy and our insatiable curiosity. Book jacket.

    This is from Robert Ellis Smith's "Ben Franklin's Web Site" which is a breezy and timely review of privacy practice and law going back to the nation's founding. https://t.co/GIh7xjHRkh

  • "'Return of the Strong Gods,'...is a thoughtful contribution to American political debate. It is incisively written and full of modern observations. Mr. Reno explains, better than any book I can remember, the present-day progressive's paranoid fear of fascism and neurotic determination to ferret out racism where none exists." —The Wall Street Journal After the staggering slaughter of back-to-back world wars, the West embraced the ideal of the “open society.” The promise: By liberating ourselves from the old attachments to nation, clan, and religion that had fueled centuries of violence, we could build a prosperous world without borders, freed from dogmas and managed by experts. But the populism and nationalism that are upending politics in America and Europe are a sign that after three generations, the postwar consensus is breaking down. With compelling insight, R. R. Reno argues that we are witnessing the return of the “strong gods”—the powerful loyalties that bind men to their homeland and to one another. Reacting to the calamitous first half of the twentieth century, our political, cultural, and financial elites promoted open borders, open markets, and open minds. But this never-ending project of openness has hardened into a set of anti-dogmatic dogmas which destroy the social solidarity rooted in family, faith, and nation. While they worry about the return of fascism, our societies are dissolving. But man will not tolerate social dissolution indefinitely. He longs to be part of a “we”—the fruit of shared loves—which gives his life meaning. The strong gods will return, Reno warns, in one form or another. Our task is to attend to those that, appealing to our reason as well as our hearts, inspire the best of our traditions. Otherwise, we shall invite the darker gods whose return our open society was intended to forestall.

    @AndrewSmithClub Indeed. https://t.co/JFy2h2l56m

  • The God That Failed

    Richard H. Crossman

    This classic work and crucial document of the Cold War brings together essays by six of the most important writers of the twentieth century, including André Gide, Richard Wright, Ignazio Silone, Stephen Spender, Arthur Koestler, and Louis Fischer, on their conversion to and subsequent disillusionment with communism. In describing their own experiences, the authors illustrate the fate of leftism around the world.

    This of course is a reference to this classic collection of essays by former Communist intellectuals. https://t.co/dzHPGhEJFs

  • @KyleTibbitts Recommend this gem by @timurkuran. https://t.co/ay81Po99Zg

  • Imagined Communities

    Benedict Anderson

    The defining, best-selling book on the history, origins and development of nationalism What are the imagined communities that compel men to kill or to die for an idea of a nation? This notion of nationhood had its origins in the founding of the Americas, but was then adopted and transformed by populist movements in nineteenth-century Europe. It became the rallying cry for anti-Imperialism as well as the abiding explanation for colonialism. In this scintillating, groundbreaking work of intellectual history Anderson explores how ideas are formed and reformulated at every level, from high politics to popular culture, and the way that they can make people do extraordinary things. In the twenty-first century, these debates on the nature of the nation state are even more urgent. As new nations rise, vying for influence, and old empires decline, we must understand who we are as a community in the face of history, and change.

    Some of the most grievously overlooked history in the "how was the modern world invented?" genre is the invention of nation-states (that's right, they're a novel invention), and how that was a necessary and coterminous step with liberal democracy. https://t.co/5zYOdXDejC

  • The New Class War

    Michael Lind

    To understand the full implications of a society run by PMCs, recommend The New Class War by Lind. https://t.co/McqwZWJSWu

  • Rise and Kill First

    Ronen Bergman

    Presents an assessment of Israel's state-sponsored assassination programs that evaluates the protective beliefs that are instituted into every Israeli citizen, the role of assassination in the state's history, and the ethical challenges of Israel's policies on targeted killings.

    Israel has maintained a targeted killing program since before it existed. A prior example was the civilian intimidation and assassination of the German scientists helping Egypt build a rocket program. @ronenbergman's book is the epic history. https://t.co/aSZZffFGUl

  • The Darkening Age

    Catherine Nixey

    A bold new history of the rise of Christianity, showing how its radical followers helped to annihilate Greek and Roman civilization

    I recently finished @CatherineNixey's excellent (though polemical) 'A Darkening Age', about early Christian zealots and how they dismantled the Classical world piece by piece. Toppling of statues has always been kind of popular in these moments. https://t.co/l66LvDjSyH

  • The New Class War

    Michael Lind

    In his 'New Class War', he just dissects the political status quo like a biology teacher does a worm: no organ or component is spared his dry, cutting scrutiny. https://t.co/9qaE5UhpTz

  • No Rules Rules

    Reed Hastings

    I gave into the latest Valley book fad, and I'm reading the Netflix book. It's surprisingly good, though it's a playbook for turning yourself into an upbeat and efficient capitalist soldier (while at work at least). https://t.co/IUYfX6r7YC

  • An Anxious Age

    Joseph Bottum

    Investigates the way in which the Catholic Church has achieved a new level of political and cultural importance in an America where the main line Protestant churches are losing influence.

    @rezendi It's subtle. I recommend reading @JosephBottum's 'An Anxious Age' for how the church-going Episcopalian of the past became today's Whole Foods-shopping, BLM-sign-waving White liberal. https://t.co/qBfGvibMgQ

  • @alexqgb You're not the first. By @roddreher. https://t.co/ad3e6MxQZJ

  • An Anxious Age

    Joseph Bottum

    Investigates the way in which the Catholic Church has achieved a new level of political and cultural importance in an America where the main line Protestant churches are losing influence.

    Back to Protestantism: I'd never discerned the direct relationship between the bien-pensant liberalism of the Whole Foods class with the implosion of post-war Mainline Protestantism until I read @JosephBottum's excellent 'An Anxious Age'. Recommended. https://t.co/qBfGvibMgQ

  • "[A] passionate, compelling, and disturbing argument that the ills of democracy in the United States today arise from the default of its elites." —John Gray, New York Times Book Review (front-page review) In a front-page review in the Washington Post Book World, John Judis wrote: "Political analysts have been poring over exit polls and precinct-level votes to gauge the meaning of last November's election, but they would probably better employ their time reading the late Christopher Lasch's book." And in the National Review, Robert Bork says The Revolt of the Elites "ranges provocatively [and] insightfully." Controversy has raged around Lasch's targeted attack on the elites, their loss of moral values, and their abandonment of the middle class and poor, for he sets up the media and educational institutions as a large source of the problem. In this spirited work, Lasch calls out for a return to community, schools that teach history not self-esteem, and a return to morality and even the teachings of religion. He does this in a nonpartisan manner, looking to the lessons of American history, and castigating those in power for the ever-widening gap between the economic classes, which has created a crisis in American society. The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy is riveting social commentary.

    @daily_barbarian THAT book is an absolute work of genius. It's almost unfathomable how prescient Lasch managed to be.

  • The Bay of Pigs

    Peter Wyden

    It saddens me to think that likely >95% of Americans younger than me have no idea what Bay of Pigs even represents. It was one of the most bizarre, high-stakes gambles this country has ever made. Read about it. You won't believe it. https://t.co/nkJmNNWV78

  • Popular consensus says that the US rose over 150 years to Cold War victory and world domination, and is now in slow decline. But is this right? History's great civilisations have always lasted much longer, and for all its colossal power, the US was overshadowed by Europe for its first two centuries. What if this isn't the end?Bruno Maçães offers a compelling vision of America's future, both fascinating and unnerving. From the early American Republic, Maçães takes us to the turbulent present, when, he argues, America is finally forging its own path. We can see the birth pangs of this new civilisation in today's debates on guns, religion, foreign policy and the significance of Trump. What will its values be, and what will this new America look like?

    Today's sunset reading brought to you by @MacaesBruno, who graciously agreed to be interviewed for The Pull Request about his new book 'History Has Begun'. https://t.co/QiF9gqUjrD

  • Preface Living a Lie The Significance of Preference Falsification Private and Public Preferences Private Opinion, Public Opinion The Dynamics of Public Opinion Institutional Sources of Preference Falsification Inhibiting Change Collective Conservatism The Obstinacy of Communism The Ominous Perseverance of the Caste System The Unwanted Spread of Affirmative Action Distorting Knowledge Public Discourse and Private Knowledge The Unthinkable and the Unthought The Caste Ethic of Submission The Blind Spots of Communism The Unfading Specter of White Racism Generating Surprise Unforeseen Political Revolutions The Fall of Communism and Other Sudden Overturns The Hidden Complexities of Social Evolution From Slavery to Affirmative Action Preference Falsification and Social Analysis Notes Index.

    The best book on this is the academic but very readable 'Private Truths, Public Lies' by @timurkuran. What tangled webs we weave, when we all try to fit in while under the gaze of a crowdsourced panopticon. https://t.co/x9aclbftHE

  • There are moments in life when one is caught utterly unprepared. Drawing on both his rabbinical training and his scholarship in Buddhism, Lew leads readers on a journey from confusion to clarity, from doubt to belief, as he opens a path to self-discovery that is accessible to readers of all faiths.

    From Alan Lew's wonderful rumination on the Jewish 'Days of Awe' (the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur): https://t.co/J6LCVkQyog

  • Riding a tsunami of information, the public has trampled on the temples of authority in every domain of human activity, everywhere. The Revolt of the Public tells the story of how ordinary people, gifted amateurs networked in communities of interest, have swarmed over the hierarchies of accredited professionals, questioned their methods, and shouted their failures from the digital rooftops. In science, business, media - and, pre-eminently, in politics and government - established elites have lost the power to command attention and set the agenda.The consequences have been revolutionary. Insurgencies enabled by digital devices and a vast information sphere have mobilized millions, toppling dictators in Egypt and Tunisia, crushing the ruling Socialist Party in Spain, inspiring "Tea Parties" and "Occupations" in the United States. Trust in political authority stands at an all-time low around the world. The Revolt of the Public analyzes the composition of the public, the nature of authority and legitimacy, and the part played by the perturbing agent: information. A major theme of the book is whether democratic institutions can survive the assaults of a public that at times appears to be at war with any form of organization, if not with history itself.

    I'm (re)reading 'Revolt of the Public' by @mgurri as homework for an interview, and it's so damn good. Seems even more prescient now than when it came out. https://t.co/8HPF75gDKe

  • Never Lost Again

    Bill Kilday

    @kane This book by @bkilday recounts that miraculous transformation from primitive humans navigating the world by line of sight and paper maps to navigating it as gods. https://t.co/eeHx0rkdla

  • Slightly less piratical, @rosegeorge3's 'Ninety Percent of Everything' is a great romp through the world of modern shipping. https://t.co/bmxUE5yxPm

  • Outlaw Sea

    William Langewiesche

    As for how is it that a Moldovan-flagged vessel owned by a Russian on the way to Mozambique gets stuck in Beirut: the modern world of shipping is a fascinating and lawless one, regulated (if at all) by archaic custom and the home of endless corruption. https://t.co/HAT30BisBY

  • Prefab Architecture

    Ryan E. Smith

    Prefabrication and Architecture, a manual about prefab architecture, is primarily written for the architect and construction professional. it is the only professional reference on prefab architecture, with information on the many facets of off-site construction. Prefabrication can allow for greater efficiency and precision, lessen environmental impact, and shorten construction cycles. Smith offers designers and construction professionals guidelines that rethink all stages of the design process in order to effectively utilize the fabrication process.

    The housing problem is a fascinating one, and one we desperately need to solve. For a great textbook on both the history and current trends in prefab housing, check out this book (among others): https://t.co/c4FV6FeUra

  • Sacred Fragments

    Neil Gillman

    The modern Jew, living in a world of shattered beliefs and competing ideologies, is often confronted with questions of faith. Sacred Fragments is for those who still care enough to continue the struggle. In forthright, nontechnical language the author addresses the most difficult theological questions of our time and shows that there are still viable Jewish answers for even the greatest skeptics.

    @Pooch7171 This book which, despite the current hideous cover, is a wide-ranging rumination on modernity and (mostly) Jewish spirituality. From the Conservative Jewish tradition. https://t.co/UqIubuRDNz

  • A collection of short stories from the heart of Castro's Cuba illuminates the wit and powerful insight of this Pushcart Prize-winning Cuban-American writer. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

    @lacker @TeflonGeek Also, 'In Cuba I was a German Shepherd'. Again, more of a literary memoir than non-fiction: https://t.co/fffVOZUmkG

  • Dreaming in Cuban

    Cristina García

    The story of a family divided politically and geographically by the Cuban revolution.--Publisher description.

    @lacker @TeflonGeek Not very many. Historically, the Western left was enamored with the revolution, thus mostly ignored the Miami exiles (when it wasn't denigrating them). There have been a few literary treatments. 'Dreaming in Cuban' by Cristina Garcia (local SF author): https://t.co/yEy7vLR9Zm

  • "From the author of The Psychopath Test and Lost at Sea, an exploration of shame, one of our world's most overlooked forces. Public shaming as a form of social control, such a big part of our lives it feels weird when there isn't anyone to be furious about. Whole careers are being ruined by one mistake. Our collective outrage at it has the force of a hurricane. Then we all quickly forget about it and move on to the next one, and it doesn't cross our minds to wonder if the shamed person is okay or in ruins. What's it doing to them? An examination of human nature and its flaws"--Publisher's website.

    @JewishWonk Jon Ronson wrote a pretty definitive book back in the early days of the phenomenon. It now reads almost as quaint, the shock at something that's now commonplace. But I think he captures the dynamics well. https://t.co/vkNoeGjEnj

  • Working in Public

    Nadia Eghbal

    The weirdest thing I could tell non-tech people about how the tech world works is this: The entire tech world runs largely on free software written by volunteers, and everything you touch sits above that base. @nayafia has written THE book documenting that astounding reality. https://t.co/t7l9lJ5dnX

  • Dominion

    Tom Holland

    A historian of antiquity shows how the Christian Revolution forged the Western imagination Crucifixion, the Romans believed, was the worst fate imaginable. It was this that rendered it so suitable a punishment for slaves. How astonishing it was, then, that people should have come to believe that one particular victim of crucifixion-an obscure provincial by the name of Jesus-had been a god. Dominion explores the implications of this shocking conviction as they have reverberated throughout history. Today, the West remains utterly saturated by Christian assumptions. Our morals and ethics are not universal. Instead, they are the fruits of a very distinctive civilization. Concepts such as secularism, liberalism, science, and homosexuality are deeply rooted in a Christian seedbed. From Babylon to the Beatles, Saint Michael to #MeToo, Dominion tells the story of how Christianity transformed the world.

    It is so utterly baked into the Western worldview at this point that the weirdness of it goes largely unremarked upon, except for those steeped in the very tradition from which it emerged. For more, I'd consult @holland_tom's 'Dominion'. https://t.co/lFcjIol99V

  • Sacred Fragments

    Neil Gillman

    The modern Jew, living in a world of shattered beliefs and competing ideologies, is often confronted with questions of faith. Sacred Fragments is for those who still care enough to continue the struggle. In forthright, nontechnical language the author addresses the most difficult theological questions of our time and shows that there are still viable Jewish answers for even the greatest skeptics.

    I wonder how many followers I'd lose if this account turned into a Jewish book discussion. In further news, 'Sacred Fragments' by Neil Gillman is an excellent self-debate around empiricist modernity vs. revealed covenantal monotheism. https://t.co/BnUvaxakYz

  • @wesyang Ditto Al Alvarez. I'd check out both before embarking on it. https://t.co/DuZTEWQzKw

  • @wesyang No, but the good news is that for standard Texas Hold 'Em, the math isn't very complex. If math were key, poker wouldn't be perhaps the last remaining game of skill AI hasn't conquered. James McManus was a writerly sort who played poker at a high level: https://t.co/yo8qp0B7Jk

  • From the New York Times columnist and bestselling author of Bad Religion, a powerful portrait of how our turbulent age is defined by dark forces seemingly beyond our control Today the Western world seems to be in crisis. But beneath our social media frenzy and reality television politics, the deeper reality is one of drift, repetition, and dead ends. The Decadent Society explains what happens when a rich and powerful society ceases advancing—how the combination of wealth and technological proficiency with economic stagnation, political stalemates, cultural exhaustion, and demographic decline creates a strange kind of “sustainable decadence,” a civilizational languor that could endure for longer than we think. Ranging from our grounded space shuttles to our Silicon Valley villains, from our blandly recycled film and television—a new Star Wars saga, another Star Trek series, the fifth Terminator sequel—to the escapism we’re furiously chasing through drug use and virtual reality, Ross Douthat argues that many of today’s discontents and derangements reflect a sense of futility and disappointment—a feeling that the future was not what was promised, that the frontiers have all been closed, and that the paths forward lead only to the grave. In this environment we fear catastrophe, but in a certain way we also pine for it—because the alternative is to accept that we are permanently decadent: aging, comfortable and stuck, cut off from the past and no longer confident in the future, spurning both memory and ambition while we wait for some saving innovation or revelations, growing old unhappily together in the glowing light of tiny screens. Correcting both optimists who insist that we’re just growing richer and happier with every passing year and pessimists who expect collapse any moment, Douthat provides an enlightening diagnosis of the modern condition—how we got here, how long our age of frustration might last, and how, whether in renaissance or catastrophe, our decadence might ultimately end.

    In @DouthatNYT's latest book 'Decadence', he posits this thought experiment: Would you rather live in a world with all human technology until around 2000 (but no Internet or social media)? Or all technology right now, except for 20th-century technologies like indoor plumbing?

  • Six Days of War

    Michael B. Oren

    It's Jerusalem Day (Yom Yerushalayim), the holiday that commemorates the unification of Jerusalem following the capture of East Jerusalem during the Six-Day War. A good a time as any to finally read this classic from @DrMichaelOren. https://t.co/oBsHOCI9cu

  • Rise and Kill First

    Ronen Bergman

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * The first definitive history of the Mossad, Shin Bet, and the IDF's targeted killing programs, hailed by The New York Times as "an exceptional work, a humane book about an incendiary subject." WINNER OF THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD IN HISTORY NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY JENNIFER SZALAI, THE NEW YORK TIMES NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Economist * The New York Times Book Review * BBC History Magazine * Mother Jones * Kirkus Reviews The Talmud says: "If someone comes to kill you, rise up and kill him first." This instinct to take every measure, even the most aggressive, to defend the Jewish people is hardwired into Israel's DNA. From the very beginning of its statehood in 1948, protecting the nation from harm has been the responsibility of its intelligence community and armed services, and there is one weapon in their vast arsenal that they have relied upon to thwart the most serious threats: Targeted assassinations have been used countless times, on enemies large and small, sometimes in response to attacks against the Israeli people and sometimes preemptively. In this page-turning, eye-opening book, journalist and military analyst Ronen Bergman--praised by David Remnick as "arguably [Israel's] best investigative reporter"--offers a riveting inside account of the targeted killing programs: their successes, their failures, and the moral and political price exacted on the men and women who approved and carried out the missions. Bergman has gained the exceedingly rare cooperation of many current and former members of the Israeli government, including Prime Ministers Shimon Peres, Ehud Barak, Ariel Sharon, and Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as high-level figures in the country's military and intelligence services: the IDF (Israel Defense Forces), the Mossad (the world's most feared intelligence agency), Caesarea (a "Mossad within the Mossad" that carries out attacks on the highest-value targets), and the Shin Bet (an internal security service that implemented the largest targeted assassination campaign ever, in order to stop what had once appeared to be unstoppable: suicide terrorism). Including never-before-reported, behind-the-curtain accounts of key operations, and based on hundreds of on-the-record interviews and thousands of files to which Bergman has gotten exclusive access over his decades of reporting, Rise and Kill First brings us deep into the heart of Israel's most secret activities. Bergman traces, from statehood to the present, the gripping events and thorny ethical questions underlying Israel's targeted killing campaign, which has shaped the Israeli nation, the Middle East, and the entire world. "A remarkable feat of fearless and responsible reporting . . . important, timely, and informative."--John le Carré

    "If someone comes to kill you, rise up and kill him first." -Babylonian Talmud I'm reading 'Rise and Kill First' by @ronenbergman. Please remind me to never piss off the Israeli state. https://t.co/j07Ff3Rv3D

  • Two new books! Courtesy of @stripepress and @katelaurielee. Per usual, Stripe Press books are the most beautifully laid out and printed book published today. https://t.co/NXVXCmM7zC

  • Two new books! Courtesy of @stripepress and @katelaurielee. Per usual, Stripe Press books are the most beautifully laid out and printed book published today. https://t.co/NXVXCmM7zC

  • Halakhic Man

    Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik

    Halakhic Man is the classic work of modern Jewish and religious thought by the twentieth century's preeminent Orthodox Jewish theologian and talmudic scholar. It is a profound excursion into religious psychology and phenomenology, a pioneering attempt at a philosophy of halakhah, and a stringent critique of mysticism and romantic religion.

    @NaCo89 This looks interesting. Thanks! https://t.co/d5NxnSTCms

  • Explores the phenomenon through which people become resourceful and altruistic after a disaster and communities reflect a shared sense of purpose, analyzing events ranging from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake to Hurricane Katrina.

    This isn't even odd if you look at data. Human 'pro-sociality' skyrockets precisely in times of disaster and need. The only time I felt anything like a neighborhood spirit in suburban Miami was the weeks after Hurricane Andrew, which wrecked the city. https://t.co/qoVsxfDSVH

  • Discovering The News

    Michael Schudson

    @Velowit Those subscription powered, regional papers were all completely and explicitly partisan. The only thing remotely resembling 'news' were the new 'wire' services, precisely because their content could be syndicated by any side. Read: https://t.co/BGQx7SNbq8

  • Empire of Illusion

    Chris Hedges

    The author navigates America's divided culture--where a minority embraces film, theater, and books, while the majority cling to a world of fantasy and false certainty--to expose what he sees as an age of terrifying decline and heightened self-delusion.

    @sriramk @briannekimmel Did you ever read 'Empire of Illusion' by Hedges? He's a former seminarian turned socialist, and he kicks of his redo of Boorstin's The Image with a mock-rhapsodic take of a WWE match. Wouldn't read whole book, but if the sample has the wrestling part, definitely worth it.

  • How only violence and catastrophes have consistently reduced inequality throughout world history Are mass violence and catastrophes the only forces that can seriously decrease economic inequality? To judge by thousands of years of history, the answer is yes. Tracing the global history of inequality from the Stone Age to today, Walter Scheidel shows that inequality never dies peacefully. Inequality declines when carnage and disaster strike and increases when peace and stability return. The Great Leveler is the first book to chart the crucial role of violent shocks in reducing inequality over the full sweep of human history around the world. Ever since humans began to farm, herd livestock, and pass on their assets to future generations, economic inequality has been a defining feature of civilization. Over thousands of years, only violent events have significantly lessened inequality. The "Four Horsemen" of leveling--mass-mobilization warfare, transformative revolutions, state collapse, and catastrophic plagues--have repeatedly destroyed the fortunes of the rich. Scheidel identifies and examines these processes, from the crises of the earliest civilizations to the cataclysmic world wars and communist revolutions of the twentieth century. Today, the violence that reduced inequality in the past seems to have diminished, and that is a good thing. But it casts serious doubt on the prospects for a more equal future. An essential contribution to the debate about inequality, The Great Leveler provides important new insights about why inequality is so persistent--and why it is unlikely to decline anytime soon.

    @AlxThomp It comes off as inhumane, but putting on our amoral economic historian hats on for a sec, it's largely correct. Four things consistently reduce inequality: plague, revolutions, mass-conscript warfare, and social collapse. For more such upbeat takes: https://t.co/k0LDnZlL4Z

  • What it Takes

    Richard Ben Cramer

    @paulg @giridevanur @krenzx @naval @eladgil As much as I'd love to imagine both these scenarios, I have a hard time believing that any tech person would run the gauntlet necessary to assume public office in the US. At least from my reading of accounts like 'What It Takes' (a classic of the genre). https://t.co/wTtVujqz7z

  • Explains everything one might want to know about gnomes, including how long they live, what their houses are made of, how long pregnancy lasts, what they do for a living, and where they go on their honeymoon.

    @SirKneeland It's from that 'Gnomes' book, I think. A classic! https://t.co/LNZ2MzKPFI

  • "From Tim Wu, author of award-winning The Master Switch, and who coined the phrase "net neutrality"--a revelatory look at the rise of "attention harvesting," and its transformative effect on our society and our selves"--

    I feel guilty confessing this given our books were reviewed together by @nybooks, but I only just now gave @superwuster's 'Attention Merchants' a full read. It's excellent, and will likely live on as the reference history on modern advertising. https://t.co/u4GWppMZhw

  • All this is from Eric Hoffer's 'The True Believer', which is a prophetic masterpiece just bristling with wisdom. The average page jumps with more insight than a year's worth of a 'serious' glossy magazine. https://t.co/DpDkT8zCSv

  • In this contribution to The New International Commentary on the Old Testament, Trevor Longman takes a canonical-Christocentric approach to the meaning of the fascinating but puzzling book of Ecclesiastes.

    The Book of Ecclesiastes is, of course, one of the greatest works of Western culture. I find myself (re)reading it constantly.

  • The Elementary Particles

    Michel Houellebecq

    A new novel by the author of Whatever follows the lives and fortunes of Bruno and Marcel, born to a bohemian mother during the 1960s, who are brought up separately and pursue their own individual paths--as Bruno battles madness and sexual obsession and Michel, a molecular biologist, comes up with a unique way to express his disgust with the violence of humankind. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

    Recently someone asked me to give them a book so 'they'd get to know me', and my thought is to give them Houellebecq's 'Elementary Particles', but I fear I'll never hear from them again.

  • The Stand

    Stephen King

    A monumentally devastating plague leaves only a few survivors who, while experiencing dreams of a battle between good and evil, move toward an actual confrontation as they migrate to Boulder, Colorado.

    @DanielRogoff The Stand! I recall reading that cinder block of a book in high school over the course of a few days. Stephen King is unduly snubbed by the elite literary set.

  • Spark

    Bill Chambers

    Learn how to use, deploy, and maintain Apache Spark with this comprehensive guide, written by the creators of the open-source cluster-computing framework. With an emphasis on improvements and new features in Spark 2.0, authors Bill Chambers and Matei Zaharia break down Spark topics into distinct sections, each with unique goals. You'll explore the basic operations and common functions of Spark's structured APIs, as well as Structured Streaming, a new high-level API for building end-to-end streaming applications. Developers and system administrators will learn the fundamentals of monitoring, tuning, and debugging Spark, and explore machine learning techniques and scenarios for employing MLlib, Spark's scalable machine-learning library. Get a gentle overview of big data and Spark Learn about DataFrames, SQL, and Datasets--Spark's core APIs--through worked examples Dive into Spark's low-level APIs, RDDs, and execution of SQL and DataFrames Understand how Spark runs on a cluster Debug, monitor, and tune Spark clusters and applications Learn the power of Structured Streaming, Spark's stream-processing engine Learn how you can apply MLlib to a variety of problems, including classification or recommendation

    @Wrexler_42 I'm reading a technical guide on distributed computing, if you can believe it. How far I have fallen in my return to tech. Woe is me. Woe is me! https://t.co/rbUORJ1nv4

  • Chaos Monkeys Intl

    Antonio Garcia Martinez

    Imagine a chimpanzee rampaging through a data center powering everything from Google to Facebook. Infrastructure engineers use a software version of this “chaos monkey” to test online services’ robustness—their ability to survive random failure and correct mistakes before they actually occur. Tech entrepreneurs are society’s chaos monkeys, disruptors testing and transforming every aspect of our lives, from transportation (Uber) and lodging (Airbnb) to television (Netflix) and dating (Tinder). One of Silicon Valley’s most provocative chaos monkeys is Antonio García Martínez. After stints on Wall Street and as CEO of his own startup, García Martínez joined Facebook’s nascent advertising team, turning its users’ data into profit for COO Sheryl Sandberg and Chairman and CEO Mark “Zuck” Zuckerberg. Forced out in the wake of an internal product war over the future of the company’s monetization strategy, García Martínez eventually landed at rival Twitter. He also fathered two children with a woman he barely knew, brewed illegal beer on the Facebook campus (accidentally flooding Zuckerberg’s desk), lived on a sailboat, raced sports cars on the 101, and enthusiastically pursued the life of an overpaid Silicon Valley cad. Now this gleeful contrarian unravels the chaotic evolution of social media and online marketing and reveals how it is invading our lives and shaping our future. Weighing in on everything from startups and credit derivatives to Big Brother and data tracking, social media monetization, and digital “privacy,” García Martínez shares his scathing observations and outrageous antics, taking us on a humorous, subversive tour of the fascinatingly insular tech industry. Chaos Monkeys lays bare the hijinks, trade secrets, and power plays of the visionaries, grunts, sociopaths, opportunists, accidental tourists, and money cowboys who are revolutionizing our world. The question is, how will we survive?

    @oliviasolon No. Not at all. Entirely the opposite. Look up the history of 'Sponsored Stories' (or read the chapter in Chaos Monkeys), the tag-along monetization product to platform. Huge failure, wasted a year of time (at least).

  • Sapiens

    Yuval Noah Harari

    **THE MILLION COPY BESTSELLER** 'Interesting and provocative... It gives you a sense of how briefly we've been on this Earth' Barack Obama What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us Sapiens? Yuval Noah Harari challenges everything we know about being human in the perfect read for these unprecedented times. Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it: us. In this bold and provocative book, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here and where we're going. 'I would recommend Sapiens to anyone who's interested in the history and future of our species' Bill Gates **ONE OF THE GUARDIAN'S 100 BEST BOOKS OF THE 21st CENTURY**

    @sarthakgh @zck Did we talk about 'Sapiens' yet? Because Harari has really changed me.

  • The End of Men

    Hanna Rosin

    @boomereng Apparently, they're over with. https://t.co/mb7U8WE4cR

  • Boyd

    Robert Coram

    John Boyd may be the most remarkable unsung hero in all of American military history. Some remember him as the greatest U.S. fighter pilot ever -- the man who, in simulated air-to-air combat, defeated every challenger in less than forty seconds. Some recall him as the father of our country's most legendary fighter aircraft -- the F-15 and F-16. Still others think of Boyd as the most influential military theorist since Sun Tzu. They know only half the story. Boyd, more than any other person, saved fighter aviation from the predations of the Strategic Air Command. His manual of fighter tactics changed the way every air force in the world flies and fights. He discovered a physical theory that forever altered the way fighter planes were designed. Later in life, he developed a theory of military strategy that has been adopted throughout the world and even applied to business models for maximizing efficiency. And in one of the most startling and unknown stories of modern military history, the Air Force fighter pilot taught the U.S. Marine Corps how to fight war on the ground. His ideas led to America's swift and decisive victory in the Gulf War and foretold the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. On a personal level, Boyd rarely met a general he couldn't offend. He was loud, abrasive, and profane. A man of daring, ferocious passion and intractable stubbornness, he was that most American of heroes -- a rebel who cared not for his reputation or fortune but for his country. He was a true patriot, a man who made a career of challenging the shortsighted and self-serving Pentagon bureaucracy. America owes Boyd and his disciples -- the six men known as the "Acolytes" -- a great debt. Robert Coram finally brings to light the remarkable story of a man who polarized all who knew him, but who left a legacy that will influence the military -- and all of America -- for decades to come. ..

    For more on Boyd, this is an excellent source: https://t.co/qKZyPppQZb

  • The Prince

    Niccolò Machiavelli

    The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli, is a 16th-century political treatise. The Prince is sometimes claimed to be one of the first works of modern philosophy, especially modern political philosophy, in which the effective truth is taken to be more important than any abstract ideal. It was also in direct conflict with the dominant Catholic and scholastic doctrines of the time concerning politics and ethics.The Prince has the general theme of accepting that the aims of princes-such as glory and survival-can justify the use of immoral means to achieve those ends.Although it is relatively short, the treatise is the most remembered of Machiavelli's works and the one most responsible for bringing the word "Machiavellian" into usage as a pejorative. It even contributed to the modern negative connotations of the words "politics" and "politician" in western countries. In terms of subject matter it overlaps with the much longer Discourses on Livy, which was written a few years later.Machiavelli emphasized the need for realism, as opposed to idealism. Along with this, he stresses the difference between human-beings and animals since "there are two ways of contending, one in accordance with the laws, the other by force; the first of which is proper to men, the second to beast". In The Prince he does not explain what he thinks the best ethical or political goals are, except the control of one's own fortune, as opposed to waiting to see what chance brings. Machiavelli took it for granted that would-be leaders naturally aim at glory or honor. He associated these goals with a need for "virtue" and "prudence" in a leader, and saw such virtues as essential to good politics and indeed the common good. That great men should develop and use their virtue and prudence was a traditional theme of advice to Christian princes. And that more virtue meant less reliance on chance was a classically influenced "humanist commonplace" in Machiavelli's time, as Fischer says, even if it was somewhat controversial. However, Machiavelli went far beyond other authors in his time, who in his opinion left things to fortune, and therefore to bad rulers, because of their Christian beliefs. He used the words "virtue" and "prudence" to refer to glory-seeking and spirited excellence of character, in strong contrast to the traditional Christian uses of those terms, but more keeping with the original pre-Christian Greek and Roman concepts from which they derived. He encouraged ambition and risk taking. So in another break with tradition, he treated not only stability, but also radical innovation, as possible aims of a prince in a political community. Managing major reforms can show off a Prince's virtue and give him glory. He clearly felt Italy needed major reform in his time, and this opinion of his time is widely shared.Machiavelli's descriptions in The Prince encourage leaders to attempt to control their fortune gloriously, to the extreme extent that some situations may call for a fresh "founding" (or re-founding) of the "modes and orders" that define a community, despite the danger and necessary evil and lawlessness of such a project. Founding a wholly new state, or even a new religion, using injustice and immorality has even been called the chief theme of The Prince. Machiavelli justifies this position by explaining how if "a prince did not win love he may escape hate" by personifying injustice and immorality; therefore, he will never loosen his grip since "fear is held by the apprehension of punishment" and never diminishes as time goes by. For a political theorist to do this in public was one of Machiavelli's clearest breaks not just with medieval scholasticism, but with the classical tradition of political philosophy, especially the favorite philosopher of Catholicism at the time, Aristotle. This is one of Machiavelli's most lasting influences upon modernity.

    There are very few modern books I'd classify as works of genius, as being on par with Machiavelli's 'The Prince' or Sun Tzu's 'Art of War'. But Eric Hoffer's 'The True Believer' is one. And now supremely timely. Written by a lifelong tramp and longshoreman, no less. https://t.co/lIIuMfze46

  • The Art of War is composed of only about 6,000 Chinese characters, it is considered by many to be the greatest book on strategy and strategic thinking ever written. . 350F PROFESSIONAL READING LIST.

    There are very few modern books I'd classify as works of genius, as being on par with Machiavelli's 'The Prince' or Sun Tzu's 'Art of War'. But Eric Hoffer's 'The True Believer' is one. And now supremely timely. Written by a lifelong tramp and longshoreman, no less. https://t.co/lIIuMfze46

  • There are very few modern books I'd classify as works of genius, as being on par with Machiavelli's 'The Prince' or Sun Tzu's 'Art of War'. But Eric Hoffer's 'The True Believer' is one. And now supremely timely. Written by a lifelong tramp and longshoreman, no less. https://t.co/lIIuMfze46

  • The Road

    Cormac McCarthy

    @metaphoricmusic @argyris @Micaheadowcroft @PatrickDeneen I've only read The Road. I should probably read more.

  • In light of the Gretapocalypse, I re-read the 'Overpopulation' chapter (sub-title: 'Just enough of me, way too much of you') in PJ O'Rourke's 'All The Trouble in the World'. Oft-repeated at this point, but we don't make humorists like we used to. https://t.co/4LjIzrET4h

  • A riveting, adrenaline-fueled journey through some of the most dangerous regions of the earth--the high seas, where lawlessness and physical risk prevail. There are few remaining frontiers on our planet. Perhaps the wildest, and least understood, are the world's oceans: too big to police, and with no clear international authority, the oceans have become the setting for rampant criminality--from human trafficking and slavery to environmental crimes and piracy. Now, in The Outlaw Ocean, Ian Urbina--prize-winning reporter for The New York Times--gives us a galvanizing account of the several years he spent exploring and investigating the high seas, the industries that make use of it, and the people who make their--often criminal--living on it. He traveled on fishing boats and freighters, visited port towns and hidden outposts. He witnessed both environmental vigilantes and transgressors in action and faced a near-mutiny aboard a police ship conveying him to a meeting point miles from the coast. He describes pursuing employment agencies and shipowners to hold them accountable for labor abuses and traveling with a maritime repo man. Combining high drama, an investigative reporter's eye for detail, and a commitment to social justice, The Outlaw Ocean is both a gripping adventure story and a stunning exposé of some of the most disturbing realities that lie behind fishing, shipping, and, in turn, the entire global economy.

    @rezendi @anne_theriault Reading this one now. https://t.co/d8dxgJL7i4

  • The Outlaw Sea

    William Langewiesche

    @anne_theriault @rezendi Read his 'Outlaw Sea' if you liked his nautical reporting. https://t.co/HAT30BisBY

  • Prefab Architecture

    Ryan E. Smith

    Prefabrication and Architecture, a manual about prefab architecture, is primarily written for the architect and construction professional. it is the only professional reference on prefab architecture, with information on the many facets of off-site construction. Prefabrication can allow for greater efficiency and precision, lessen environmental impact, and shorten construction cycles. Smith offers designers and construction professionals guidelines that rethink all stages of the design process in order to effectively utilize the fabrication process.

    @NODEeco If you're interested in more about prefab housing, this book is really great. Yes, the tech has been around for a while (Sears used to sell prefab houses), and the barriers are mostly psychological or legal. But I think its time has come. https://t.co/t7QsCyFdoZ

  • Liar's Poker

    Michael Lewis

    The author recounts his experiences on the lucrative Wall Street bond market of the 1980s, where young traders made millions in a very short time, in a humorous account of greed and epic folly.

    @paulg @rivatez Liar's Poker by Michael Lewis, which motivated me to drop out of a PhD for Wall Street, and then motivated me to write my own memoir.

  • The Corrections

    Jonathan Franzen

    Winner of the 2001 National Book Award for Fiction After almost fifty years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. The oldest, Gary, a once-stable portfolio manager and family man, is trying to convince his wife and himself, despite clear signs to the contrary, that he is not clinically depressed. The middle child, Chip, has lost his seemingly secure academic job and is failing spectacularly at his new line of work. And Denise, the youngest, has escaped a disastrous marriage only to pour her youth and beauty down the drain of an affair with a married man-or so her mother fears. Desperate for some pleasure to look forward to, Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.

    @taffyakner To be clear, I think Franzen deserves much of the praise heaped on him. 'The Corrections' was a monumental work whose passages still ring in memory. I thought 'Freedom' was solid, but its detour into bird-saving harangues by the end left me indifferent to news of 'Purity'.

  • Gratitude

    William Frank Buckley

    The conservative columnist renews his call for a year of voluntary national service for young people eighteen and over, in areas such as health, day care, and the environment, to strengthen their feeling and appreciation for their nation

    @argyris You know who wrote an entire book about that idea? William F. Buckley. https://t.co/9YT5Cz6pdI

  • Super Pumped

    Mike Isaac

    Isaac delivers a gripping account of Uber's rapid rise, its pitched battles with taxi unions and drivers, the company's toxic internal culture, and the bare-knuckle tactics it devised to overcome obstacles in its quest for dominance.

    With @CaseyNewton, @karaswisher , and @MikeIsaac at the book launch party. Meaning...you should all buy this book. https://t.co/1dP1eaZhRY https://t.co/RkLewgWU21

  • Preface Living a Lie The Significance of Preference Falsification Private and Public Preferences Private Opinion, Public Opinion The Dynamics of Public Opinion Institutional Sources of Preference Falsification Inhibiting Change Collective Conservatism The Obstinacy of Communism The Ominous Perseverance of the Caste System The Unwanted Spread of Affirmative Action Distorting Knowledge Public Discourse and Private Knowledge The Unthinkable and the Unthought The Caste Ethic of Submission The Blind Spots of Communism The Unfading Specter of White Racism Generating Surprise Unforeseen Political Revolutions The Fall of Communism and Other Sudden Overturns The Hidden Complexities of Social Evolution From Slavery to Affirmative Action Preference Falsification and Social Analysis Notes Index.

    The viral premium placed on performative belief by social media only makes the delta between falsified and revealed preference only grow. The key work here is Kuran's 'Private Truths, Public Lies', which delineates the phenomenon in academic depth. https://t.co/x9aclbftHE

  • Describes the escapades of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, a drug-saturated group of hippies who get in and out of trouble with the law.

    @argyris And then 'The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test' to understand NorCal hippie culture.

  • A narrative of the early days of the U.S. space program and the people who made it happen, including Chuck Yeager, Pete Conrad, Gus Grissom, and John Glenn.

    @argyris 'The Right Stuff', which is very timely given the Apollo anniversary.

  • Dinosaurs: A Visual Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition

    Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff

    Updated with the latest discoveries about the prehistoric world! Explore all of prehistory--the plants, the reptiles, the swimmers, the flyers, the dinosaurs, the mammals, and more in this comprehensive visual celebration of prehistoric life. Dinosaurs is not simply a catalog of facts--it is a visual celebration of the history of all life on Earth, with a special focus on dinosaurs. It features more than 100 dinosaur species, many illustrated with exclusive, brand-new artworks. The new images vividly reflect the very latest research into what these prehistoric creatures looked like, including stunning new discoveries about feathered dinosaurs. Material is organized by category of animal: invertebrates, early vertebrates, dinosaurs and birds, and mammals.

    The existential despair of reading the Smithsonian's excellent dinosaur encyclopedia to your child, and realizing that all of human life pales in comparison to the 56 million years of the Jurassic and that nothing matters. https://t.co/LMSh3dClqs

  • It's as if the densely textual refuses to be oralised, cf. Walter Ong. While the reverse doesn't seem true to us (we can read 'The Odyssey'), we're actually missing the in-person attributes that made orality unique: the vagaries of recitation, music, chanting, body language.

  • The War of Art

    Steven Pressfield

    "In this powerful, straight-from-the-hip examination of the internal obstacles to success, bestselling author Steven Pressfield shows readers how to identify, defeat, and unlock the inner barriers to creativity. The War of Art is an inspirational, funny, well-aimed kick in the pants guaranteed to galvanize every would-be artist, visionary, or entrepreneur." --from back cover.

    If any creative needs a tough-love pep talk, or any aspiring creative needs a reality check around what being a 'professional' means, I recommend Pressfield's 'The War of Art'. It's the harsh lesson (or reminder) you need. https://t.co/Z1gbyA5QxZ

  • The Image

    Daniel Joseph Boorstin

    For more on our pseudo-event culture, Boorstin's 'The Image' is a brilliant exploration of how that culture started with TV. https://t.co/N7Pe3ajkIy

  • Bobos in Paradise

    David Brooks

    Do you believe that spending $15,000 on a media center is vulgar, but that spending $15,000 on a slate shower stall is a sign that you are at one with the Zenlike rhythms of nature? Do you work for one of those visionary software companies where people come to work wearing hiking boots and glacier glasses, as if a wall of ice were about to come sliding through the parking lot? If so, you might be a Bobo. In his bestselling work of "comic sociology," David Brooks coins a new word, Bobo, to describe today's upper class -- those who have wed the bourgeois world of capitalist enterprise to the hippie values of the bohemian counterculture. Their hybrid lifestyle is the atmosphere we breathe, and in this witty and serious look at the cultural consequences of the information age, Brooks has defined a new generation.

    The most hilarious sendup of the NYT weddings nomenklatura is of course the first chapter of @nytdavidbrooks 'Bobos in Paradise', a perhaps unparalleled skewering of that entire caste. https://t.co/1tpGidqPo7

  • All the King's Men

    Robert Penn Warren

    Willie Stark's obsession with political power leads to the ultimate corruption of his gubernatorial administration.

    From perhaps the best American political novel ever written, Robert Penn Warren's "All the King's Men". https://t.co/nTHi29JfC4

  • The Culture of Narcissism

    Christopher Lasch

    When The Culture of Narcissism was first published in 1979, Christopher Lasch was hailed as a "biblical prophet" (Time). Lasch's identification of narcissism as not only an individual ailment but also a burgeoning social epidemic was groundbreaking. His diagnosis of American culture is even more relevant today, predicting the limitless expansion of the anxious and grasping narcissistic self into every part of American life. The Culture of Narcissism offers an astute and urgent analysis of what we need to know in these troubled times.

    Here's my soundcloud... Actually, fuck that. Go read Christopher Lasch's 'The Culture of Narcissism' instead. He called our current insanity in the 80s/90s, in tight, evocative prose. 'Revolt of the Elites' also called our current political moment. https://t.co/FgBPesNddg