2021

"Read until you love to read." —NR

This is an ongoing list of 2021 reading.

Previously I've written about making a database, and simply keeping a list here contributes to that effort. I also have bookshelves...not everything needs to be digitized.

What I've found useful:

Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Stressors help us. Also, removing stressors weakens that which benefits from uncertainty and stress. Work out with a barbell. Don't eat the same thing everyday. Trial and error works.

Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Tawk is cheap. Put something on the line. Soul in the game is even deeper and more meaningful.

The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations that Transform The World by David Deutsch

Seek better explanations. If we do, there's no telling what we might discover.

The Pale King by David Foster Wallace

"...a whole culture can persist in a state of immaturity and blindness to itself," writes Jon Baskin in Ordinary Unhappiness, in reflection on Wallace's posthumously published work. I commented on this book here.

What I've found perplexing:

Do books like Silence of the Lambs draw attention away from actually grotesque conspiracies, given the focus on a genius solo supervillain?

What I've found lacking:

Most history... since it's written by winners and academics and published, often, by publishers who are monitored. Obviously, I'm speculating and making a sweeping statement—many will understand this intuitively or as common sense.