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Thinking Fast and Slow

Daniel Kahnemen wrote this book published in 2011 and it is the best business book I’ve ever read.  Only it’s not really about business.  It’s about humans and how we think.
This book’s many, many lessons on human thinking, heuristics, fallacies and ideas are mostly premised on two “systems” of human thought.  System 1 is our [...]

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

The last of three non work books I picked up last year due to needing a break from industry research, Fear and Loathing is Hunter S. Thompson’s most renowned work, an entry into gonzo journalism which he helped to pioneer.
This was the first book I’ve read of Thompson’s, and it was extremely interesting.  The idea [...]

Thank You for Arguing

The last few months I’ve been reading a book called “Thank You for Arguing,” which is dedicated to understanding and improving the important art of rhetoric.  Of all skill sets in life, I’d imagine that the capability to utilize rhetoric effectively in personal or group discussions will likely have the largest impact on your career [...]

In Cold Blood – Truman Capote

I’ve been reading a lot lately, well really the last year.  A very large amount of that has been work reading–learning about solar power, climate change, decarbonization of the planet andelectrification of our power systems.  But about two months ago, I hit a wall.  I was tired of reading for an hour every night about [...]

Ham On Rye

Charles Bukowski is a writer I’ve been hearing about, off and on, for years.  He has been referenced in songs of musical artists I follow, as well as friends recommending his work.  Still, I didn’t find the time to actually read one of his books until my recent vacation.
Ham On Rye is a seemingly autobiographical [...]

Consider the Lobster – David Foster Wallace

Before the last year ended, I completed the book “Consider the Lobster” by DFW.  He was a truly impressive writer in many regards.  His ability to explain his internal thought process in a witty and endearing fashion was above his peers.  This book is actually an amalgamation of essays he had put together over the [...]

Wolf In White Van

Having completed Catch 22 a month ago, it was time to pick up a new book. I’d asked for a Wolf In White Van during Christmas. John Darnielle is one of my all time favorite writers, but only as a singer songwriter in the Mountain Goats.  His song writing is truly exceptional, taking [...]

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

Over the last few months, I’ve been reading Catch 22 by Joseph Heller.
It’s a longer book, with a meandering storyline initially which follows the wartime travails of John Yossarian in the waning missions of WWII.  John is a pilot flying missions dropping bombs and avoiding shrapnel fire from the land defenses over which he and [...]

Siddhartha

Perhaps Herman Hesse’s most famous work, Siddhartha is a short, but intense story of one man’s life.
I’ve only read one other book by Hesse — Steppenwolf.  They are starkly different books.  Siddhartha is very much a confident and exuberant individual initially, and sees life as a book meant to be opened and interpreted freely.  He [...]

Grendel

John Gardner created an antihero explanation of Beowulf most memorable villain in 1971.
For those of you unfamiliar with Beowulf (I’ve never read it), it’s renowned as an incredibly important poem due to being the oldest known existing poem from English literature.  For an easy, and entertaining way to understand the story, you can watch the [...]

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