Readings

The list below, in no particular order, is a selection of books that have shaped my mind over years.

Administrative Behavior by Herbert A. Simon
Models of My Life by Herbert A. Simon


If I read a book and it makes my whole body feel so cold no fire can ever warm me I know that is poetry.
If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.
-- Emily Dickinson

View with a Grain of Sand by Wislawa Szymborska
A Mencken Chrestomathy: His Own Selection of His Choicest Writing
A Mencken Chrestomathy by H. L. Mencken
Passion and Craft by Michael Szenberg (Ed.)
The Selected Letters of Tennessee Williams (1945-1957)
On Chinese Gardens by Chen Congzhou
Tao Te Ching by Lao Tsu
The Conquest of Happiness by Bertrand Russell


Echoes of cries of pain reverberate in my heart. Children in famine, victims tortured by oppressors, helpless old people a burden to their sons, and the whole world of loneliness, poverty, and pain make a mockery of what human life should be. I long to alleviate this evil, but I cannot, and I too suffer.
-- Bertrand Russell

River Town by Peter Hessler
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
Sonnets from the Portuguese and Other Poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

We assume some of the most peculiar and temporary of our late advantages as natural, permanent, and
to be depended on, and we lay our plans accordingly... On this sandy and false foundation we scheme
for social improvement and dress our political platforms...
-- John Maynard Keynes

 

 

The Economic Consequences of the Peace by by John Maynard Keynes
Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy by Joseph A. Schumpeter
Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles MacKay
The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs
Hackers & Painters by Paul Graham

I would rather be ashes than dust!
I would rather that my spark should burn out
in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom
of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
-- Jack London

"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" by Richard Feynman
Love Poems by Pablo Neruda
The Sirens' Song by Maurice Blanchot