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Dataclysm by Christian Rudder
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This book subtly but fundamentally changed the way I look at the world, and I highly recommend it to 100% of everyone. The chief of data analysis at OkCupid, the large, free dating site, consulted the data only he has access to as well as a few other ...more
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Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre
Nausea
by Jean-Paul Sartre
read in August, 2014
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In case you wondered where the term "existential horror" came from, here's as good an introduction as you're likely to find. For all the narrator is convinced he's the victim of his own overwhelming insightfulness, I find myself equally convinced thi ...more
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The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Road
by Cormac McCarthy
read in January, 2011
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Well executed post-apocalyptic realism. Not terribly complex nor cheery, but impeccably wrought.
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The Made-Up Self by Carl Klaus
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It's a textbook by a U. Iowa professor, and the style is correspondingly dry. ("Is this for a class?" asked the bookstore clerk when I asked for it.) But it's a short read, and it builds a case I find both thought provoking and highly topical in an a ...more
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The Boys, Volume 1 by Garth Ennis
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Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi
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Excellent read. Not overly sensationalist -- it's written by the prosecuting attorney. Detailed enough to be informative, yet not dry.
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The Lessons of History by Will Durant
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The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
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My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
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A Jewish boy after WWII has a profound talent and passion for visual art, and it utterly alienates him from his community. A very moving and poetic fiction. Explores a favorite theme of mine: the value of negative, confrontational, or otherwise contr ...more
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We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Ou... by Philip Gourevitch
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If you want to understand -- really understand -- why genocide occurs, this book probably won't help you, and the author tells you that up front. Because no amount of information you get about it will ever cause it to actually make sense. You can sta ...more
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