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The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond
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I was looking for a survey of the differences between modern (post-) industrialized societies and small-scale, traditional societies. This was long and filtered through his New Guinean worldview, but useful. He didn't discuss the question I'm current ...more
The Lonely City by Olivia Laing
" How was this? It looks good! "
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Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
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Felt like a pop-business book, although I did learn a few strategies.
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Misbehaving by Richard H. Thaler
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A little self-important, but as a history of the field and (primarily) his role in it, it's decent. Could not be more obvious that humans don't always (ever?) behave the way neoclassical models say we should. If we were rational, there'd be no need f ...more
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Marbles by Ellen Forney
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Insight into bipolar disorder: the experience, the diagnosis, and acceptance. Her illustrations are fun.
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Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
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If you can find meaning in Auschwitz, you can make meaning of any situation. The ultimate perspective on life's tragedies, herein.
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All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
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Beautiful writing, even if his run-on sentences and no-quotes got a little irritating. Want to know what makes Texas special? Mexico. Overall, just a dream.
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Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
"After I read this book, which I finished many, many years ago, I had become self-critical of any future endeavours which would take up a lot of my time. I would ask myself "is this or will this be meaningful to me?", and if the answer was "no", I..." Read more of this review »
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Stephen King
“There are books full of great writing that don't have very good stories. Read sometimes for the story... don't be like the book-snobs who won't do that. Read sometimes for the words--the language. Don't be like the play-it-safers who won't do that. But when you find a book that has both a good story and good words, treasure that book.”
Stephen King

“You have to not care whether they approve of your or not,” she said when I called. “We do what we do to express ourselves, not to coincide with what others like. You’re lucky if they like anything you do.”
Debby Bull, Blue Jelly: Love Lost & the Lessons of Canning

Lydia Davis
“Heart weeps.
Head tries to help heart.
Head tells heart how it is, again:
You will lose the ones you love. They will all go. But even the earth will go, someday.
Heart feels better, then.
But the words of head do not remain long in the ears of heart.
Heart is so new to this.
I want them back, says heart.
Head is all heart has.
Help, head. Help heart.”
Lydia Davis, Varieties of Disturbance

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