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The Production of Money: How to Break the Power of Bankers
3.66
liked it
This is a very short book.

Pros: Easy to read; covers an important topic; makes some good points about the nature of money and how it's commonly mischa
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Sep 06, 2017
May 12, 2017
 
Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right
3.57
liked it
I have a complicated personal history with 4chan (I cringe when I think of how much time I used to spend on /b/ when I was younger) so I was really lo ...more
Aug 20, 2017
Aug 20, 2017
 
23 Things They Don't Tell You about Capitalism
3.97
liked it
I agree with the core message of this book but found the specific arguments made to be insufficiently radical, shallow, or not well structured (someti ...more
May 12, 2017
Dec 31, 2016
 
Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work
4.08
it was amazing
So I'm someone with a technology background who recently got into leftist politics, and I feel like this book was written for me. It's a short book (l ...more
Aug 08, 2017
Oct 05, 2016
 
Who Owns the Future?
3.76
it was ok
This book was a rollercoaster ride.

I wholeheartedly agree with his sentiments about needing to reshape technology to suit the needs of human beings an
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Oct 07, 2017
Jul 09, 2017
 
Collected Poems
4.22
it was amazing
I first encountered Larkin in the context of a high school English class. The prospect of impending exams and having to churn out 1,500 words on The T ...more
Jan 15, 2017
Jan 15, 2017
 
Aesthetics and Politics (Radical Thinkers)
4.16
it was amazing
This book combines two recently-discovered favourites of mine: literary theory, and Marxist theory. Of course, the two have obvious overlap, but I'd n ...more
Sep 29, 2017
Sep 05, 2017
 
Live Work Work Work Die: A Journey into the Savage Heart of Silicon Valley
3.76
really liked it
The writing style can be grating, especially when it comes to the first-person narrative, but there’s still a lot of good stuff in here. Does a decent ...more
May 27, 2018
Apr 26, 2018
 
Literary Theory: An Introduction
3.93
it was amazing
Wish I'd read this earlier in life
Sep 18, 2017
Jan 27, 2017
 
Chronicles: On Our Political and Economic Crisis
3.68
it was amazing
If your only encounter with Piketty's work is through the short but dry The Economics of Inequality, or the much longer Capital in the Twenty-First Ce ...more
Jul 19, 2017
Dec 02, 2016
 
Fragments: Cool Memories III, 1990-1995
3.69
it was amazing
The current top review says "this is like what'd happen is baudrillard had a blog", and I feel like that's a fairly accurate description. Or maybe mor ...more
Dec 09, 2017
Dec 02, 2017
 
Capital in the Twenty-First Century
4.03
really liked it
Had to read this for class. It's okay. I agree with this GR review:
Piketty believes in democracy, and that's beautiful, but he also believes we can sa
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Dec 03, 2017
Oct 06, 2016
 
Thomas Piketty's 'Capital in the Twenty First Century': An Introduction
4.29
it was amazing
I went in expecting basically nothing but this book turned out to be so, so good. Clear and accessible prose + situating Piketty in the proper histori ...more
Oct 31, 2017
Sep 05, 2017
 
Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?
4.14
it was amazing
So good.

My favourite quote:

"There are certainly conspiracies in capitalism, but the problem is that they are themselves only possible because of deepe
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Feb 27, 2017
Jan 14, 2017
 
Capitalism Without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy
3.75
it was ok
I mostly skimmed it, to be honest, but most f what I read was pretty bad. This is such a stereotypical business book. If you want a more critical take ...more
Aug 2018
Dec 02, 2017
 
Platform Revolution: How Networked Markets Are Transforming the Economy--and How to Make Them Work for You
4.16
it was ok
I almost feel guilty giving this a review since I'm deliberately reading it critically (for my dissertation), as I'm definitely not the intended audie ...more
Aug 02, 2018
Oct 28, 2017
 
Violence
3.89
really liked it
There's enough brilliance in this book to merit 5 stars, but I couldn't quite overlook its flaws. The many cultural references scattered throughout th ...more
Jul 22, 2017
Jul 18, 2017
 
Marx, Capital and the Madness of Economic Reason
4.17
it was amazing
I read this in preparation for a David Harvey lecture held at LSE last night. I didn't actually get to go to the event (it was over capacity ... Marxi ...more
Sep 19, 2017
Jul 26, 2017
 
WTF?: What's the Future and Why It's Up to Us
4.17
liked it
Mixed feelings about this one. Worth reading if you want a better understanding of how the tech industry works. His central thesis is that many of the ...more
Jul 29, 2018
Oct 04, 2017
 
The Bleeding Edge: Why Technology Turns Toxic in an Unequal World
4.73
really liked it
This book is way longer than I think it needs to be (some of the chapters were crammed with historical facts without seeming to add much to the larger ...more
Sep 04, 2017
Aug 12, 2017
 
The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
4.19
it was amazing
You need to read this if you haven't already. The titular essay, located near the end of the book, is one of my favourite pieces of writing, ever -- I ...more
Feb 07, 2017
Dec 21, 2016
 
Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity
3.86
really liked it
It's not perfect, but there's some good stuff here. Would highly recommend for anyone with a tech background but little background in critical analyse ...more
Jul 31, 2018
Jul 31, 2018
 
Cutting Code: Software and Sociality
3.88
liked it
I came across this in the library (it was sitting next to Software Studies: A Lexicon, which I thought might be an interesting read) and figured I'd g ...more
Nov 29, 2017
Nov 29, 2017
 
Platform Capitalism
3.94
it was amazing
A compelling and thoughtful look at some of the largest players in the technology industry from a Marxist perspective. Very short (the endnotes begin ...more
Jun 26, 2017
Jun 24, 2017
 
Debt: The First 5,000 Years
4.16
it was amazing
"To begin to free ourselves, the first thing we need to do is to see ourselves again as historical actors, as people who can make a difference in the ...more
Feb 27, 2017
Jan 15, 2017
 
Enjoying It: Candy Crush and Capitalism
3.56
liked it
There are some interesting bits about the ideological function of games within capitalism (which, after all, is the core premise of the book) but over ...more
Mar 05, 2018
Dec 29, 2017
 
The PlayStation Dreamworld
3.63
liked it
This is an extremely short book, with a mere 133 pages of content conveyed through large text surrounded by Antarctic-sized margins. It's a bit of an ...more
Dec 29, 2017
Nov 20, 2017
 
Does Capitalism Have a Future?
3.77
it was amazing
This book gives me life

Longer review to come
Apr 07, 2017
Apr 04, 2017
 
What's Yours is Mine: against the sharing economy
3.67
liked it
I skim-read this for my dissertation. I'm sympathetic to the author's political leanings (i.e. his critical perspective on these platforms), but it's ...more
Aug 02, 2018
Aug 02, 2018
 
The Candidate: Jeremy Corbyn's Improbable Path to Power
4.56
it was amazing
spellbinding
Mar 09, 2018
Nov 22, 2017
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