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“Well, sometimes everybody tells you something because it is true.” “Sometimes,” Nina clarified, “everybody tells you something because they are everybody. But why should one listen to everybody?

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The Future of Capitalism by Paul Collier
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Problem identification is often 90% of the way towards solution. Someone once said, "I don't like that rubber bands pull my hair out," and the scrunchy was an easy solution to solve that problem once identified.

And there's a difference between probl
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Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky
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Dune, Hyperion, Lord of the Rings...and this Children of Time series.

An incredible sequel to a book that was the best science fiction I may have ever read. If you’re looking for not one but many scientific ideas extended into the future, this series
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The Gift by Hafez
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I read this over a few months. "The Gift" really is a gift. Funny, fun, smart--just beautiful.

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--Startled by God
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A lone beautiful bird
These poems now rise in great white flocks
Against my mind’s va
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Stillness Is the Key by Ryan Holiday
Stillness Is the Key
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Ryan Holiday's translation of Meditations is incomparable and one of my favorite books of all time. I read his Daily Stoic book often if not quite daily. This book draws on the similar themes of his other works and didn't give a lot of insight. Mostl ...more
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The Bottom Billion by Paul Collier
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This has been on my radar for a long time (thank you Bill Gates) and I finally got to it.

One metaphor stuck with me. Are we really healthy if we have an open sore? Collier makes the macroeconomic case that we are not. And ferrets out some Interestin
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Stillness Is the Key by Ryan Holiday
Stillness Is the Key
by Ryan Holiday (Goodreads Author)
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Ryan Holiday's translation of Meditations is incomparable and one of my favorite books of all time. I read his Daily Stoic book often if not quite daily. This book draws on the similar themes of his other works and didn't give a lot of insight. Mostl ...more
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
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Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport
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The Body by Bill Bryson
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Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham
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Hafez
“WHAT SHOULD WE DO ABOUT THAT MOON? A wine bottle fell from a wagon And broke open in a field. That night one hundred beetles and all their cousins Gathered And did some serious binge drinking. They even found some seed husks nearby And began to play them like drums and whirl. This made God very happy. Then the “night candle” rose into the sky And one drunk creature, laying down his instrument, Said to his friend—for no apparent Reason, “What should we do about that moon?” Seems to Hafiz Most everyone has laid aside the music Tackling such profoundly useless Questions.”
Hafez, The Gift

Sally Rooney
“Life is the thing you bring with you inside your own head.”
Sally Rooney, Normal People

Stephen King
“The Internet is a bright house standing above a dark cellar with a dirt floor. Falsehoods sprout like mushrooms in that cellar.”
Stephen King, Sleeping Beauties

Stephen King
“the male species has performed abysmally on this side of the Tree, no amount of grade inflation can alter that conclusion,”
Stephen King, Sleeping Beauties

Thich Nhat Hanh
“Aimlessness does not mean doing nothing. It means not putting something in front of you to chase after. When we remove the objects of our craving and desires, we discover that happiness and freedom are available to us right here in the present moment.”
Thich Nhat Hanh, The Art of Living: Peace and Freedom in the Here and Now

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