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Deep Work by Cal Newport
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This book ranges between the prophetic and obscene. Ostensibly, the argument is that deep work, work that takes extreme mental focus, is not prioritized in our contemporary environment. As such, Newport argues that deep work is essential to getting a ...more
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Everything Is F*cked by Mark Manson
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This book is a dramatic hodgepodge of ideas. At times, it's damn near brilliant, with insights into philosophy and the root of human suffering. At other times, it's sort of off the wall and some of the jokes or insights fall flatter than a pancake. T ...more
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How to Fight by Thich Nhat Hanh
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Simple and excellent. I've read a lot of psychology over the last few months, coupled with podcasts. I think this might have been one of the most useful books about mindfulness and peace that I've read.
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Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport
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This book makes a compelling, though imperfect case for putting down your Iphone and deleting a variety of apps. I'm mostly on board, and it's a fairly comprehensive look at the negative aspects of social media and suggestions for what you could be d ...more
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The Sovereignty of Good by Iris Murdoch
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Philosophy I can read! Also, it's pretty damn good. Probably just read her essays. In short, moral decision theory is problematic when it doesn't consider the in-between time that accumulates between big or moral decisions. Rather than trying to weig ...more
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Freedom Is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis
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Angela Davis reminds everyone that only through collective action and systemic change can a society move forward. She points to moments from the Civil Rights era through the Occupy movement and the militarization of police in Ferguson and Palestine, ...more
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Arlington Park by Rachel Cusk
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It's like Betty Friedan in modern English suburbs.
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Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks
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"Simply put, feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression."
This is a very accessible text on feminism. I highly encourage people to read it.
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How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell
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The best thing about this book is the way that Odell has synthesized some previous thinkers, Martin Buber, William James, in her critique of the attention economy. Ie, it's clear that she's done a lot of research about this subject and has some exper ...more
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