My favorite books of 2021

This was a competitive year, because The Sovereign Individual and The Revolt of the Public were absolutely going to take two slots, leaving room for only one more. So I cheated a little and added a runners-up list. The Sovereign Individual: Mastering the Transition to the Information Age.There is so much packed into this book,Continue reading “My favorite books of 2021”

What is “reality,’” according to physics?

I wanted to get a sense of what reality is really like, at least based on what scientists say. So I picked up copies of The Order of Time and Seven Brief Lessons of Physics, by the Italian physicist Carlo Rovelli. These were my takeaways. An overview of what reality is Reality.We are immersed inContinue reading “What is “reality,’” according to physics?”

Favorite Books of 2020

My favorite book of 2020 was Navalmanack, by Naval Ravikant. Best of all, it’s free. Naval is a philosopher and entrepreneur, and this book collects his interviews, tweets and articles over the years. What you get is helpful mental models for navigating life. Navalmanack is the best book I’ve read in five years. Off theContinue reading “Favorite Books of 2020”

A review of “The Secret History”

A lovingly-crafted review of The Secret History, a book about a group of intellectuals bound by a secret. I liked the book a lot because the characters were believable, there is a touch of the weird, and a heavy dose of the remote. From the review: The Secret History is my personal Platonic ideal ofContinue reading “A review of “The Secret History””

Is Gamedec the cyberpunk Disco Elysium?

Mostly no, but it’s the closest I’ve found so far. That makes it worth the journey. Lately I’ve been on a quest to find games like Disco Elysium. Exactly like Disco Elysium, in fact. Which is impossible. The things I like about Disco Elysium are: No combat Intense character personalization through dialogue A world thatContinue reading “Is Gamedec the cyberpunk Disco Elysium?”