reading list

Highlights from my Reading List – Week 45


  1. The Calculus of Grit – Venkatesh Rao
    On generalists vs specialists, what grit looks like from external vs internal frame of reference and the what do we mean by “work”. 

  2. Why people work: a quick field guide – Aaron Lewis
    An excerpt: I’ve been thinking a lot recently about why people work, what work is for, and what makes work worthwhile. There are probably as many answers to these questions as there are people in the workforce, but I wanted to try my hand at mapping out the main worker “tribes” of our time.

  3. How I Built My Network, Before I Knew Anyone – Ali Hamed
    This is a classic case study on how to solve a chicken-egg problem. 

  4. The Art of Gig – Venkatesh Rao
    A three part essay on indie consulting. This is A-grade humor + insightful writing.
    Part 1
    Part 2
    Part 3
  5. How to fail – Lou Keep
    An essay on the Fearless Girl statue fiasco on Wall Street.

  6. Lessons to my younger self (and other young people today) – Sam Gerstenzang
    Some excellent advice here.

  7. The Dead-Curious Cat and the Joyless Immortal – Venkatesh Rao
    An exposition on curiosity and its consequences.


reading list

Highlights from my Reading List – Week 44


  1. An Ending – George R.R. Martin
    RRM reminisces on 10 years of and the conclusion of Game of Thrones on HBO.

  2. Joining Intel – Riva Tez
    Riva on joining intel and why action > words.

  3. The Dark Forest Theory of the Internet – Yancey Strickler
    Are we retreating to private communities, away from public platforms?  Yancey thinks so: In response to the ads, the tracking, the trolling, the hype, and other predatory behaviors, we’re retreating to our dark forests of the internet, and away from the mainstream.

  4. The Uncomfortable Western Exceptionalism of René Girard – Will Martin
    An excellent essay on Girard’s biggest ideas and their implications for society
  5.  A Crude Look at the Whole: A Simple Guide to Complexity for National Security Professionals – The Strategy Bridge
    Complexity concepts applied to geopolitics and matters of national/international security

  6. The Uruk Machine – Lou Keep
    A summary of the Uruk series’ foundational concepts

  7. That’s Amore – Lou Keep
    Narcissism and understanding culture wars


reading list

Highlights from my Reading List – Week 43


  1. Chaos, butterfly effect, and stability – John Cook
    What the butterfly effect is and isn’t.

    How do we use leverage points in chaotic systems to steer direction? 

  2. We’re a Niche, We Just Didn’t Know – Anna Gát
    Anna on the rise of a new social phenomenon: from Twitter to IRL.

  3. The Problems in Remote Working – Ryan Hoover
    The future of work is distributed. Ryan and the Weekend Fund are trying to make this a reality. 

  4. Discovering the archetype: the ur-phenomenon – Painted Space
    On empiricism and the Goethean scientific method. This approach leads to fact and theory being one.

  5. Markets Are 10X Bigger Than Ever – Elad Gil
    Proof that markets are eating the world

  6. Meet the Pioneers, Take 4 – Pioneer App
    The latest edition of Pioneer awards.

  7. How To Get Into Product Management (And Thrive) – Lenny Rachitsky
    A massive compilation of the best resources for Product Management aspirants.
  8. Scraps 2: Metis, Mirrors, and Martin Guerre – Lou Keep
    Part 3 of the Uruk Series
  9. The Use and Abuse of Witchdoctors for Life – Lou Keep
    Part 4 of the Uruk Series: a case study in legibility as prelude to Hoffer
  10. Without belief in a god, but never without belief in a devil – Lou Keep
    A review of the book “True Believer” by Eric Hoffer


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Highlights from my Reading List – Week 42


  1. SSRIs, An Update – Slate Star Codex
    SSC on the efficacy of SSRIs (and their usage as anti-depressants) 

  2. Fascination Burnout – John Cook
    What does it feel like when everything looks fascinating? 

  3. 5-HTTLPR, A Pointed Review – Slate Star Codex
    SSC on the serotonin transporter gene 5-HTTLPR, bogus science and the flaws in antidepressant pharmacogenomic testing.

  4. One-on-ones are my most valuable meetings; here’s how I run them – Mathilde Colin
    Mathilde on how to run effective 1-o-1s. 
  5. Pecking Order and Flight Leadership – Sarah Constantin
    On the difference between dominance hierarchies and decision hierarchies.

  6. The Uruk Series – Lou Keep
    A monster of a series on capitalism, modernity and other things. 

  7. Man as a Rationalist Animal – Lou Keep
    Why seemingly irrational things are rational and why state interventions fail. This is an excellent review of the book Seeing Like a State.

    Part of the Uruk series.