What I’m Reading

Another Bullshit Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn (writers live interesting lives)

Hating Women: America’s Hostile Campaign Against the Fairer Sex by Shmuley Boteach (this book was so offensive and stupid I can’t even link to it)

The Elephant in the Greek and Roman World (Aspects of Greek and Roman life) by H. H. Scullard (awesome. I am desperately trying to find a copy of this cheaply. I had one lined up but it fell through. I can’t believe I should have to pay $100 for a book about elephants just because the publisher is stupid. if anyone can find one, we’ll work something out)

The Cluetrain Manifesto by Christopher Locke, others. (bought it to have a copy and flipped through. regardless of the hype, the authors are genuinely bad writers)

Buying In: The Secret Dialog Between What We Buy and Who We Are by Rob Walker (dismissed a lot of marketing/web 2.0 bullshit)

The Man Who Would Be Queen: The Science of Gender-Bending and Transsexualism by J Michael Bailey (this book is really good and honest. attacks the foundations of modern social sciences. there was a great article about in the New York Times about it. )

Where Wild Things Are the Perks of Power (NYT) (I’ve read Belozerskaya’s book which is pretty good. Still I don’t think there has been a book that really captures the fascination and joy the subject inherently has. It’s something I have been trying to wrap my head around lately. Ideas?)

Why Communities Run on Love/Passion/Personality and Not Organization or Math

This is really cool and creepy

Written by Ryan Holiday
Ryan Holiday is the bestselling author of Trust Me, I’m Lying, The Obstacle Is The Way, Ego Is The Enemy, and other books about marketing, culture, and the human condition. His work has been translated into thirty languages and has appeared everywhere from the Columbia Journalism Review to Fast Company. His company, Brass Check, has advised companies such as Google, TASER, and Complex, as well as Grammy Award winning musicians and some of the biggest authors in the world. He lives in Austin, Texas.