This is a list of essays and authors I re-read often — the type of writing where you get something new out of it each time. Inspired by Slava Akhmechet’s post.
- The days are long but the decades are short, Sam Altman
- Was Cypher Right?: Why We Stay In Our Matrix, Robin Hanson
- It’s Not Easy, Oak Tree Capital
- How to Be Happy, NYT
- Relentlessly Resourceful, Paul Graham
- What You Can’t Say, Paul Graham
- Visualizing Algorithms, Mike Bostock
- How to Say Nothing in 500 Words, Paul Roberts
- The LA Speed Story, Brian Shul
- The Costs of Savoring, Robin Hanson
- A Mathematician’s Lament, Paul Lockhart
- 500 Miles, Trey Harris
- Julia Galef
- Scott Alexander (alternative list here)
These are the books that I re-read and recommend the most. Some are pragmatic, some are simply pleasure reading.
- Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!, Richard Feynman
- The Elephant in the Brain, Robin Hanson
- Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand
- The Complete Robot, Isaac Asimov
- The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg
- The Three Languages of Politics, Arnold Kling
- Influence, Robert Cialdini
- The Most Good You Can Do, Peter Singer
- The Hard Thing About Hard Things, Ben Horowitz
- Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson
- The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
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Yes, I genuinely do like The Old Man and the Sea. Everyone yells at me for that one. It’s the one “school made me read this” book I didn’t hate. I usually re-read it once a year or so.