Playing the Whore

Melissa Gira Grant

The thesis of Melissa Gira Grant’s Playing The Whore is simple: sex work is work.

The Peripheral

William Gibson

Drones, haptics, ocular implants, virtual reality, climate change, nanotechnology, celebrity: like all of Gibson’s novels, The Peripheral is a novel of the future that’s entirely about the present.

A vigorous defense of the value of culture and a rejection of simplistic market fantasies that reduce art, journalism, and music to demand economics.

Naomi Klein’s newest book has a singular and irrefutable claim: responding to climate change requires nothing less than dismantling capitalism from the ground up.

Bad Feminist

Roxane Gay

We should all be as bad at feminism as Roxane Gay is.

The Boy Kings

Katherine Losse

An important counter-narrative to the usual mythical startup genre.

Making remote teams work

Observations about what makes for a good remote culture, and why it’s likely here to stay.

Remote

Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson

A breezy and utilitarian introduction to remote working.

How to Live

Sarah Bakewell

Bakewell brilliantly extracts principles for living from Montaigne’s life and letters; this is a biography which is transparent about its purpose.

Men Explain Things to Me

Rebecca Solnit

The title is cheeky, the subject is not: Solnit’s explorations into the power structures that underlie violence against women, rape culture, marriage equality, and, yes—mansplaining—is both scathing and hopeful.

Waste time

On Madness, Rack, and Honey

“I never set out to write this book,” Mary Ruefle begins. And yet, she did write it, and that contradiction is the first of many.

Tigerman

Nick Harkaway

Harkaway’s fiction occupies an extraordinary space between evocative sci-fi dystopia and Hollywood action-adventure—in other words, it is completely irresistible.