The Real World of Technology

Ursula M. Franklin

A criticism of technology that puts the needs of humans ahead of the needs of technology.

The Left Hand of Darkness

Ursula K. Le Guin

A human envoy arrives on a planet known as “Winter.” His solitary mission is to welcome the people of Winter to a collection of planets, but to do so he must first find welcome himself.

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.

Kool-Aid

On being a woman in tech.

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.