Coetzee’s most important novel, sadly more relevant everyday.
Books published by Penguin
Pynchon’s famously difficult masterpiece. I destroyed three copies in a (failed) effort to grasp it completely.
Worth the hype, not because of the widely-hailed subject matter but because of the extraordinary writing.
Short, surreal little tales that experiment with the form of the story and often take the library as their subject.
Manguel’s lifelong dedication to reading plays itself out in a work that follows reading from clay tablets to present day.
A compelling little book arguing for “libertarian paternalism,” a doctrine that nudges people towards the decisions most likely to improve their lives, while maintaining their freedom to do as they choose.
Shirky’s popular book discusses the evolution of group collaboration in the age of social media, and, conversely, the increasing irrelevance of institutions.
Based on the BBC documentary, Berger begins with a retelling of Walter Benjamin’s Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction and concludes with a brilliant analysis of modern day advertising and its roots in Renaissance-era oil painting.
The book companion to Errol Morris’ movie of the same name. Where Morris tells the story with video and photography, Gourevitch communicates with words alone.
This little book from everyone’s favorite omnivore deftly defines a series of simple rules to eat by, expanding on his mantra from In Defense of Food: eat food, not too much, mostly plants.
Proust’s meditations on reading, and the gifts that writers leave their readers. Best read slowly.
In this follow-up to Here Comes Everybody, Shirky argues that we’re evolving from passive consumers of Seinfeld to creative makers of everything from lolcats to open source software to real-time news reporting.
A playful novel, part Kafka, part Borges. Reminded me of Terry Gilliam’s films (in the best possible way).