Books I've read since January 2018


The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering (1995) by Frederick P. Brooks Jr.

Kissing Architecture (2011) by Sylvia Lavin

Recruiting (2021) by Ryan Breslow

Fully Automated Luxury Communism (2019) by Aaron Bastani

Writers in the Secret Garden: Fanfiction, Youth, and New Forms of Mentoring (2019) by Cecilia Aragon and Katie Davis

The Culture Industry (1991) by Theodor Adorno

Fundraising (2021) by Ryan Breslow

I Heart Logs: Event Data, Stream Processing, and Data Integration (2014) by Jay Kreps

Secrets of Sand Hill Road (2019) by Scott Kupor

How Behavior Spreads (2018) by Damon Centola

The Cold Start Problem (2021) by Andrew Chen

State of Resistance (2018) by Manuel Pastor

Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community (2001) by Robert D. Putnam

Token Economy (2020) by Shermin Voshmgir

Designing Event-Driven Systems (2018) by Ben Stopford

Two Scoops of Django (2021) by Daniel Feldroy and Audrey Feldroy

Midwest Futures (2020) by Phil Christman

Manufacturing Happy Citizens (2019) by Edgar Cabanas and Eva Illouz

Ideology and the Virtual City (2019) by Jon Bailes

Kubeflow for Machine Learning (2020) by Trevor Grant et al.

Leave Society (2021) by Tao Lin

The Jakarta Method (2020) by Vincent Bevins

Perks and Parachutes (1997) by Paul Fargis

The Ministry for the Future (2020) by Kim Stanley Robinson


How Nonviolence Protects the State (2007) by Peter Gelderloos

Heaven in Disorder (2021) by Slavoj Žižek

Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19 (2021) Alina Chan and Matt Ridley

The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy (2018) by Mariana Mazzucato

Failure to Disrupt: Why Technology Alone Can't Transform Education (2020) by Justin Reich

Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future (2016) by Joichi Ito and Jeff Howe

Attention Factory: The Story of TikTok & China’s ByteDance (2020) by Matthew Brennan

The Extreme Self (2021) by Shumon Basar, Douglas Coupland, and Hans Ulrich Obrist

The Dragons and the Snakes: How the Rest Learned to Fight the West (2020) by David Kilcullen

The Last Man Takes LSD: Foucault and the End of Revolution (2021) by Mitchell Dean and Daniel Zamora

The Revenge of the Real: Politics for a Post-pandemic World (2021) by Benjamin Bratton

How to Blow Up a Pipeline (2021) by Andreas Malm

After Geoengineering: Climate Tragedy, Repair, and Restoration (2019) by Holly Buck

Ready Player One (2011) by Ernest Cline

The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths (2011) by Mariana Mazzucato

The San Francisco Tape Music Center: 1960s Counterculture and the Avant-Garde (2008) edited by David W. Bernstein

A Short History of Financial Euphoria (1990) by John Kenneth Galbraith

Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity in This Crisis (2020) by Dean Spade

Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action (1990) by Elinor Ostrom

Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed (1998) by James C. Scott

War with China: Thinking Through the Unthinkable (2016) by David C. Gompert, Astrid Stuth Cevallos, and Cristina L. Garafola

Planet of Slums (2006) by Mike Davis

Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right (2017) by Angela Nagle

Glitch Feminism (2020) by Legacy Russell

The Corona Crash: How the Pandemic Will Change Capitalism (2020) by Grace Blakeley

Against the Web: A Cosmopolitan Answer to the New Right (2020) by Michael Brooks

Private Government (2017) by Elizabeth Anderson

Building Mobile Apps at Scale (2021) by Gergely Orosz

@heaven: The Online Death of a Cybernetic Futurist (2015) edited by Kim Hastreiter

The Psychology of Money (2020) by Morgan Housel

Blockchain Chicken Farm: And Other Stories of Tech in China's Countryside (2020) by Xiaowei Wang

Terror and Modernity (2019) by Donatella Di Cesare

Hate Inc. (2019) by Matt Taibbi

The Business Secrets of Drug Dealing (2021) by Matt Taibbi and "Anonymous"

Checkpoint Zipolite (2021) by Belén Fernández

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy (2019) by Jenny Odell

American Bonds: How Credit Markets Shaped a Nation (2019) by Sarah L. Quinn

Lying for Money: How Legendary Frauds Reveal the Workings of Our World (2021) by Dan Davies

Delivering Happiness (2010) by Tony Hsieh

Subprime Attention Crisis: Advertising and the Time Bomb at the Heart of the Internet (2020) by Tim Hwang

UX Strategy (2021) by Jaime Levy

Austerity Ecology & the Collapse-porn Addicts (2015) by Leigh Phillips

The Gig Mafia: How Small Networks and High-Speed Digital Funds Transfers Have Changed the Face of Organized Crime (2021) by David M. Shapiro

Apollo's Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way We Live (2020) by Nicholas A. Christakis

The Gift of Fear (2000) by Gavin de Becker

Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla (2013) by David Kilcullen

Virtue Hoarders: The Case against the Professional Managerial Class (2021) by Catherine Liu

Existentialism Is a Humanism (1948) by Jean-Paul Sartre

7 Powers: The Foundations of Business Strategy (2016) by Hamilton Helmer

The China Study (2016) by T. Colin Campbell

Animal Liberation (1975) by Peter Singer

The Manager's Path (2017) by Camille Fournier

Getting to Yes (1991) by Roger Fisher and William Ury

I Liked It, Didn't Love It: Screenplay Development from the Inside Out (2009) by Rona Edwards and Monika Skerbelis

Governing by Debt (2015) by Maurizio Lazzarato

Overlanders' Handbook (2017) by Chris Scott

The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008 (2008) by Paul Krugman

Deep Work (2016) by Cal Newport

The Velvet Rope Economy: How Inequality Became Big Business (2020) by Nelson D. Schwartz

The People’s Republic of Walmart (2019) by Leigh Phillips and Michal Rozworski

How Democracy Ends (2018) by David Runciman


What the CEO Wants You to Know (2001) by Ram Charan

Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts (2018) by Annie Duke

Democracy in Times of Pandemic: Different Futures Imagined (2020) edited by Miguel Poiares Maduro and Paul W. Kahn

Infinite Jest (1996) by David Foster Wallace

Chris Marker (2006) by Nora M. Alter

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World (2019) by David Epstein

The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture (2005) by John Battelle

The State and Revolution (1917) by Vladimir Lenin

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art (2020) by James Nestor

The Terrorist's Dilemma: Managing Violent Covert Organizations (2013) by Jacob N. Shapiro

Pandemic! 2: Chronicles of a Time Lost (2020) by Slavoj Žižek

Inspired: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love (2017) by Marty Cagan

The New Geography of Jobs (2012) by Enrico Moretti

Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution (2012) by David Harvey

All Marketers Are Liars: The Power of Telling Authentic Stories in a Low-Trust World (2005) by Seth Godin

Where Art Belongs (2011) by Chris Kraus

Spiral Jetta: A Road Trip through the Land Art of the American West (2008) by Erin Hogan

Severance (2018) by Ling Ma

On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal (2019) by Naomi Klein

Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency: War Communism in the Twenty-First Century (2020) by Andreas Malm

Decoding Silicon Valley (2016) by Michelle E. Messina and Jonathan C. Baer

Digital Militarism: Israel's Occupation in the Social Media Age (2015) by Adi Kuntsman and Rebecca Stein

Decoding Albanian Organized Crime: Culture, Politics, and Globalization (2015) by Jana Arsovska

Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography (1981) by Roland Barthes

Blackshirts and Reds: Rational Fascism and the Overthrow of Communism (1997) by Michael Parenti

Global City Futures: Desire and Development in Singapore (2019) by Natalie Oswin

The Transparency of Evil: Essays in Extreme Phenomena (1993) by Jean Baudrillard

Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda (2002) by Noam Chomsky

Unrestricted Warfare (1999) by Wang Xiangsui and Qiao Liang

First as Tragedy, Then as Farce (2009) by Slavoj Žižek

The Spirit of Terrorism (2003) by Jean Baudrillard

Duchamp Is My Lawyer: The Polemics, Pragmatics, and Poetics of UbuWeb (2020) by Kenneth Goldsmith

Experimental Geography: Radical Approaches to Landscape, Cartography, and Urbanism (2009) by Nato Thompson

Very Important People: Status and Beauty in the Global Party Circuit (2020) by Ashley Mears

Archives (2019) by Andrew Lison, Marcel Mars, Tomislav Medak, and Rick Prelinger

Global Crime, Volume 2 (2019) edited by Philip L. Reichel

No Speed Limit: Three Essays on Accelerationism (2015) by Steven Shaviro

Police: A Field Guide (2018) by David Correia

The Right to Useful Unemployment (1978) by Ivan Illich

Jean Renoir (1973) by André Bazin

Extremism (2018) by J.M. Berger

Berries: A Global History (2018) by Heather Arndt Anderson

Roads and Bridges: The Unseen Labor Behind Our Digital Infrastructure (2016) by Nadia Eghbal

Economics in the Age of COVID-19 (2020) by Joshua Gans

California Design, 1930–1965: "Living in a Modern Way" (2011) edited by Wendy Kaplan

New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future (2018) by James Bridle

The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One (2006) by David Kilcullen

Hollywood Remakes, Deleuze and the Grandfather Paradox (2014) by Daniel Varndell

Homegrown: Engaged Cultural Criticism (2006) by bell hooks and Amalia Mesa-Bains

Global Crime, Volume 1 (2019) edited by Philip L. Reichel

The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire (2012) by Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin

Remote: Office Not Required (2013) by David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried

Possum Living (1978) by Dolly Freed

Militant Modernism (2009) by Owen Hatherley

Hinterland: America’s New Landscape of Class and Conflict (2018) by Phillip Neel

A Random Walk Down Wall Street (1973) by Burton G. Malkiel

Girl in a Band (2015) by Kim Gordon

Climate Leviathan: A Political Theory of Our Planetary Future (2018) by Joel Wainwright and Geoff Mann

Declaration (2012) by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri

The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success (2020) by Ross Douthat

Pandemic!: COVID-19 Shakes the World (2020) by Slavoj Žižek

How the World Swung to the Right: Fifty Years of Counterrevolutions (2018) by François Cusset

The Plains (1982) by Gerald Murnane

Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978–1984 (2005) by Simon Reynolds

Comradely Greetings: The Prison Letters of Nadya and Slavoj (2014) by Slavoj Žižek and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (1930) by Max Weber

The History of Sexuality, Volume 1 (1978) by Michel Foucault

American Babylon: Race and the Struggle for Postwar Oakland (2005) by Robert O. Self

Government in the Future (2005) by Noam Chomsky

The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte (1852) by Karl Marx

Silenced by Sound: The Music Meritocracy Myth (2019) by Ian Brennan

The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy (1994) by Christopher Lasch

Betting the Farm on a Drought (2015) by Seamus McGraw

The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming (2019) by David Wallace-Wells

Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis (2010) by Chris Williams

Drawn in Stereo (2015) by Michael Gillette

Beyond the Kale: Urban Agriculture and Social Justice Activism in New York City (2016) by Kristin Reynolds and Nevin Cohen

Good to Great (2001) by Jim Collins

John Baldessari: Pure Beauty (2009) edited by Jessica Morgan

Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2014) by Thomas Piketty

Thinking Architecture (1998) by Peter Zumthor

Conversations with Friends (2017) by Sally Rooney

Serious Python (2018) by Julien Danjou

The Urban Homestead (2008) by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen

Hooked (2014) by Nir Eyal

How Music Dies (or Lives) (2016) by Ian Brennan


Minima Moralia (1951) by Theodor Adorno

The Human War (2003) by Noah Cicero

Demanding the Impossible (2013) by Slavoj Žižek

Sand and Blood: America's Stealth War on the Mexico Border (2019) by John Carlos Frey

Clay: Contemporary Ceramic Artisans (2017) by Amber Creswell Bell

Calm Technology (2016) by Amber Case

Learning from Las Vegas (1972) by Robert Venturi, Steven Izenour, and Denise Scott Brown

Go to work and do your job. Care for your children. Pay your bills. Obey the law. Buy products. (2013) by Noah Cicero

Normal People (2018) by Sally Rooney

On the Clock (2019) by Emily Guendelsberger

Passage & Place (2014) edited by Annah Anti-Palidrome and Lex Non Scripta

The Wretched of the Earth (1961) by Frantz Fanon

Suburban Nation (2001) by Andrés Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck

The Art of Richard Diebenkorn (1997) by Jane Livingston

Chandelier Does Tokyo (2015) edited by Chelsea Baken

The Brutality of Fact: Interviews with Francis Bacon (1987) by David Sylvester

Demotivational Training (2013) by Guillaume Paoli

Bernadette Corporation: 2000 Wasted Years (2014) by Bernadette Corporation

Memphis: Objects, Furniture, and Patterns (1985) by Richard Horn

Sea Ranch: Diary of an Idea (2006) by Lawrence Halprin

Picasso and American Art (2006) by Michael FitzGerald

The Man in the High Castle (1962) by Philip K. Dick

The Disappointment Artist (2006) by Jonathan Lethem

Introducing Lacan (1992) by Darian Leader and Judy Groves

Open All Night (1995) by Ken Miller and William T. Vollmann

The Body Artist (2001) by Don DeLillo

True Tales from Another Mexico (2001) by Sam Quinones

Teaching to Transgress (1994) by bell hooks

Uncommon Places: The Complete Works (1982) by Stephen Shore

The Inner World of Farm Animals (2009) by Amy Hatkoff

Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past (2010) by Simon Reynolds

Violence: Six Sideways Reflections (2007) by Slavoj Žižek

Non-Places: An Introduction to Supermodernity (2009) by Marc Augé

Punk Ethnography: Artists & Scholars Listen to Sublime Frequencies (2006) edited by Michael Veal and Tammy Kim

Down, Out, and Under Arrest: Policing and Everyday Life in Skid Row (2016) by Forrest Stuart

Great Jones Street (1973) by Don DeLillo

Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk (1996) by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain

This is not a T-shirt (2019) by Bobby Hundreds

Universal Principles of Design (2003) by by William Lidwell, Kritina Holden, and Jill Butler

Practical Recommender Systems (2019) by Kim Falk

Red Star (1908) by Alexander Bogdanov

Venture Deals (2011) by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson

Zine Yearbook 9 (2008) edited by Joe Biel

The Debt Resistor's Operations Manual (2014) by Strike Debt

Face to Face: A Collection of Drawings & Political Cartoons (1973) by Fons Van Woerkom

Introduction to Civil War (2010) by Tiqqun

The Making of the Indebted Man: An Essay on the Neoliberal Condition (2012) by Maurizio Lazzarato

Mickey Muenning: Dreams and Realizations for A Living Architecture (2014) by Alan Hess and Mickey Muennig

Radical Suburbs: Experimental Living on the Fringes of the American City (2019) by Amanda Kolson Hurley

Civilization and Capitalism 15th-18th Century, Vol. 1: The Structures of Everyday Life (1979) by Fernand Braudel

What Is to Be Done?: Burning Questions of Our Movement (1902) by Vladimir Lenin

Now (2017) by The Invisible Committee

Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Young-Girl (2001) by Tiqqun

Ogilvy on Advertising (1963) by David Ogilvy

Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design (2018) by Kat Holmes

Stories of Your Life and Others (2002) by Ted Chiang

Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste (1979) by Pierre Bourdieu

Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future (2015) by Paul Mason

Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky (2002) by Noam Chomsky

To Our Friends (2015) by The Invisible Committee

The Brand Gap (2005) by Marty Neumeier

Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics (2000) by bell hooks

Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung (1964) by Mao Tse-tung

American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment (2018) by Shane Bauer

The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in An Age of Diminishing Expectations (1979) by Christopher Lasch

The Mirror of Production (1973) by Jean Baudrillard

Super Normal: Sensations of the Ordinary (2007) by Naoto Fukasawa and Jasper Morrison

Reengineering Retail: The Future of Selling in a Post-Digital World (2017) by Doug Stephens

High Growth Handbook (2018) by Elad Gil

Platform Capitalism (2016) by Nick Srnicek

Debt: The First 5,000 Years (2011) by David Graeber

The Great Reset: How New Ways of Living and Working Drive Post-Crash Prosperity (2010) by Richard Florida

Retail Disruptors: The Spectacular Rise and Impact of the Hard Discounters (2018) by Jan-Benedict Steenkamp

The Coming Insurrection (2009) by The Invisible Committee

Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life (2017) by Adam Greenfield

Tadao Ando: Complete Works (1997) edited by Francesco Dal Co

The Conquest of Bread (1892) by Peter Kropotkin

The Coffee Roaster's Companion (2014) by Scott Rao

Coming Up Short: Working-Class Adulthood in an Age of Uncertainty (2013) by Jennifer M. Silva

Learning SQL (2005) by Alan Beaulieu

REST in Practice: Hypermedia and Systems Architecture (2010) by Savas Parastatidis, Jim Webber, and Ian Robinson

literally show me a healthy person (2017) by Darcie Wilder

Muji (2010) by Jasper Morrison, Konstantin Grcic, and Naoto Fukasawa

K-punk: The Collected and Unpublished Writings of Mark Fisher (2018) by Mark Fisher

Designing Design (2003) by Kenya Hara

Practical Monitoring (2017) by Mike Julian

Site Reliability Engineering: How Google Runs Production Systems (2016) by Betsy Beyer et al.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (2014) by Marie Kondō

Silicon City: San Francisco in the Long Shadow of the Valley (2018) by Cary McClelland

Concrete (2012) edited by William Hall

Convenience Store Woman (2016) by Sayaka Murata

The Japanese Garden (2017) by Sophie Walker

Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America (2018) by James Fallows and Deborah Fallows


My Year of Rest and Relaxation (2018) by Ottessa Moshfegh

Belonging: A Culture of Place (1990) by bell hooks

Non-Stop Inertia (2011) by Ivor Southwood

The Lean Startup (2011) by Eric Ries

Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul (2017) by Jeremiah Moss

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future (2014) by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters

Welcome to the Desert of the Real: Five Essays on September 11 and Related Dates (2002) by Slavoj Žižek

Carrie (1974) by Stephen King

Babbling Corpse: Vaporwave and the Commodification of Ghosts (2016) by Grafton Tanner

Specters of Marx (1993) by Jacques Derrida

Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work (2015) by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams

Ghosts of My Life: Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost Futures (2014) by Mark Fisher

The Fall (1956) by Albert Camus

Ansel Adams: Classic Image Essays (1986) by Ansel Adams and John Szarkowski

The Weird and the Eerie (2016) by Mark Fisher

Wisconsin Death Trip (1973) by Michael Lesy

Naked City (1953) by Weegee

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1845) by Frederick Douglass

On Photography (1977) by Susan Sontag

Measure What Matters (2017) by John Doerr

The Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class (1976) by Dean MacCannell

Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1968) by Paulo Freire

Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age (2004) by Paul Graham

White (2009) by Kenya Hara

The Society of the Spectacle (1967) by Guy Debord

The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America (1997) by Warren Buffett

Street-Fighting Mathematics (2010) by Sanjoy Mahajan

Agglomeration Economics (2010) edited by Edward Glaeser

Understanding Tree Law (2014) by Barri Kaplan Bonapart

Oakland, Hub of the West (1981) by David Ollier Weber

What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia (2018) by Elizabeth Catte

The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy (1996) by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko

The Dog's Mind: Understanding Your Dog's Behavior (1990) by Ben Fogle

Consider the Lobster and Other Essays (2005) by David Foster Wallace

The Corrosion of Character: The Personal Consequences of Work in the New Capitalism (1998) by Richard Sennett

The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961) by Jane Jacobs

The Gulf War Did Not Take Place (1991) by Jean Baudrillard

The Poetics of Space (1958) by Gaston Bachelard

Zero Bugs and Program Faster (2016) by Kate Thompson

Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? (2009) by Mark Fisher

Free Software, Free Society: Selected Essays (2002) by Richard Stallman

The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class (2017) by Elizabeth Currid-Halkett

Be Here Now (1971) by Ram Dass

Dark Entries: Bauhaus and Beyond (1995) by Ian Shirley

Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams (1987) by Tom DeMarco and Tim Lister

How Not to Die (2015) by Michael Greger

Wabi-Sabi: For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers (1994) by Leonard Koren

Tokyo Totem (2015) edited by Edwin Gardner

Travels with Charley: In Search of America (1962) by John Steinbeck

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) by Lewis Carroll

Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War (2007) by Joe Bageant

In Praise of Shadows (1933) by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki

Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism (2009) by Melanie Joy

The Anarchist's Guide to Travel (2017) by Matthew Derrick

Making A Killing: The Political Economy of Animal Rights (2007) by Bob Torres

For colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf (1976) by Ntozake Shange

Pieces of Intelligence: The Existential Poetry of Donald H. Rumsfeld (2003) edited by Hart Seely