Some random books I loved
Upon the mention from a friend, here are some random books I enjoyed:
- Antifragile: Taleb’s version of the optimizer’s guide to the good life. This installment in his book series populated what he called the “barbell strategy” to decision-making. It’s a pretty interesting heuristic.
- The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin: This mind-bloooowing trilogy makes me think about why we live as a species, generations after generations, and how much our civilization has left in the tank. I read the Chinese version, obviously, but I also heard great things about the English version.
- The Evolution Of Desire by David Buss: A rational view of love and desire.
- Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin: It’s like robust optimization applied to personal finance. It’s about saving money and our freedom. I love the analogy that good financial habits are like a dam, storing your life’s energy to one day power truly important things in life.
Looking forward to:
- The Practice of Groundedness by Brad Stulberg: I like the fusion of periodization from sports training and achieving our goals in career and life.
- Verissimus by Donald Robertson: a graphic novel about the Stoic Marcus Aurelius. Also, his audiobook version of How to Think Like a Roman Emperor is like a therapist whispering to you in a soothing Scottish accent.
Written on August 13, 2021