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Books Read

Last updated: Wednesday, May 11, 2022 by Drew Diver

This page is dedicated to a running list of books read.


  • Coming Up For Air by George Orwell
  • Ubik by Philip K. Dick
  • Valis by Philip K. Dick (Apparently this is pseudo-autobiographical, so he was clearly losing his mind.)
  • The Soundscape by R. Murray Schafer
  • The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
  • The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
  • The Cook by Harry Kressing


  • Misquoting Jesus by Bart D. Ehrman
  • Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
  • This is Your Mind on Plants by Michael Pollan
  • The Experience of Insight by Joseph Goldstein
  • Educated by Tara Westover
  • Age of Anxiety by Alan Watts
  • The Factory by Hiroko Oyamada
  • The Changeling by Kenzaburo Oe
  • No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai
  • The Bodhisattva Way by Santideva
  • The Zen Teachings of the Bodhidharma
  • Dreaming in Code by Scott Rosenberg
  • Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • The Way of Zen by Alan Watts
  • Blood-Soaked Buddha/Hard Earth Pascal by Noah Cicero
  • The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins


I’m missing my list for 2020, though to be fair, the whole year seemed somewhat absent.

  • Ocean of Sound by David Toop
  • Mona-Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson
  • Count Zeron by William Gibson
  • Neuromancer by William Gibson
  • Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The Jungle by Upton Sinclair


  • The Broom of the System by David Foster Wallace
  • I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Lain Reid
  • The Illusion of Immortality by Corliss Lamont
  • The One Device by Brian Merchant
  • Why We Make Things and Why It Matters by Peter Korn
  • Shop Class as Soul Craft by Matthew B. Crawford
  • Coders by Clive Thompson
  • Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus by Douglas Rushkoff
  • In the Beginning… was the Command Line by Neal Stephenson
  • Program or be Programmed by Douglas Rushkoff
  • Team Human by Douglas Rushkoff
  • The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt
  • The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley
  • Free Will by Sam Harris
  • Waking Up by Same Harris
  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  • Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport
  • All Minus One: John Stuart Mill’s Ideas on Free Speech Jonathan Haidt
  • The American Scholar by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Semiosis by Sue Burke
  • Foundryside (The founders #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett


  • A Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
  • A Personal Matter by Kenzaburo Oe
  • All Families are Psychotic by Douglas Coupland
  • Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet by Claire L. Evans
  • Bullshit Jobs: A Theory by David Graeber
  • Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation by Blake J. Harris (horrible made up dialog but great bits on the feud and history of Nintendo and Sega)
  • Creative Selection: Inside Apple’s Design Process During the Golden Age of Steve Jobs by Ken Kocienda
  • Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
  • Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress by Steven Pinker
  • Free for All: How Linux and the Free Software Movement Undercut the High-Tech Titans by Peter Wayner
  • Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture by Douglas Coupland
  • Hiking with Nietzsche: On Becoming Who You Are by John Kaag
  • Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture by Jake Kushner (This was a riot!)
  • On the Shortness of Life by Seneca
  • On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder
  • Royal City, Vol 1 & 2 by Jeff Lemire
  • Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs
  • So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport
  • Sunburst: The Ascent of Sun Microsystems by Mark Hall (A lot of great UNIX history, second-hand print only)
  • The Art of Failure: An Essay on the Pain of Playing Video Games by Jesper Juul
  • Walden Two by B.F. Skinner
  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  • Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation by Steven Johnson
  • Fire & Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff