Nonfiction Books That Changed How I See the World
- •How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale CarnegieThe classic. Drills major points into your head.
- •The Playboy Interview: John Lennon and Yoko OnoThis book was in my house as a kid, and I read it constantly. The way John Lennon talked made integrity cool to me.
- •What Is Your Dangerous Idea? edited by John BrockmanAn incredibly thought provoking anthology of 1-3 page essays by great thinkers on ideas that they think have great danger to them, and could be exploited for bad purposes.
- •Seven Experiments That Could Change the WorldI'm very pro-science and anti-superstition, and this is a book that defends the possibility of extra-rational activity by examining extremely compelling examples of phenomena unexplained by science that the scientific community has a taboo against exploring. A riveting book filled with cool things. The best chapter is on the mystery of pigeon homing instincts.
- •The Oxford Book of AphorismsThis is a quotation book. Just about every single one is both wise and rock star cool. Heavily represented: Pascal, Voltaire, and others who said great things that are cool to quote and think about.
- •Do the Movies Have a Future? by David DenbyThe New Yorker film critic traces how film used to be a relevant "national theater," how that ended, and what it would take to be that again.
- •On Beauty and Being Just by Elaine ScarryBeautiful, brief, provocative treatise by Harvard professor Elaine Scarry