Media Diet

One of the most important things people with high information intake can do is be incredibly particular about what they consume. This lesson took me years to learn, and required fighting against strong media incentives.

This is my media diet, a digital bookshelf of sorts. Learn more about why I do this, and how I built my reading habit. I write short summaries of books and media that I’ve consumed here.

This is dominated by non-fiction books, though if something else was particularly notable, I’ll include it. In general, I leave out books that I didn't finish or found particularly bad.

Geopolitical Alpha

The Internet Con

How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life

Same as Ever

The Company

Shop Class as Soulcraft

The Four Agreements


Numbers Don't Lie

Wild Mind

The Prize

Going Infinite

Industrial Society and Its Future

The Silva Mind Control Method

Coyote America


The World Behind the World

The Pathless Path

The Flip

The Infinite Game




Never Finished

Reasons and Persons


A Mathematician's Lament

Society Of The Spectacle

The 2-Hour Cocktail Party

In & Of Itself

Radical Wholeness

The Motivation Myth

The Courage to be Happy

The Creative Act

The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

Wild Problems

When We Cease to Understand the World

Land is a Big Deal

Can't Hurt Me

Existential Kink

The 12-Hour Walk

Four Thousand Weeks

Barbarians at the Gate


On Tyranny

Stubborn Attachments

The Most Important Century


How the World Really Works

The Tacit Dimension


Everything Everywhere All at Once


The Anthropocene Reviewed

Why Greatness Cannot Be Planned

15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership

The Genetic Lottery

Lost in Math

King Warrior Magician Lover

Crazy Like Us

The Road Less Traveled

Finite and Infinite Games

The Death and Life of Great American Cities

The War of Art

Small is Beautiful

The Decadent Society

Our Pristine Mind

Awakening from the Meaning Crisis

The Elephant in the Brain

Disunited Nations

The Power of Focusing

The Dictator's Handbook

The Mind is Flat

How Asia Works

Surfaces and Essences

Seeing Like a State

The Beginning of Infinity

Think Again

Cynical Theories

The Immortality Key

Working Backwards


The Hidden Life of Trees

The Mind Illuminated

The Rise of Carry

A Guide for the Perplexed

Fierce Intimacy

Living from the Soul




The Fish That Ate the Whale

The Coddling of the American Mind

Civilized to Death

I Am a Strange Loop

The Wedge


Why We're Polarized

Smart People Should Build Things

The Joy of Movement

The Courage to Be Disliked

Fantastic Fungi

The Way of the Superior Man

Strong Towns

The Manual

The E-Myth Revisited

Our Mathematical Universe

Secrets of Sand Hill Road


Why Evolution is True

Stillness Is the Key

Radical Markets


Nonviolent Communication

How Not to Die

High Growth Handbook


The End of Average

The Personalized Diet

Deep Medicine

Free Will

The Art of Gathering

Doing Justice

Waking Up

Big Magic

Taking the Work Out of Networking

Make Time

Extreme Ownership

Being Mortal

Thinking in Bets

The Righteous Mind

Trust Me, I'm Lying


These are entirely subjective, and roughly try to capture my personal enjoyment and usefulness, and how likely I'd recommend it to others. Don't read too much into this unless you love my judgement. Rough guidelines:

A: Top quartile. Changed the way I think about something.

B: Worthwhile. I took away something useful.

C: Didn't hit, wouldn't directly recommend. Likely won't revisit.

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