Agency

Like the shadows in Plato's cave, understanding…

The Wolf and the Watchman

Certain people read too much and get strange…

Ultralight Backpackin’ Tips

Record the totals, and make sure to add a…

Breakfast of Champions

This is a tale of a meeting of two lonesome,…

This Could Be Our Future

This book is about a simple idea. That a world…

You Look Like a Thing and I Love You

The researchers also tried putting the AI in a…

The Metamorphosis

One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from…

The Dhammapada

Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what…

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

A whodunit chalked full of astrology and animal…

Recursion

Good mind-bending fiction from the author of…

Summer

The last of the four books season series—Autumn,…

Atmosphæra Incognita

A short story about the realities of building a…

There, There

“You know what Gertrude Stein said about…

The Origin of Species

On beauty and birds: I can see no good reason…

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Subtlety #3: Whether you realize it or not, you…

2312

Maybe we need to understand out here that…

Amusing Ourselves to Death

Orwell warns that we will be overcome by an…

The Heart

One day, she must find out what direction time…

The Artist’s Reality

Art is not only a form of action, it is a form…

Gratitude

“I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my…

On Tyranny

Post-truth is pre-fascism. Most of the power of…

American War

You fight the war with guns, you fight the peace…

Censorship Now!

The Apple proposition is a sixties futurist-Zen…

The Complacent Class

So if we think about that mix for a moment—a…

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

Thus did a handful of rapacious citizens come to…

The Inevitable

It is inevitable. Let the robots take our jobs,…

Between the World and Me

You cannot forget how much they took from us and…

Common Sense

The cause of America is in a great measure the…

All the Light We Cannot See

Because plants eat light, in much the way we eat…

The Sellout

I felt like Michelangelo staring at the Sistine…

An Unnecessary Woman

Henri Matisse once said, “It has bothered me all…

Civil Disobedience

For it matters not how small the beginning may…

American Gods

But we never built churches. We didn’t need to.…

A Walk in the Woods

The world, you realize, is enormous in a way…

Cumulus

It was simultaneously the hub of techno-utopian…

Pattern Recognition

“What I mean is, no customers, no cool. It’s…

Wilderness Essays

We always find that the strangest objects in…

The Invention of Nature

To put it simply, a machine could be dismantled…

Self Reliance

The older I get, the more I think that a belief…

Flow

While happiness itself is sought for its own…

The Corrections

He ate arugula (“rocket,” the old farmers called…

Purity

The real appeal of apparatchikism was the safety…

Regenesis

The appearance of DNA some 3,900 million years…

Letters from a Stoic

I turned in to the games one mid-day hoping for…

What Technology Wants

The total number of transistors in this global…

Gilead

This is an interesting planet. It deserves all…

Abundance

ISIS! Ebola! Fear sells—it's an evolutionary…

Recommended Reading

The list includes blogs and books and is arranged…

Out of Control

Nature is also a “meme bank,” an idea factory.…

Breakfast at Sothebys

Kandinsky started dreaming dreams. In 1895 he…