Whenever I read a really good book I’m struck by how smart that person sounds. Malcolm Gladwell and Michael Lewis are at the top of this list of nonfiction, Neil Gaiman is wonderful too, and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is filled with little nuggets of literary pleasure. It’s just a wonder that a human being with 99.999% of the same genes I have, is able to do that.
Another writer I enjoy is James Altucher and his strongest effect on me was to come up with an idea list. He’s had two good podcasts about it and I’ve been an almost daily devotee of making lists. One of those lists had the seeds for a new project I started, People Smarter Than Me where I share the smart things I get exposed to. Here are a few posts I’ve done so far:
- Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love on finding out where her home was, where she was comfortable, and what work she should be doing.
- The way we frame the world really matters a lot. This has been reinforced by The Obstacle is the Way, Ryan Holiday’s new book.
- Will a computer hire you? A post that got linked to from Marginal Revolution, Tyler Cowen may as well have bought me lunch I was so happy. It felt really cool to show up on his radar.