Norman Doidge. The Brain That Changes Itself.
A Crack in the Edge of the World, by Simon Winchester. Ostensibly about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, but marvelously about geology in general. Now I think I almost grasp plate tectonics, thanks to Winchester.
The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914, by Barbara Tuchman. (I know it was an instant classic upon publication in 1966, but I’m slow sometimes.)
Thunderstruck, by Erik Larson. Gripping parallel stories of Marconi and Dr. Crippen.
Isaac’s Storm, by Erik Larson. Tremendous reading–as usual–by Edward Herrmann. About the 1900 Galveston hurricane.
Musicophilia (I have earworms, so this book is very reassuring. See also www.earwormery.com).
Steven Johnson: Fast becoming a hero of mine!
Where Good Ideas Come From.
Everything Bad Is Good for You.
Mind Wide Open.
The Ghost Map.
1. The Gift. Hafiz/Daniel Ladinsky.
2. The Tempest. Shakespeare.
3. Collected Poems of Theodore Roethke.
4. The Phoenix (Old English poem).
5. The River Why. David James Duncan.
6. Four Quartets. T.S. Eliot.
7. The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Joseph Campbell.
8. Envisioning Information. Edward Tufte.
9. Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats.
10. Lunch Poems. Frank O’Hara
All the Devils Are Here by Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera
Too Big to Fail by Andrew Ross Sorkin
House of Cards by William D. Cohan
13 Bankers by Simon Johnson et al.
The Quants by Scott Patterson
Griftopia by Matt Taibbi
Here are my favorite brain-feeders and books about the brain, in no particular order.
The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
All Edward Tufte books
Incognito by David Eagleman
The Black Swan by Nicholas Nassim Taleb
Antifragility by Nicholas Nassim Taleb
Fooled by Randomness by Nicholas Nassim Taleb
I Am a Strange Loop by Douglas Hofstadter
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn
Everything Bad Is Good for You by Steven Johnson
Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson
Be wild of tongue in a way we can understand!
And Cal Newport says that’s what makes it satisfying: Read “The Satisfying Strain of Learning Hard Material: A Deliberate-Practice Case Study.”