Books Read December 2022

The Jesuits: A History by Markus Friedrich

The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman

The Network State by Balaji Srinivasan

Leafing through various Raymond Smullyan riddle and puzzle books.

  1. Edmund Burke on Learning and Culture. Very beautifully written and eloquent.
  2. Why biology and medicine are hard to innovate in.
  3. How Utopian Should We Be? and Defining the Feasible Set by Tyler Cowen
  4. Growth in India is more important than a lot of other things.
  5. Perhaps It Is A Bad Thing That The World’s Leading AI Companies Cannot Control Their AIs
  6. The rise and fall of peer review – by Adam Mastroianni
  7. The Media Very Rarely Lies – by Scott Alexander
  8. The year in AI is astounding.

Books Read November 2022

Hebrew: The Eternal Language by William Chomsky – some unbecoming hyperbole throughout, but the story of the preservation and reestablishment of Hebrew as a national language is fascinating.

Wealth of Nations Book 5 by Adam Smith – I read part of this as a rejoinder to John Locke’s overstated anti-papist sentiments.

Metaphysics by Aristotle – Just dipped in. But I discovered that Aristotle has something to offer again! The man was so ahead of his time.

The Master and Margarita by Mikhael Bugakov – widely considered to be one of the top two Russian novels. Premise: The Devil pays Moscow a visit in 1930 to see how the people are getting on. It is terrifying, hilarious, bitter, and lovely.


Some more stories of the great tutoring tradition.

Nonexistence as a fuzzy philosophical concept.