Reading List

I write because I read. This is a list of 30 books that have shaped my thinking.

Naturally, I don’t agree with everything written in these books. In some cases, I would even challenge the core message. But they all at least provide an interesting frame. I hope it helps.


Meaningness by David Chapman

The Gay Science by Friedrich Nietzsche

Pragmatism by William James

I and Thou by Martin Buber

The Human Condition by Hannah Arendt

In Search of a Better World by Karl Popper


Behave by Robert Sapolsky

The Evolving Self by Robert Kegan

How Emotions Are Made by Lisa Feldman Barrett

Creativity by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Antifragile by Nassim Taleb

Order Out of Chaos by Illya Prigogine & Isabelle Stengers


The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

The Odyssey by Homer

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Hunger by Knut Hamsun

Culture & Technology

The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker

The History of Sexuality by Michel Foucault

The Gutenberg Galaxy by Marshall McLuhan

Breaking Smart by Venkatesh Rao

Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital by Carlota Perez

Notes of the Synthesis of Form by Christopher Alexander



The Bhagavad Gita

As One Is by Jiddu Krishnamurti

Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

The Buddha’s Path to Deliverance by Nyanatiloka Thera

Biographies & Memoirs

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen

Memories, Dreams, Reflections by Carl Jung

The Snowball by Alice Schroeder


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