Leonard

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{4.5/5} “We shared an extraordinary experience that very few people have ever known. We were carried and buffeted by the same winds, and there truly was no one else who could understand what that meant. But beyond all that, beyond the success and the recognition and the applause, I really liked being with the guy.” […]

Mind Over Medicine

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{5/5} “If you’re lonely, you’re stuck in a toxic relationship, you’re full of resentment for people who have hurt you, you’re cheating on your partner, you’re selling your soul at work, or you feel spiritually bankrupt, no amount of veggies, gym visits, 12-step programs, or vitamins is going to cut it. Radical self-care also involves […]

Nonfiction books

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

I would like to read more nonfiction books. Sometimes when I start one I don’t finish it, though. Here are the ones I’ve finished, mostly in the last 15 years or so (I’ll update the list when I have a chance). Best of the best How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big […]

Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big

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{5/5} “A goal is a specific objective that you either achieve or don’t sometime in the future. A system is something you do on a regular basis that increases your odds of happiness in the long run.” How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life by […]

Some Remarks

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{4.5/5} “You can write a minimalist short story that’s set in a trailer park or a Connecticut suburb that might be considered a literary masterpiece or well-regarded by literary types, but science fiction people wouldn’t find it very interesting unless it had somewhere in it a cool idea that would make them say, ‘That’s interesting. […]

David and Goliath

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{5/5} “Giants are not what we think they are. The same qualities that appear to give them strength are often the sources of great weakness.” David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell, published in 2013 The story of David and Goliath is always told in a way that […]

Why We Make Mistakes

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{4.5/5} “Many of the qualities that allow us to do so many things so well contain flip sides that predispose us to error. We happen to be very good, for instance, at quickly sizing up a situation. Within a tenth of a second or so after looking at a scene, we are usually able to […]

In the Beginning… was the Command Line

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{4.5/5} “Even the least technically minded people in our society now have at least a hazy idea of what operating systems do; what is more, they have strong opinions about their relative merits. It is commonly understood, even by technically unsophisticated computer users, that if you have a piece of software that works on your […]

Gold

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{4.5/5} “It seems to me, then, that the best one can do is to present one’s story as a struggle between sides which are both mixtures of good and evil (thus placing it somewhere between the extremes of utopia and dystopia), and don’t make the odds overwhelming in either direction. One can then proceed to […]

What the Dog Saw

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{5/5} “If we let personality… bias the hiring process today, then all we will have done is replace the old-boy network, where you hired your nephew, with the new-boy network, where you hire whoever impressed you the most when you shook his hand. Social progress, unless we’re careful, can merely be the means by which […]