Essays to read - ILtB Commentators
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Essays to read - ILtB Commentators

Essays recommended in the comments of Patrick's tweet here. https://twitter.com/patrick_oshag/status/1278307221944840193 Feel free to duplicate this to your own notion however this will not update your list of essays as I add more. To have it update alongside mine just paste the link to this notion inside of your own page! If you see any mistakes, have any questions, or more recommendations for essays dm on twitter @willhaynes97 These will all have notes eventually... https://www.notion.so/b64d5144c7cc4c7a991119eff4588428?v=4c2dba4120a644768db4a0d42839f491
ReadEssayAuthorUrlThemes
Creating the Kingdom of Ends
Christine M. Korsgaard
Moral PhilosophyPhilosophyEthics
On the Suffering of the World
Arthur Schopenhauer
PhilosophyGood and EvilSuffering
Nietzsche’s Eternal Return
Alex Ross
PhilosophyPolitics
The Absurd
Thomas Nagel
PhilosophyAnti-absurdityMeaning
Existentialism Is a Humanism
Jean-Paul Sartre
PhilosophyExistentialismAbandonment
The Revival of Philosophy – Why?
G.K. Chesterton
PhilosophyEducation
One Man’s Modus Ponens
Gwern Branwen
PhilosophyBayesian Updating
The Narrowing Circle
Gwern Branwen
PhilosophyCharityEthics
Consider the Lobster Article
David Foster Wallace
EthicsCulinary
Walking
Henry David Thoreau
TranscendentalismSelf-ReflectionExploration
Self-Reliance
Ralph Waldo Emerson
TranscendentalismSpiritualitySolitude
Hindu View of Life
S. Radhakrishnan
SpiritualityHinduismPractical Philosophy
Letter from a Region in My Mind
James Baldwin
Spirituality
Letter from a Birmingham Jail
Martin Luther King Jr.
SpiritualityRaceFreedom
Solitude and Leadership
William Deresiewicz
SolitudeLeadershipSelf-Reflection
Katha Upanishad
Multiple Translations
Self-KnowledgeSpiritualityHinduism
Personal Renewal
John Gardner
Self-KnowledgeSelf-ReflectionEducation
Twitching With Twight
Mark Twight
Self-KnowledgeMotivationSuccess
No Silver Bullet
Fred Brooks
Software EngineeringComplexity
Literary Machines
Ted Nelson
Software EngineeringHyperlinksWeb
Big Ball of Mud
Brian Foote and Joseph Yoder
Design Anti-PatternSystemsSoftware Engineering
Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System
Donella Meadows
SystemsParadigmsComplexity
How Complex Systems Fail
Richard Cook
SystemsComplexity
Destruction and Creation
John Boyd
SystemsComplexityWarPhysics
This is Water
David Foster Wallace
EducationFreedomPerceptionEmpathy
A Lesson on Elementary, Worldly Wisdom
Charlie Munger
EducationGeneralistInvestingFinance
What Is College For?
William Deresiewicz
Education
School vs. Education
Russell Baker
EducationKnowledge
Of the Education of Children
Michel de Montaigne
EducationKnowledge
What You'll Wish You'd Known
Paul Graham
EducationKnowledgeResponsibility
Bus Ticket Theory of Genius
Paul Graham
ObsessionEducationSuccess
How to Do What You Love
Paul Graham
ObsessionSuccessFreedom
How to be Successful
Sam Altman
SuccessConfidenceDetermination
Air and Light and Time and Space
Charles Bukowski
SuccessDetermination
Growth Without Goals
Patrick O’Shaughnessy
SuccessSystems
The Paradox of Skill: Why Greater Skill Leads to More Luck
Michael J. Mauboussin
SuccessLuckSports
Money is the Megaphone of Identity
Lawrence Yeo
WealthFreedomFear
Richest Man in Babylon
George S. Clason
WealthEducationFreedom
Turning $2 Million Into $2 Trillion
Charlie Munger
WealthPsychologyFinance
1000 True Fans
Kevin Kelly
WealthSuccess
How to Make Wealth
Paul Graham
WealthSoftware EngineeringTechnology
Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose
Ben Hunt
FreedomSocietyHonesty
The View from Mrs. Thompson's
David Foster Wallace
FearHistorySociety9/11
Three Big Things
Morgan Housel
HistoryEconomyInequality
Losing the War
Less Sandlin
HistoryWW2LanguageWar
The Uses of Great Men
Ralph Waldo Emerson
HistorySuccess
I, Pencil
Leonard Read
EconomySociety
Parable of The Broken Window
Frédéric Bastiat
EconomyUnintended Consequences
The Thought of Limits in a Prodigal Age
Wendell Berry
EconomyNatureSociety
The Use of Knowledge in Society
F. A. Hayek
EconomyDecentralized
The Multidisciplinary Approach to Thinking
Peter Kaufman
LeadershipConfidenceWealth
Investing in the Unknown and Unknowable
Richard Zeckhauser
InvestingUncertaintyDecision MakingFinance
A Game of Sentiment
Ben Hunt
InvestingDecision MakingBayesian UpdatingFinance
Tying too Hard
Dean Williams
InvestingDecision Making
The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville
Warren Buffett
InvestingBusinessFinance
The Psychology of Human Misjudgment
Charlie Munger
PsychologyDecision MakingBehavioral Finance
The Weirdest People in the World?
Joseph Henrich, Steven J. Heine, and Ara Norenzayan
PsychologyBehaviorSocietyWesternizationEducation
General Theory of Reflexivity
George Soros
Practical PhilosophyEconomyKarl Popper
Speculation as a Fine Art
Dickson G. Watts
DeterminationDecision MakingInvestingFinance
God in the Dock
C. S. Lewis
TheologyEthicsScience and Religion
The Religious Life of Theological Students
Benjamin B. Warfield
TheologyKnowledgeSpirituality
The Wreck of Time
Annie Dillard
DeathSufferingTheology
Wait But Why
Tim Urban
DeathRelationships
You May Want to Marry my Husband
Amy Krouse Rosenthal
DeathRelationships
Once More to the Lake
E. B. White
DeathAdolescenceTechnology
In Defense of Sanity (Collection)
G.K. Chesterton
Everything
Of Parties in General
David Hume
PoliticsPhilosophy
Politics and the English Language
George Orwell
PoliticsProseLatinization
Anthem
Ayn Rand
PoliticsIndividualismDystopian
I Can Tolerate Anything Except the Outgroup
Scott Alexander
PoliticsSpiritualityRace
The Coronation
Charles Eisenstein
SocietyPandemicCompassion
Meditations On Moloch
Scott Alexander
SocietyPoliticsScienceEducation
On Liberty
John Stuart Mill
IndividualismEconomyPolitics
Make Your Bed
William H. McRaven
MotivationSuccess
The Referendum
Tim Kreider
InsecurityRegretMidlife
Don't Eat Before Reading This
Anthony Bourdain
Culinary
How Tracy Austin Broke My Heart
David Foster Wallace
SportsSuccess
I Made a Deal in a Bike Race—And It Haunted Me for 15 Years
Ian Dille
SportsRegret
Triple Crown Teachings: Three Takeaways from the Quest for the Elusive Feat
Michael J. Mauboussin
SportsBehavioral FinanceDecision Making
Shitty First Drafts
Anne Lamott
WritingSystems
Persecution and the Art of Writing
Leo Strauss
WritingPhilosophyPersecution
On Keeping a Notebook
Joan Didion
WritingDesireEgoSelf-Knowledge
Make Good Art
Neil Gaiman
WritingObstaclesOriginalityMistakes
Sanderson's 3 Laws of Magic
Brandon Sanderson
WritingFantasyLiterature
Window of the World
Cal Fussman
9/11DeathWine
A Mathematician's Apology
G.H. Hardy
MathematicsAestheticsYouth
How to Solve It
G. Polya
MathematicsProblem Solving
The Ergodicity Problem in Economics
Ole Peters
MathematicsPhysicsEconomyStatisticsFinance
A Mathematical Theory of Communication
Claude Shannon
MathematicsInformation TheoryScience
In Praise of Shadows
Jun'ichirĹŤ Tanizaki
AestheticsSabiArchitecture
You and Your Research
Richard Hamming
KnowledgeScience
How to Defend Society Against Science
Paul Feyerabend
ScienceIdeology
Cargo Cult Science
Richard Feynman
ScienceTruthSelf-KnowledgeFreedom
Is the Moon There When Nobody Looks?
N. David Mermin
SciencePhysics
More Is Different
P. W. Anderson
SciencePhilosophySystems
The Importance of Stupidity in Scientific Research
Martin A. Schwartz
ScienceKnowledgeSelf-Reflection
The Meaning of It All
Richard Feynman
ScienceSocietyScience and Religion
Drugging of the American Boy
Ryan D'Agostino
ADHDMedicineSociety
The Unabomber Manifesto
Theodore Kaczynski
TechnologySocietyFear
Against Edenism
Peter Thiel
TechnologyOptimism
Could a Neuroscientist Understand a Microprocessor?
Eric Jonas and Konrad Paul Kording
TechnologyNeuroscienceAnalytic Approaches
Can a Biologist Fix a Radio?
Yuri Lazebnik
TechnologyBiologyAnalytic Approaches
Is Google Making Us Stupid
Nicholas Carr
TechnologyKnowledgeWeb
Stevey's Google Platforms Rant
Steve Yegge
TechnologyPlatforms
The Cathedral and the Bazaar
Eric Steven Raymond
TechnologySoftware EngineeringOpen Source
Man-Computer Symbiosis
J.C.R. Licklider
TechnologySoftware EngineeringSocietyProblem Solving
The Ballot or the Bullet
Malcolm X
RaceFreedom
Stranger In The Village
James Baldwin
RaceSocietyIdentity
Keep Your Identity Small
Paul Graham
IdentityPolitics
Anxiety of Influence
Harold Bloom
PoetryOriginality
Tradition and the Individual Talent
T. S. Elliot
PoetryClassic LiteratureOriginality
If—
Rudyard Kipling
PoetrySuccess
Ideas That Changed My Life
Morgan Housel
OriginalityGeneralistSelf-KnowledgeSuccess
Shakespearean Tragedy
A. C. Bradley
LiteratureExplanation
The Hedgehog and the Fox: An Essay on Tolstoy’s View of History
Isaiah Berlin
LiteratureHistoryTruthBelief
Why Bother? / Perchance to Dream
Jonathan Frazen
LiteratureWritingReadingTechnology
A Room of One's Own
Virginia Woolf
FeminismWealth
The Tyranny of Structurelessness
Jo Freeman
FeminismLeadership
On the Shortness of Life
Seneca
PresenceDeathMoral Philosophy
Truth is a Pathless Land
Jiddu Krishnamurti
BeliefSpiritualityFreedom
Stalking the Billion-Footed Beast
Tom Wolfe
Literary RealismLiterature
Newcomb’s Problem and Two Principles of Choice
Robert Nozick
ParadoxFree WillDecision Making
Do Things that Don't Scale
Paul Graham
BusinessEfficiencyCustomer Acquisition
Increasing Returns and the New World of Business
Brian Arthur
BusinessEconomyTechnology
All Revenue is Not Created Equal: The Keys to the 10X Revenue Club
Bill Gurley
BusinessTechnologyFinance
Value of Voluntary Simplicity
Richard Gregg
SimplicityPurposeRelationshipsTechnology
Finding the 9th Path
Hunter S. Thompson
PurposeSuccessSociety
Operating Manual For Spaceship Earth
Richard Buckminster Fuller
AutomationIndividualismSpaceSustainability
In the Penal Colony
Franz Kafka
Due ProcessSocietyExecution
Society Against the State
Pierre Clastres
AnthropologyPhilosophyWesternization
Junkspace
Rem Koolhaas
ArchitectureModernismUrbanism
The Age of the Essay
Paul Graham
WebWriting
Is Justified True Belief Knowledge?
Edmund Gettier
EpistemologyPhilosophy
Honesty and The Human Body
Kevin Simler
HonestyEconomyBiologyConsciousnessSpirituality
A New Theory of the Universe
Robert Lanza
PhysicsConsciousness
A Piece of Chalk
G.K. Chesterton
DesirePurpose
Of Cannibals
Michel de Montaigne
Cultural Relativism
On Bullshit
Harry Frankfurt
LanguagePersuasion
The Lives of a Cell (Collection)
Lewis Thomas
BiologyHumanityLanguagePoetry
Book of Lamentations
Sam Kriss
DystopianSatirePsychology
A Modest Proposal
Jonathan Swift
SatirePoliticsHistory
The Prophet (Collection)
Kahlil Gibran
LoveRelationshipsGivingChildren
Upon Some Verses of Virgil
Michel de Montaigne
LoveRelationshipsSex
In Praise of Idleness
Bertrand Russell
WorkaholismHappinessFreedomEconomy
Notes On Camp
Susan Sontag
SexLGBTQ
Why Correlation Usually ≠ Causation
Gwern Branwen
StatisticsPhilosophyBayesian UpdatingCausality
The Parable Of The Talents
Scott Alexander
DepressionKnowledgeSuccess
Burdens
Scott Alexander
DepressionTherapy
Studying Studies: Parts 1-5
Peter Attia
EpidemiologyScienceStatisticsNutrition
What Matters More Than Your Talents
Jeff Bezos
KindnessSuccessDecision Making
The Fringe Benefits of Failure
J.K. Rowling
ObstaclesSelf-ReflectionGood and Evil
Creative Thinking
Claude Shannon
InversionGeneralistProblem SolvingSimplicity
Such, Such Were The Joys
George Orwell
AdolescenceClass ConflictPsychology
13 Life-Learnings from 13 Years of Brain Pickings
Maria Popova
GenerousityPresenceDeterminationForgivenessSelf-Knowledge
The Financial Instability Hypothesis
Hyman P. Minsky
FinanceEconomyInvesting
Buffett's Alpha
Andrea Frazzini, David Kabiller, and Lasse Heje Pedersen
FinanceQuantInvestingDecision Making
Father Forgets
W. Livingston Larned
ParentingRelationships
Tails, You Win
Morgan Housel
FailureSuccessBusiness
A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
FantasySpirituality
On Self Respect
Joan Didon