Just some books on a bookshelf.

What I'm reading.

Just a few pieces of writing that I enjoy, that I hope you might enjoy as well.

This is a space for all of my favorite books, essays, stories, articles. I'm constantly updating the lists to reflect new finds (though I'll wait to update so that there aren't weird empty spaces in the grid).

Mostly Novels

Outlandish hypotheticals that, upon closer inspection, more closely resemble loose transcriptions of reality than cautionary tales of fiction.

"The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame."
Picture of Dorian Gray

Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde
"The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting."
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

Milan Kundera
"Live by the harmless untruths that make you brave and kind and healthy and happy."
Cat's Cradle

Cat's Cradle

Kurt Vonnegut
"Be patient. Your future will come to you and lie down at your feet like a dog who knows and loves you no matter what you are."
Stories of Your Life

Stories of Your Life

Ted Chiang
"His father was healthy but old, and lacking in self confidence."
The Metamorphosis

The Metamorphosis

Franz Kafka
"But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin."
Brave New World

Brave New World

Aldous Huxley
Good, they’ll forgive you, they won’t desert you, and the question is, which one is really ‘you,’ the one saying and doing whatever it is, or the one watching?
A Visit from the Goon Squad

A Visit from the Goon Squad

Jennifer Egan
"Shall I project a world?"
The Crying of Lot 49

The Crying of Lot 49

Thomas Pynchon

Memoirs & Musings

An eclectic hodgepodge of memoirs, musings, and essay collections.

Consider the Lobster and Other Essays

Consider the Lobster and Other Essays

David Foster Wallace
How Will You Measure Your Life?

How Will You Measure Your Life?

Clayton Christensen
Surely, You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

Surely, You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

Richard Feynman
Creativity, Inc.

Creativity, Inc.

Ed Catmull
When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air

Paul Kalanithi
On Truth

On Truth

George Orwell
Notes of a Natie Son

Notes of a Natie Son

James Baldwin
The Writing Life

The Writing Life

Annie Dillard

Learning the Craft

Books that have taught me how to become better at the things that I love.

How Fiction Works

How Fiction Works

James Wood
On Writing

On Writing

Stephen King
The Design of Everyday Things

The Design of Everyday Things

Donald Norman
The Pragmatic Programmer

The Pragmatic Programmer

A. Hunt & D. Thomas

Kafka

"Alas," said the mouse, "the world gets smaller every day. At first it was so wide that I ran along and was happy to see walls appearing to my right and left, but these high walls converged so quickly that I’m already in the last room, and there in the corner is the trap into which I must run."

"But you’ve only got to run the other way," said the cat, and ate it.

Essays & Articles

Short Stories

  • Leopard by Wells Tower
  • Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Wishing Box by Sylvia Plath
  • Sea Oak by George Saunders
  • The Machine Stops by E. M. Forster
  • Liking What You See: A Documentary by Ted Chiang
  • There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury
  • The Evolution of My Brother by Jenny Zhang
  • Sonny's Blues by James Baldwin
  • A Small, Good Thing by Raymond Carver
  • Who's Irish? by Gish Jen
  • The Bear Came Over the Mountain by Alice Munro