Recommended Reading Update


A very quick post here (there’s a full one out tomorrow morning at 11am too).

I’ve updated the Recommended Reading page in the top bar with the following:

  • I’ve added The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle to the “Read” list because it’s now finished. It’s cheap and short, even though I thought the pacing slowed in the middle.
  • I’ve also added Pimp: The Story of My Life by Iceberg Slim to the “Read” list. I’m only half way through but am really enjoying it and I know I’ll reach the end. I think I might even go through all his books.
    • I love Slim’s style. Grammatically, his use of short sentences, and stylistically, through his vocabulary, he makes you read fast. You start off a bit confused as to what he’s talking about (scratch, fin, slat, etc.) so you have to be easygoing. Then it grows on you and you’re following it easily. It also clearly follows the hero’s monomyth. Near perfectly.
  • Note: I’ve left Pre-Suasion in the “To Read” section even though it is also partially read. It’s just that at the moment I don’t see myself actually finishing it. Whereas Influence had a clear structure, going through the principles of persuasion, Pre-Suasion doesn’t tell you where it’s going, tends to use weak examples, and tends to explain things which we already (consciously) know.
  • I’ve added The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman to the “To Read” list as I alluded to in the last post.
  • I’ve removed The Rational Male series by Rollo Tomassi. I can’t see myself reading it in the foreseeable future because a) the effect on my vibe, b) I don’t like his writing style on his blog, and c) I might already be aware of a lot of the stuff in the books (which would risk (a) happening).

Again, if you have suggestions, I want to know them.

Yours unfaithfully,

Thomas Crown


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