Here’s what I read this month!
**If a book is asterisked, it was extremely noteworthy to me.**
Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis and Larry Slowman
The Fix by David Baldacci
Authority (Southern Reach 2) by Jeff VanderMeer
Acceptance (Southern Reach 3) by Jeff VanderMeer
Models by Mark Manson
Fame: The Hijacking of Reality by Justine Bateman
*The Glass Cage: Automation and Us by Nicholas Carr
*The Book of Beautiful Questions by Warren Berger
About 172 pages worth of assorted academic papers dealing with tourism
So how many pages this month? 4,005
How many so far this year? 10,001
But Aaron, what book was your favorite?
The Glass Cage by Nicholas Carr was interesting. It discussed, in detail, the ideas and history of automation and how it affects labor economies. While this might sound kind of bland, trust me, it was an interesting read. There are many different levels to the idea of “robots are taking our jobs”, and Carr does a good job of really going into areas that one might not consider when thinking about job markets and production. The biggest question that I took away from the book though was “what would you do if you didn’t have to work?”, and I don’t think I have an answer to that.
The Book of Beautiful Questions by Warren Berger was extremely captivating. The basis of this book focuses on the idea of converting everything into questions, more or less. The questions presented in the book dig a bit deeper than the typical inquiring thought processes that many ‘high-thinkers’ claim to exude. This book talks about asking questions that relate to yourself. I found this interesting and appealing because once you start asking yourself how you can affect a situation, change specific things, or even plan better, you actually gain a crazy amount of personal control. This control might not be detrimental to the specific situation, and you might truly have no control over the situation, but you still have control over yourself. For a quick example, instead of asking “why does this always happen to me?”, the book states that you should ask “what can I do to prevent this from happening to me?” or “how should I respond to this?”. It was pretty interesting, and covered questions and scenarios from various fields.
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