The three that have influenced me the most:


The Cuckoo’s Egg, A Promised Land, The Entrepreneurial State, Making Climate Policy Work, Milkman, Terrorism: How to Respond, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, The Price of Admission, How Universities Work, Bad Blood, Unsafe at Any Speed, The Bluest Eye, The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Iliad, Republic, Foe, Gödel’s Proof, Where Wizards Stay Up Late, Crystal Fire, River Town, The Teacher Wars, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, The Three Body Problem, The Secret History, Dreams from my Father, The Gatekeepers, Bike Battles, The God of Small Things, Speaker for the Dead, Odyssey,


Van Gogh, An Enemy of the People, A Doll’s House

Academic Articles

“Knowledge and Common Knowledge in a Distributed Environment”, “Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox”, “The Moral Character of Cryptographic Work”, “Authoritative Sources in a Hyperlinked Environment”,

Essays, Anthologies, News Articles

“Coding Machines”, “When the Culture War Comes for the Kids”, “How Democrats Killed Their Populist Soul”, When Einstein Walked with Gödel, “My President Was Black”, The Best American Political Writing 2002,

TV & Movies

Battlestar Galactica, The Americans, The Wire, Bosch


Optimism is a habit.

Do not ascribe to malice that which can be explained by folly.