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Pulphead: Notes from the Other Side ...
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John Jeremiah Sullivan
 
I was totally blown away by this collection of the new new new journalism, or however many "news" we’re up to these days. I think I like it as much – at times, even more – than Foster Wallace’s A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never do Again. And that, for me, is saying a lot.

Zadie Smith - 10/08/2012
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Where Good Ideas Come from: The Seven...
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Steven Johnson
 
A fresh perspective on the importance of timing, collaboration, and the right setting for ideas - challenging the time honored 'Eureka!' moment of the lone inventor.

Biz Stone - 16/06/2014
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The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren
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Iona Opie; Peter Opie; Marina Warner
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Future Perfect: The Case for Progress...
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Steven Johnson
 
Besides mapping the ways our connected society will be both different and better, 'Future Perfect' makes a timely and aspirational case that progress is still possible.

Biz Stone - 16/06/2014
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The Tipping Point: How Little Things...
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Malcolm Gladwell
 
Malcolm Gladwell's book illuminated in a very succinct way, the similarities between physical society and the large scale virtual societies that I build.

Biz Stone - 16/06/2014
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The Bible: Authorized King James Version
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Robert Carroll; Stephen Prickett
 
I figure that I (faithless grandchild of a Methodist preacher) should be familiar with the foundation myths which inform our society so fundamentally. The language is epic, magnificent.

Moira Young - 09/08/2012
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Revolution in the Head: The
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Ian MacDonald
Still the best book about the Beatles' music. Deserves to be read annually by anyone who cares about pop.

Dylan Jones - 24/07/2012
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Beauty: A Very Short Introduction
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Roger Scruton
Roger Scruton is a philosopher who writes on a wide range of subjects within aesthetics. His observations on art and music are profound and stated with great clarity.

Alexander McCall Smith - 28/07/2011
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Seven Days in the Art World
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Sarah Thornton
 
Thornton takes us into seven scenes, the studio, the auction, the magazine, the art school etc and archly dissects the action from her ethnographers point of view. A really good primer if you are about to enter the business in whatever role.

Grayson Perry - 12/06/2014
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The Complete Essays
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Michel Eyquem de Montaigne; M. A....
 
You can just dip in at any point and find some thing essential. Heavy to carry around, though. One for the e-reader?

Zadie Smith - 10/08/2012
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The Songlines
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Bruce Chatwin
The book that launched a million backpackers - but don’t let it stop you.

Maya Jasanoff - 29/05/2012
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The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning...
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Bruno Bettelheim
 
If you have young children and think that fairy tales have nothing to teach them in today’s world, read this. Read it even if you don’t have kids. It’s about the vital importance of stories in all of our lives.

Moira Young - 09/08/2012
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The Complete Psychological Works of...
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Sigmund Freud
Freud can be read as literature. The case of Little Hans is memorable and reminds us of the theatrical nature of the Freudian enterprise. Freud wrote up relatively few cases, but they provide a remarkable insight into the world of one of the towering figures of modern times.

Alexander McCall Smith - 28/07/2011
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The Greeks: A Portrait of Self and...
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Paul Cartledge
 
An excellent introduction to Greek culture, which isn't blind to the slaves, women and "barbarians".

Mary Beard - 14/10/2015
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Flights of Fancy: Birds in Myth,...
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Peter Tate
A quietly thoughtful selection from the huge corpus of folklore about birds, focussing on the thirty of so species that seem most often to attract such traditions and so become carriers of symbolic meaning more generally for us.

Jeremy Mynott - 13/03/2012
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Emergence: The Connected Lives of...
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Steven Johnson
 
Certain aspects of nature are alarmingly similar to patterns of behavior on the type of large scale systems I design and build - 'Emergence' helped me understand many similarities between the natural world and the online world.

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