A whimsical inversion of a medieval princess story.
A breathtaking critique on the art, culture and cult of photography.
It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens
A real, eye-opening look at how teens use the internet in the US, based on years of ethnographic research.
Between the World and Me
A poetic cry about the injustice of being black in America today.
Citizen: An American Lyric
Heart-wrenching stories, poems and fragments of a black woman in the US.
Kylooe - Downhearted Dragonfly
A Studio Ghibli-esque comic set in 90s Hong Kong.
Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir
by Roz Chast
A humorous and heartbreaking journey about family, care and aging.
Zingerman's Guide to Good Eating
A comprehensive introduction and textbook about buying/eating/cooking fine foods.
Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life
by Michael Lewis
A essay-length booklet and ode to an old coach.
New Construction: Two More Stories
by Sam Alden
Superb visual storytelling.
Liberating Intimacy: Enlightenment and Social Virtuosity in Ch'an Buddhism
Peter D. Hershock
A dense introduction to anti-individualistic (aka social), Buddhist philosophy.
Wet Engine: Exploring the Mad Wild Miracle of the Heart
A beautiful book of essays.
The Opium War
Debunking myths around the Opium War and shining a light on the incompetence (on both sides) that allowed it to occur.
The Love Bunglers
Incredible story of growth, family and love that spans multiple generations.
Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx
by Adrian Nicole LeBlan
Stunning inside look from the other side of the world, based on ten years of solid ethnography.
Daring Greatly How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead
Important: about how to live (and thrive) with vulnerability.
Articles & videos
Signal, Space, Structure: Designing for Communities of Interest
A framework for building communities.
Why I Quit Ordering From Uber-for-Food Start-Ups
A beautiful portrait of an alternate world.
You Hate Yourself Because We Told You To
On (not) playing the rigged game of fame, success and internet glory.
Material Honesty on the Web
by Kevin Goldman
How coding a design is akin to sculpting an object by hand to learn its affordances.
A hilarious takedown of the cult of internet gurus and How Nobody Knows What They're Doing.
The Opposite of Rape Culture is Nurturance Culture by Nora Samaran
An eye-opening read on relationships.
The Website Obesity Crisis
A joyous talk on how websites have become needlessly bloated.
Designing for Perspectives
Incredible takedown of perspective bias in design, big data and a cautionary tale about virtual reality.
How to Borrow Male Privilege in Hollywood
Sarah Gertrude Shapiro
Hilarious and chilling true tales from Hollywood.
On The Spectrum by Adrianna Tan
An eloquent confession about being on the autism spectrum.
"Success", money and vulnerability. <3 <3 <3
Don’t do what you love
Finally! A realistic counter-narrative to the prevalent and ultra-privileged "follow your dream/passion/calling" meme – it's okay to do something else for a living that enjoy as well.
Do the Dumb Things I Gotta Do
William Van Hecke
Quests as a more encompassing framework for deciding on what to do instead of projects/goals.
What Should I Be Doing Right Now?
Loved the way she laid out her work priorities one by one, acknowledged the sheer volume of them, but still ended on "being able to work hard and go home."
What can a technologist do about climate change?
A spirited example of how a giant global problem can be broken down into meaningful pieces that we can all contribute to.
We Don’t Sell Saddles Here
An all-around well-written letter cum mission statement + love the way he talks about selling company transformation not group chat.