Books I like

Book cover for “How to Fly a Horse” by Kevin Ashton.

How to Fly a Horse

The Secret History of Creation, Invention and Discovery

Kevin Ashton, Anchor Books (2015)
ISBN: 978-0-8041-7006-2

“As a technology pioneer at MIT and as the leader of three successful start-ups, Kevin Ashton experienced firsthand the all-consuming challenge of creating something new. Now, in a tour-de-force narrative twenty years in the making, Ashton leads us on a journey through humanity’s greatest creations to uncover the surprising truth behind who creates and how they do it.”

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Book cover for “Syllabus” by Lynda Barry.


Notes From an Accidental Professor

Lynda Barry, Drawn & Quarterly (2014)
ISBN: 9781770461611

Syllabus takes the course plan for Barry's workshop and runs wild with it in her densely detailed signature style. Collaged texts, ballpoint-pen doodles, and watercolor washes adorn Syllabus 's yellow lined pages, which offer advice on finding a creative voice and using memories to inspire the writing process. Throughout it all, Barry's voice (as an author and as a teacher-mentor) rings clear, inspiring, and honest.”

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Book cover for “Deep Work” by Cal Newport.

Deep Work

Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Cal Newport, Grand Central Publishing (2016)
ISBN: 978-1-4555-6386-9

From the blurb: “In Deep Work, author and professor Cal Newport flips the narrative on impact in a connected age. Instead of arguing distraction is bad, he instead celebrates the power of its opposite.”

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Book cover for “Making Comics” by Lynda Barry.

Making Comics

Lynda Barry, Drawn & Quarterly (2019)
ISBN: 9781770463691

“Hello students, meet Professor Skeletor. Be on time, don’t miss class, and turn off your phones. No time for introductions, we start drawing right away. The goal is more rock, less talk, and we communicate only through images.”

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