Pedro Paramo is the book I’ve most given away. It's a thin, easy to read, very influential novel. It will haunt you. The second book I've most given away is Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain's Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk. Through a series of alternating interviews, PKM traces the history of punk. From … Continue reading [Three by Five] 12. Please Kill Me
Write and write some more. Read the science media. Fill your head with the best writing you can find. Read The New Yorker. Read annual anthologies of the best writing -- not just science writing either. Here's The Best American Essays of 2016. Practice generating ideas on what to write every day. Especially after you read … Continue reading Career Advice to a Molecular Biologist Starting to Write
I recently shared this reading list with thesalesblog author and sales guru Anthony Iannarino. Anthony's extremely well read but admitted he didn't read much fiction. Here's what I wrote him: I grew up on science fiction and have read a lot of it and admit it's inspired my career. But I've also read a lot … Continue reading A Brief, Personal Reading List – Fiction September 2016
It’s 2044, the world’s a dystopian mess and people escape to, learn, live and work in a virtual world called OASIS (the followup to William Gibson’s cyberspace and Neal Stephenson’s metaverse). At the start of the book, videogame designer James Halliday, the ultimate 1980s geek, leaves his vast fortune to the person who can find … Continue reading Book Review: Ready Player One
At the beginning of the week, the Founder swore he’d have me back on payroll by the end of the month. It’d been six weeks since any of us had been paid. “What about the options?” I asked. “I’ll take care of those by the end of the week,” he answered. It was the same … Continue reading Your Founder Is Crazy, Isn’t He? (Part 1)
My father's pool is, was, and always will be –– all skaters agree –– absurd. The pale blue surface is very hard, durable, very fast, and sentient. The coping is a great grindable bullnose. The shape is a perfect kidney, just under nine-feet deep. To ride the pool from one lip to the other across … Continue reading The Pool at 4 A.M.