Reading List

Below you'll find a list of books and essays we want to explore. Anyone can add to the list. When you add something, post a comment below to let everyone know what you added and why. Note: This is a work in progress, needs organization. 

Reading in December, 2019

Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology, Neil Postman

Books

  • The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America, Daniel Boorstin
  • The Earth Has a Soul: On Nature, Technology & Modern Life, C.G. Jung
  • What Are People For?, Wendell Berry
  • The Human Condition, Hannah Arendt
  • The Life of the Mind: The Groundbreaking Investigation on How We Think, Hannah Arendt
  • Understanding Media, Marshall McLuhan
  • On Photography, Susan Sontag
  • The Hidden Dimension, Edward T. Hall
  • The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World, Andrea Wulf
  • Language in Thought and Action, S.I. Hayakawa
  • The Sociological Imagination, C. Wright Mills
  • The Two Million-Year-Old Self, Anthony Stevens
  • The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs
  • The Design of Everyday Things, Don Norman
  • Simularcra and Simulation: The Body, In Theory: Histories of Cultural Materialism, Jean Baudrillard
  • The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World's Greatest Philosophers, Will Durant
  • The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time, Will Durant
  • Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play-Element in Culture, Johan Huizinga 
  • Essays of E.B. White, E.B. White
  • One Man's Meat, E.B. White
  • Teaching as a Subversive Activity: A No-Holds-Barred Assault on Outdated Teaching Methods, Neil Postman
  • Deschooling Society, Ivan Illich
  • No Sense of Place: The Impact of Electronic Media on Social Behavior, Joshua Meyrowitz
  • The Printing Revolution in Early Modern Europe, Elizabeth L. Einstein 
  • The Lessons of History, Will and Ariel Durant
  • Technology as Magic: The Triumph of the Irrational, Richard Stivers
  • Shades of Loneliness: Pathologies of a Technological Society, Richard Stivers
  • Things That Bother Me: Death, Freedom, the Self, Etc., Galen Strawson
  • Strangers to Ourselves, Timothy D. Wilson
  • Notes on the Synthesis of Form, Christopher Alexander
  • Technics and Human Development: Technics and Human Development, Lewis Mumford
  • The Technological Society, Jacques Ellul
  • American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Kai Bird
  • Experience and Nature, John Dewey
  • Freedom and Culture, John Dewey
  • Democracy and Education, John Dewey
  • Release 2.1: A Design for Living in the Digital Age, Esther Dyson
  • Amusing Ourselves To Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business, Neil Postman
  • Revolution in Time: Clocks and the Making of the Modern World, David S. Landes
  • Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville
  • The Nature of Order: An Essay on the Art of Building and the Nature of the Universe, Christopher Alexander
  • A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction, Christopher Alexander
  • On Writing Well, William Zinsser
  • Writing to Learn, William Zinsser
  • Solitude: A Return to the Self, Anthony Storr
  • The Existential Pleasures of Engineering, Samuel C. Florman
  • Thinking Without a Banister: Essays in Understanding, Hannah Arendt
  • The Order of Time, Carlo Rovelli
  • What is Reading For? Robert Bringhurst 
  • The Solid Form Of Language: An Essay On Writing And Meaning, Robert Bringhurst
  • Making Up the Mind, Chris Firth
  • The Ascent of Man, Jacob Bronowski
  • The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion, Jonathan Haidt
  • The Gutenberg Galaxy, Marshall McLuhan
  • Northern Farm: A Chronicle of Maine, Henry Beston
  • The Wizard and the Prophet, Charles C. Mann
  • Zig Zag: The Politics of Culture, Hans Enzensberger
  • Eye and Brain, Richard L. Gregory
  • Propaganda: The Formation of Men's Attitudes, Jacques Ellul
  • The Act of Creation, Arthur Koestler
  • Conscientious Objections: Stirring Up Trouble About Language, Technology and Education, Neil Postman
  • The Americans, Daniel Boorstin
  • Lives of a Cell, Lewis Thomas
  • The Gene, Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction, Alan Jacobs
  • Essays and Aphorisms, Arthur Schopenhauer
  • Mind Over Machine: The Power of Human Intuition and Expertise in the Era of the Computer, Hubert Dreyfus
  • Tools for Conviviality, Ivan Ilich
  • The Society of the Spectacle, Guy Debord
  • The Postmodern Condition, Jean-Francois Lyotard
  • The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age, Sven Birkets
  • The Bias of Communication, Harold A. Innis
  • The End of Education: Redefining the Value of School, Neil Postman
  • The Art of Loading Brush: New Agrarian Writings, Wendell Berry
  • Disabling Professions, Ivan Illich
  • Adventures of Ideas, Alfred North Whitehead
  • Persuasive Technology: Using Computers to Change What We Think and Do, B.J. Fogg
  • The Illusion of Conscious Will, Daniel M. Wegner

Essays

Most of these are already available in the Docs & Files section. 
  • On the Future Computer Era: Modification of the American Character and the Role of the Engineer, or, A Little Caution in the Haste to Number by Paul Baran
  • The Most Common Obstacle to Learning: Teaching by Charles Weingartner
  • The Future of Luxury by Hans Magnus Enzensberger
  • Speed of Cultural Change by Marshall McLuhan 
  • Boredom and Creativity in Global Capitalism by Ester Peeren
  • Fuck Nuance by Kieran Healy
  • Decorative Sociology: Towards a Critique of the Cultural Turn by Chris Rojek and Bryan Turner
  • Spectacle, Attention, Counter-Memory by Jonathan Crary
  • Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgment to Calculation by Joseph Weizenbaum
  • Not Without Us by Joseph Weizenbaum 
  • Three Little Words by Charles Weingartner 
  • The Information Environment by Neil Postman
  • Some Issues of Technology by Joseph Weizenbaum (and others)
  • Writing and the Development of Human Cooperation by Mullins et al.
  • If It's Neutral, It's Not Technology by Lance Strate
  • The Recovery of Health by Ivan Illich
  • Educationist as Painkiller by Neil Postman