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Below you can find a list of books, videos, movies, music, video games… anything that I’ve found interesting or enjoyable, in no particular order. Some things I’ve finished, others I haven’t. It’s a very personal list, not something I intend to be authoritative or prescriptive. It is always prone to updating and retconning. Look above for the “Updated” field on this post to see when I last added/changed something.

* = Currently reading. ** = May finish someday or intend to finish. *** = Did not finish but still found interesting.


History, Politics, Sociology, Philosophy

The Dawn of Everything, by David Graeber and David Wengro*
Debt: The First 5000 Years, by David Graeber**
You and Your Profile, by Hans-Georg Moeller and Paul J. D’Ambrosio
Exploration of modes of identity formation and interaction. For me, it offered some insight into how we portray ourselves as musicians and artists.
Pedagogy of the Oppressed, by Paulo Freire**
The Guru Papers, by Joel Kramer and Diana Alstad**
The Prophet and the Bodhisattva, by Charles R. Strain***
First half is great. I burned out on the second half, which is much dryer.
Manufacturing Happy Citizens, by Edgar Cabanas and Eva Illouz***


I don’t super love that word (spirituality) at the time of writing. This mostly has to do with personal experiences in “spiritual spaces” in recent years that I’ve found distasteful in retrospect. Nonetheless, I can’t think of a better term for how I’d categorize these reads—literally concerning human spirit.

This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom, by Martin Hägglund
Hard to decide whether to include this one in the political/philosophical category or the spiritual one, but I think it ultimately belongs here. Currently my favored starting point for a broad worldview.
A Trackless Path, by Ken McLeod and Jigme Lingpa


Biology Under the Influence, by Richard Levins and Richard Lewontin***
How Physics Makes Us Free, by Jenann Ismael**
Burnout, by Amelia Nagoski and Emily Nagoski

Art, Music, Performance, Etc.

Musicking: The Meanings of Performing and Listening, by Christopher Small
The book that radicalized me, or at least started the process. I don’t agree with everything in it these days, but he’s the first one that got to consider that the questions might sometimes be more important than the answers.
The Storm of Creativity, by Kyna Leski
Physical Expression and the Performing Artist, by Jerald C. Schwiebert
On Poetry, by Glyn Maxwell**

Fiction and Other Prose

The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King
Anything by Brandon Sanderson


The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don’t, by Julia Galef


Meaningness & Vividness
Sometimes I don’t love Chapman’s stance towards certain subjects, but his material has been a really good jumping-off point for me in a lot of areas. Meaningness also helped me out of a bad bout of nihilism in 2017 or so.


Bill Wurtz

Video Essays/Essayists

Lindsay Ellis
Jenny Nicholson
Ryan Hollinger

Movies and Television

Suspiria (2018)
My favorite film of all time.
The Witch
Saint Maud
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power

Music and Musical Artists

Special Interest

Under Construction…

Visual and Other Artists

Bruce Connor
First encountered his work in the SFMOMA and was immediately enchanted. He did film, painting, photography, sculpture… it almost feels easier counting the kinds of things he didn’t make.

Video Games

Guild Wars 2
All From Software Titles


Ableton Live

Currently between video applications. Used to use Premiere and After Effects but I’m sick of Adobe’s sales and price model. Will likely be using Blender and DaVinci Resolve for any video projects in the future.

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