The recommendations from the last few weeks of reading can be split into two buckets
- Old books that predicted what today might look like to help figure out what might lie ahead. ‘Futurethink’ by Weiner and Brown provides a few thinking models, ‘Microtrends’ by Penn and Zalesne show that what is old is new and, ‘Small Data’ by Martin Lindstrom takes an anthropological approach to determining trends. You can throw in ‘Future Shock’ by Alvin Toffler, he covered a lot of the ideas that he modernized in those other books.
- New fiction on masculinity, race and class; ‘How Are You Going To Save Yourself’ by JM Holmes and ‘A Lucky Man: Stories’ by Jamal Brinkley. Some of the stories made me uncomfortable when I read them a few weeks ago. It’s a sensation I still feel as I write this.
I can’t believe January ends in a few days! We’re plugging along with Varuna
and the next few weeks will be pivotal. Thanks for the continued introductions, I’m working through them.
As usual, I’d love your book and article recommendations. I’d also appreciate if you shared Polymathic Monthly with one person. One. Yes, Just one.
Till the next issue, all the best!