- Form Follows Fiasco
Don't let high ideals distract you from the needs of those you're designing for.
Reflections on completing my twenty-fifth year on earth
- A Drifting Life
Our lives comprise many stories at a time, even though we can't always see them all.
- Capitalist Realism
Beware anything that's defended most often by attacking its alternatives.
- When Nietzsche Wept
Obsession is never about the thing you're obsessed with.
- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Heroism is much more fraught for real people than it is for superheroes.
- The Art of War in the Middle Ages
Weapons and tactics change rarely but quickly, and history is unkind to those who do not keep pace.
- For the Win
If the actuality of human triumphs and tragedies overflowing the bounds of video games isn't enough to defeat claims that it's "not the real world," then economics and politics will do the trick.
- The Emperor of All Maladies
To fight cancer cells is to do battle with "more perfect versions of ourselves."
- Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers
The highest perfection contains just the right degree of imperfection.
- The Closing of the American Mind
Convictions are forged in argument, values forged in conflict. If we act as if everyone is entitled not only to one's opinion, but entitled not to be challenged on it, then we deprive ourselves and each other of the possibility of forming real convictions and values.
- True Grit
Even a 14 year-old girl can be a badass.
- The Persistence of Poverty
Traditional thinking about what motivates the poor is precisely backwards.
- Within The Context of No Context
We sign contracts with our attention, the terms of which we haven't read.
- A Week at the Airport
Who we are at the airport is who we truly are.
- The Emperor's Handbook
“Nothing outside the mind can disturb it.”
- Eating the Dinosaur
As a species, we have never been less human than we are right now.
- The Windup Girl
If our species doesn't survive, it will be because we didn't deserve to.
- When Corporations Rule the World
Markets are useful, but perfectly free markets are unsustainable.
- The Architecture of Happiness
Who and how we are depend in some measure on where we are.