1. Snow Crash

    Everything is a virus.

  2. For Whom the Bell Tolls

    The virtue of a goal is not to be found as much in its accomplishment as in the direction and meaning it can give a life.

  3. Samurai William

    How William Adams became the first caucasian samurai.

  4. The Great Gatsby

    People can do awful things to get what they want, and they may still turn out worse for getting it.

  5. War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning

    War is a narcotic for societies.

  6. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

    Not all neurological conditions are deficits; some heighten their bearers' brain function in ways beyond our capacity to easily recognize.

  7. Form Follows Fiasco

    Don't let high ideals distract you from the needs of those you're designing for.

  8. 25

    Reflections on completing my twenty-fifth year on earth

  9. A Drifting Life

    Our lives comprise many stories at a time, even though we can't always see them all.

  10. Capitalist Realism

    Beware anything that's defended most often by attacking its alternatives.

  11. When Nietzsche Wept

    Obsession is never about the thing you're obsessed with.

  12. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

    Heroism is much more fraught for real people than it is for superheroes.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. The Emperor of All Maladies

    To fight cancer cells is to do battle with “more perfect versions of ourselves.”

  16. Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers

    The highest perfection contains just the right degree of imperfection.

  17. 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.

  18. True Grit

    Even a 14 year-old girl can be a badass.

  19. The Persistence of Poverty

    Traditional thinking about what motivates the poor is precisely backwards.

  20. Within The Context of No Context

    We sign contracts with our attention, the terms of which we haven't read.

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