Non-fiction books: Jared Diamond
, Charles Mann.
Sebastian Junger. History. Freakonomics
, Tipping Point
, Mind Hunter
, Why Nations Fail
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. Joseph Campbell. Science
Fiction: anything Arthur C. Clarke or Ray Bradbury, to a lesser
extent Asimov. Herbert's DUNE
series (first four anyway). My all
time favorite short story is Kaleidoscope by Ray Bradbury.
Recently: Nate Silver's The Signal and the Noise, Crime and
Punishment, and Super Freakonomics. One of my most prized
possessions is the complete cassette set for the BBC radio play of
Guide to the Galaxy
U2, Beatles, Moby, Vangelis, Ennio
Morricone, Air, Royksopp. Beethoven when writing. I'd like to think
some of my favorite songs have a transhuman appeal. The Beatles'
"Here Comes the Sun" has lyrics that any human being at any point
in history can relate to and appreciate. They'll be singing it on
30 Rock, BSG, Fullmetal Alchemist
Brotherhood, Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking, Ghost in the
Shell, Rome (HBO), and Deadwood.
Lefty politics: Talking Points Memo, Kevin
Drum (Motherjones.com), Matthew Yglesias (Slate). Wonkette
. Favorite science blogs: Not
Exactly Rocket Science (nature), Tetrapodzoology (zoology),
BoingBoing, Mindhacks (neuroscience). International news: Al