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Paddy's Lament, Ireland 1846-1847: Prelude to Hatred
Thomas Gallagher
Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One
Jenny K. Blake
When in French: Love in a Second Language
Lauren Collins
Beyond the Job Description: How Managers and Employees Can Navigate the True Demands of the Job
Jesse Sostrin
Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing
David Hubel, Margaret S. Livingstone
Achieving Your Potential As A Photographer: A Creative Companion and Workbook
Harold Davis
Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age
Sherry Turkle
Picture Perfect Practice: A Self-Training Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Taking World-Class Photographs (Voices That Matter)
Roberto Valenzuela
Man's Search for Meaning
Viktor E. Frankl, Harold S. Kushner
Terms of Service: Social Media and the Price of Constant Connection
Jacob Silverman

The Man Who Quit Money

The Man Who Quit Money - Mark Sundeen Thought provoking book. Very well written. I haven't explored Daniel Suelo's website yet (the man who quit money), but I suspect that Mark Sundeen has done an excellent job of explaining a difficult, nuanced, and multi-faceted individual and his ideas to us (perhaps better than Suelo could do himself)."Which is all a way of saying: the whole project of changing the world is hard work. And as much as we seek a balance, straddling the line between individualism and community isn't a recipe for freedom. It's the opposite. When you try to balance the anxiety of maintaining wealth (savings, mortgages, insurance) with the anxiety of being an ethical person (eating local food, lunching with hobos, reusing baggies, withholding taxes), you don't free yourself from either. You end up with twice as much anxiety. It's sort of like going on a diet. Unless you're willing to go all in -- run 6 miles a day and eat only fish and broccoli -- you'll never have those sculpted abs you see in magazines. But neither will you have the unabashed joy of scarfing double-frosted chocolate cake. Instead you nibble away at half a piece, your enjoyment negated by your guilt that you couldn't refuse it altogether. The person with the least worry over the compromises he must make is, of course, the person who doesn't compromise: Suelo. "Before, my hardships were long-term, complex anxieties," he says: "What am I going to do with my life, how am I going to pay rent and pay insurance, what's retirement going to be like, what am I going to do for a career, what are people going to think if I do this or that? To me that stuff was unbearable. And I think most people are dealing with it. Now my hardships are simple and immediate: food, shelter, and clothing. They're manageable because they're in the present." p. 241