Books in a Sentence: 2019

I find life confusing and I have a lot of questions, so I turn to books. I find this pursuit very meaningful. The goal of this project is to whittle down the essence of each book to a single sentence. Because a book is like great fish whose brilliant color fades after being taken from from the sea, I’ve written these lines to hold on to that color just a little longer. They are definitely not reviews, but a shimmering object at the bottom of the ocean that with particular lighting, may catch a particular eye. If that eye is yours, I encourage you to read the book to experience its brilliance. Maybe afterwards we can talk.

Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious

Carl Jung

The deeper we tunnel into the individual psyche, the wider the passage becomes until we fall into an expansive and visceral darkness, filled with symbols longing to be illuminated, faceless creatures, and forgotten artifacts from time immemorial.

Father Arseny

Vera Bouteneff

If anything other than faith is strong enough to endure the pressures of life long enough to produce a diamond out of the human soul, history is yet to reveal it.

The Coddling of the American Mind

Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff

Today more than ever, we must gain understanding through tempering our ideas with the flames of our fiercest interlocutors.

Demons

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

It feels like we are the cunning spider spinning the intricate web of our great Idea, but if we are not careful, we become the fly.

A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

William B. Irvine

Life deals cards unfairly, some are locked in cells of discomfort and some are locked in cells of comfort, both are prisons and both can be opened with Stoic principles.

The Stranger

Albert Camus

The bravely intelligent human afraid of what lies beneath cherished reason desperately leads at best, themselves, and at worst, their society into the devouring jaws of their own creation.

The Trial

Franz Kafka

After chopping the world to pieces with the great sword of intellect, the wielder has two options, courageously let the sword fall or cowardly fall on it.

Ordinary Men

Christopher Browning

Every act of history was acted out by someone, someone like me, someone like you.

Memories, Dreams, Reflections

Carl Jung

At the bottom of the ocean within you and guarded by creatures requiring everything that you are to slay, lies a treasure only you can find but everyone needs.

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress.

Steven Pinker

While this will never likely make the news, every quantifiable aspect of existence has gotten way better for almost everybody.

Dreams

Carl Jung

Each night WE produce a dream-world that mocks physics, disregards morality, has no intellectual or aesthetic sense, and irrationally integrates eternal symbology with personal memory, showing us that if nothing else, our own minds offer a frontier of exploration with the richness and mystery of outer space.

Superintelligence

Nick Bostrom

Metamorphosis

Franz Kafka

Deep Learning with Python

Francois Chollet

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