Strangers — Bookshelf

Below you'll find a list of books and essays we want to explore.
Note: This is a work in progress, needs organization.

Reading Cycle: February 16 - March 28, 2020

Shades of Loneliness: Pathologies of a Technological Society
Richard Stivers


  • The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America
    Daniel Boorstin
  • The Americans: The Democratic Experience
    Daniel Boorstin
  • What Are People For?
    Wendell Berry
  • The Art of Loading Brush: New Agrarian Writings
    Wendell Berry
  • The Human Condition
    Hannah Arendt
  • The Origins of Totalitarianism
    Hannah Arendt
  • The Life of the Mind: The Groundbreaking Investigation on How We Think
    Hannah Arendt
  • Thinking Without a Banister: Essays in Understanding
    Hannah Arendt
  • Understanding Media
    Marshall McLuhan
  • On Photography
    Susan Sontag
  • The Hidden Dimension
    Edward T. Hall
  • Education in a Time Between Worlds
    Zachary Stein
  • The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World
    Andrea Wulf
  • Language in Thought and Action
    S.I. Hayakawa
  • Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology
    Neil Postman
  • Conscientious Objections: Stirring Up Trouble About Language, Technology and Education
    Neil Postman
  • Teaching as a Subversive Activity: A No-Holds-Barred Assault on Outdated Teaching Methods
    Neil Postman
  • Amusing Ourselves To Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
    Neil Postman
  • The Sociological Imagination
    C. Wright Mills
  • The Two Million-Year-Old Self
    Anthony Stevens
  • The Death and Life of Great American Cities
    Jane Jacobs
  • The Design of Everyday Things
    Don Norman
  • Simulacra and Simulation: Histories of Cultural Materialism
    Jean Baudrillard
  • The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World's Greatest Philosophers
    Will Durant
  • The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time
    Will Durant
  • Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play-Element in Culture
    Johan Huizinga 
  • Essays of E.B. White
    E.B. White
  • One Man's Meat
    E.B. White
  • Deschooling Society
    Ivan Illich
  • Tools for Conviviality
    Ivan Illich
  • Disabling Professions
    Ivan Illich
  • No Sense of Place: The Impact of Electronic Media on Social Behavior
    Joshua Meyrowitz
  • The Printing Revolution in Early Modern Europe
    Elizabeth L. Einstein 
  • The Lessons of History
    Will and Ariel Durant
  • Technology as Magic: The Triumph of the Irrational
    Richard Stivers
  • Shades of Loneliness: Pathologies of a Technological Society
    Richard Stivers
  • Things That Bother Me: Death, Freedom, the Self, Etc.
    Galen Strawson
  • Strangers to Ourselves
    Timothy D. Wilson
  • Notes on the Synthesis of Form
    Christopher Alexander
  • Technics and Human Development: Technics and Human Development
    Lewis Mumford
  • The Technological Society
    Jacques Ellul
  • The Technological System
    Jacques Ellul
  • Perspectives on Our Age: Jacques Ellul Speaks on His Life and Work
    Jacques Ellul
  • Propaganda: The Formation of Men's Attitudes
    Jacques Ellul
  • American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
    Kai Bird
  • Experience and Nature
    John Dewey
  • Freedom and Culture
    John Dewey
  • Democracy and Education
    John Dewey
  • Release 2.1: A Design for Living in the Digital Age
    Esther Dyson
  • Revolution in Time: Clocks and the Making of the Modern World
    David S. Landes
  • Democracy in America
    Alexis de Tocqueville
  • The Nature of Order: An Essay on the Art of Building and the Nature of the Universe
    Christopher Alexander
  • A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction
    Christopher Alexander
  • On Writing Well
    William Zinsser
  • Writing to Learn
    William Zinsser
  • Solitude: A Return to the Self
    Anthony Storr
  • The Existential Pleasures of Engineering
    Samuel C. Florman
  • The Order of Time
    Carlo Rovelli
  • What is Reading For
    Robert Bringhurst 
  • The Solid Form Of Language: An Essay On Writing And Meaning
    Robert Bringhurst
  • Making Up the Mind
    Chris Firth
  • The Ascent of Man
    Jacob Bronowski
  • The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
    Jonathan Haidt
  • The Gutenberg Galaxy
    Marshall McLuhan
  • In the Shadow of Tomorrow: A Diagnosis of the Modern Distemper
    Johan Huizinga
  • Northern Farm: A Chronicle of Maine
    Henry Beston
  • The Wizard and the Prophet
    Charles C. Mann
  • Zig Zag: The Politics of Culture
    Hans Enzensberger
  • Within the Context of No Context
    George W.S. Trow
  • Eye and Brain
    Richard L. Gregory
  • The Act of Creation
    Arthur Koestler
  • The Lonely Crowd, Revised edition: A Study of the Changing American Character
    David Riesman
  • Lives of a Cell
    Lewis Thomas
  • More Work For Mother: The Ironies Of Household Technology
    Ruth Schwartz Cowan
  • The Gene
    Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction, Alan Jacobs
  • Essays and Aphorisms
    Arthur Schopenhauer
  • Mind Over Machine: The Power of Human Intuition and Expertise in the Era of the Computer
    Hubert Dreyfus
  • Tools for Conviviality
    Ivan Ilich
  • Inarticulate Society: Eloquence and Culture in America
    Tom Shachtman
  • The Society of the Spectacle
    Guy Debord
  • The Postmodern Condition
    Jean-Francois Lyotard
  • The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age
    Sven Birkets
  • The Bias of Communication
    Harold A. Innis
  • The End of Education: Redefining the Value of School
    Neil Postman
  • The Burnout Society
    Byung-Chul Han
  • The Transparency Society
    Byung-Chul Han
  • The Scent of Time
    Byung-Chul Han
  • In the Swarm: Digital Prospects
    Byung-Chul Han
  • The Expulsion of the Other: Society, Perception and Communication Today
    Byung-Chul Han
  • Adventures of Ideas
    Alfred North Whitehead
  • Persuasive Technology: Using Computers to Change What We Think and Do
    B.J. Fogg
  • The Illusion of Conscious Will
    Daniel M. Wegner
  • The Geography of Thought
    Richard E. Nisbett


Most of these are already available in the Docs and Files section in Basecamp. 

  • On the Future Computer Era: Modification of the American Character and the Role of the Engineer, or, A Little Caution in the Haste to Number
    Paul Baran
  • On the Impact of the New Communications Media upon Social Values
    by Paul Baran
  • Spectacle, Attention, Counter-Memory
    Jonathan Crary 
  • The Future of Luxury
    Hans Magnus Enzensberger
  • Fuck Nuance
    Kieran Healy
  • The Recovery of Health
    Ivan Illich
  • Speed of Cultural Change
    Marshall McLuhan
  • Writing and the Development of Human Cooperation
    Mullins et al
  • Boredom and Creativity in Global Capitalism
    Ester Peeren
  • Educationist as Painkiller
    Neil Postman
  • The Information Environment
    Neil Postman
  • If It's Neutral, It's Not Technology
    Lance Strate
  • Decorative Sociology: Towards a Critique of the Cultural Turn
    Chris Rojek and Bryan Turner
  • God and Golem, Inc
    Norbert Wiener
  • Some Issues of Technology
    Joseph Weizenbaum (and others)
  • Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgment to Calculation
    Joseph Weizenbaum
  • Not Without Us
    Joseph Weizenbaum 
  • Nothing of Value
    Charles Weingartner
  • The Most Common Obstacle to Learning: Teaching
    Charles Weingartner
  • Three Little Words
    Charles Weingartner