Book Summaries and Notes

Below is a living list of book summaries. It will grow and change as I add more.

Each summary comes with a rating, a short summary and quotes from the book. Use it as inspiration and at your own peril. There’s a risk one or two of them might change your mind.

Derek Sivers is the original inspiration behind this page.

*Under construction


This Is Water, by David Foster Wallace (10/10) An exploration of how unconscious we are on a daily basis, written and delivered by a man who struggled with depression, anxiety, and the weight of fame. At the end of this piece you will see the world differently. Not a book per se, but well worth the time.

Denial of Death, by Ernest Becker (10/10) If aliens came to the planet, I’d give them this book as an intro to humanity. An incredible journey through the evolution of psychoanalysis and the human condition. It can be a slow, difficult read, but it’s well worth the time.

The Wisdom of Insecurity, by Alan Watts (10/10) This book remains the best elaboration on how crazy it is to expect certainty in a fundamentally uncertain world. After reading it for the first time, I felt a great weight in me disappear.

Letters to a Young Contrarian, by Christopher Hitchens – Direct, powerful and utterly unapologetic. He had a profound influence on me with a reminder that responsibility lies on my shoulders.

Letters To a Young Poet, by Rainer Maria Rilke – Summary in progress, will show up here shortly.

Tao Te Ching, by Lao Tze – Summary in progress, will show up here shortly.

Markings, by Dag Hammarskjöld РSummary in progress, will show up here shortly.

The Autobiograhy of Benjamin Franklin – Summary in progress, will show up here shortly.