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Interesting Reads

A list of my favorite articles.


Cities and Ambition

http://www.paulgraham.com/cities.html
"I tried living in Florence when I was 25, thinking it would be an art center, but it turned out I was 450 years too late."

Keep Your Identity Small
http://www.paulgraham.com/identity.html
"... people don't feel they need to have any particular expertise to have opinions about it. All they need is strongly held beliefs, and anyone can have those."

What You Can't Say
http://paulgraham.com/say.html
"... the statements that make people maddest are those they worry might be true."

Taste for Makers
http://www.paulgraham.com/taste.html
"Your parents taught you to ignore taste. After dinning into you that taste is merely a matter of personal preference, they took you to the museum and told you that you should pay attention because Leonardo is a great artist."

Lies We Tell Kids
http://paulgraham.com/lies.html
"Ask your parents."

Undergraduation (in particular, the section "Everything")

http://www.paulgraham.com/college.html
"If a physicist met a colleague from 100 years ago, he could teach him some new things; if a psychologist met a colleague from 100 years ago, they'd just get into an ideological argument."

How to Do Philosophy
http://paulgraham.com/philosophy.html
"... there's no use in telling people things they already believe, and people are often upset to be told things they don't."

Mind the Gap
http://paulgraham.com/gap.html
"... the CEO of a large public company makes about 100 times as much as the average person. ... Editorials quote this kind of statistic with horror. But I have no trouble imagining that one person could be 100 times as productive as another."