My public and personal library nibbling, my bookstore standing-reading, used to make me feel uneasy, undisciplined and unfulfilled. Not so lately. Split is the new short. and reading book chapters feels like a good balance between substance and stub. Here 5 interesting ones read recently:
Prologue of Ian Burma’s Inventing Japan, for that great Tokyo Olympics anecdote.
Chapter 11 of Barry Schwartz’s Paradox of Choice, for honest, useful advice for living at “the pinnacle of human possibility”.
Chapter 3 of Po Bronson’s Nudist on the Late Shift, for the gripping, amazing tale of how Sabeer Bathia started and sold Hotmail.
Also from Nudist (and partially available on Wired), chapter 7, for an inspiring, charming portrait of Danny Hillis at crossroads.
Chapter 1 of John Nathan’s Sony: The Private Life, for its depiction of the fascinating soulmate relationship between Sony’s founders, Akio Morita and Masaru Ibuka.