Books

Here you’ll find a list of books I’ve read along with my notes from them. The notes remain free. Since I’ve spent hours reading each book and typing up the notes, if you enjoy them or find value, buying the book with an Amazon link gives me some Drew Dollars- DπŸ€‘ Unless otherwise noted, all of these books first came into my bubble via recommendation, often by more than one person. There are so many good books out there, and life is short. One way I filter my information diet is by letting others go first. Hat tip to Derek Sivers for the inspiration for this page. My notes have evolved over time as I’ve evolved as a person.

Rather than review each book, I share “what I got from it” because that feels more honest. Some people love books I hate, and I don’t like books others love. For example, I stopped reading Harry Potter midway through The Order Of The Phoenix and never looked back.

In college, I would just dump quotes into a large document called MY FAVORITE QUOTES. It grew to over 46,000 words before I started a different organization system. If you want random nuggets of interesting quotes or sayings, feel free to comb through it.

Books I read before tracking dates πŸ“š

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Dan Pink DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: As we are now inundated with information, products, gadgets, and widgets, good design is more important than ever. When everything has become commoditized, design wins. NOTES

Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Telling stories in a powerful, emotional way helps others retell the same story. Social currency is just as real as any other currency, and if you can make something that people enjoy telling others about, it can sell itself. NOTES

Deep Work by Cal Newport DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Practicing focusing your attention is a skill. Just like going to the gym, you will atrophy without working out. Prioritization plus focused attention is a super power. Sometimes we have to give up good things to do great things. Schedule time away from screens, and be deliberate about your leisure time. Bonus: This set of notes also has notes from his TEDx talk. NOTES

Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans DπŸ€‘ – What I took from it: Regular review and reflection are important, and it also exists across multiple dimensions. Work is important to me, and I want to do fulfilling work. Punching a clock kills my spirit. Non-work habits, relationships, and routines help me function at a high-level NOTES– these notes were written when I first read the book, and since it is a workbook, represent my thinking during that snapshot period. Thinking changes over time, so be mindful!

Ego Is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: A narcissistic city has no walls, and is always under attack. Fear and pride are crippling. Get in touch with them. Manage them. NOTES

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and The Quest For A Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: The man is an absolute machine. He does not do casual. Betting big on yourself is always a win. The project might not work out, but you can always try again later and can sit with solace knowing you gave it your best effort. To not try leaves you wondering and can create self-loathing. Life is short. Go for it. NOTES

Enchanted Objects by David Rose DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Words are often bad design! Colors and symbols can convey much more information more simply and quickly. For example, stop lights don’t say “stop,” they are simply a red circle. Words are just compilations of squiggly lines that we connect meaning to. They are inherently meaningless and interpreting them requires a fair amount of computing power. Quantified Self needs passive data collection to truly work. NOTES

Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Screw fearlessness, be courageous instead. If you’re waiting to be unafraid of something to begin, you may wait forever. Often things become much less scary once we try them. Our competence also goes up with time, giving us confidence via competence which can diminish fear. NOTES

How To Be Happy What I took from it: Happiness can be achieved through a number of simple self-care activities. Often happiness decreases when one or more of these is out of whack. This is a TEDx talk, not a book, sorry to disappoint but it was in my archives and is a gem. NOTES

How To Stop Worrying And Start Living by Dale Carnegie DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Just like it’s a good idea to choose in advance how you’re going to argue, it’s best to choose in advance how to deal with worry, rather than pretend worrying won’t happen and struggling when it inevitably arises. NOTES

I Don’t Want To Talk About it by Terrence Real DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Covert depression is a real and nifty idea. Self-connection, knowing how you feel, is critically important. NOTES

In the Plex by Stephen Levy DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: This one was a slow read. Ideas are fragile, be gentle with them. Google is designed so people would work there for free. Now, I don’t think that’s the case. NOTES

Influence, the Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: This book is dense with insight and deserves a re-read. We are all being manipulated more often than we imagine. Be mindful, and careful about how you focus your attention. You can use these tips for both good and evil. NOTES

Loving What Is by Byron Katie DπŸ€‘ – What I took from it: Inquiry is magic. Ask questions anytime you or someone else feels stuck. Don’t go for what you’d aspirationally feel, get in touch with how you actually feel, whatever that may be. Otherwise, you’re fooling yourself. NOTES

Lying by Sam Harris DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: You can make the case against lying without morals. Remembering one version of reality is hard enough! Remembering multiple versions takes more computing power. Avoid it. NOTES

Making Hope Happen by Shane Lopez DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Hope is a driving force. Without it, we lose our will to live. I remember survival training from my boy scout days learning that in a survival situation, what gets people out of it above all factors is what they call “will to live”. NOTES

Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: There’s something interesting about the fact that one of the most famous books ever written was originally intended to be published anonymously. Life is what you make of it. Even when life seems to be only about suffering, there is meaning to be gleaned from that. NOTES

Mindset by Carol Dweck DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Don’t tell your kids that they are smart. They will view smartness as a trait rather than something to be cultivated. Try things! We learn a lot by trying and our abilities aren’t fixed for just about everything. NOTES

Moonwalking With Einstein by Joshua Foer DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Memory can be trained, and there are some pretty insane feats of memory. We remember images much better than words, so the basic technique involves associating things with images. Even memory champs often forget their car keys, so the insights seem not as useful as I’d hope, more like a parlor trick and not pragmatic. NOTES

Positivity by Barbara Frederickson DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: It is possible to be happy, and can be trained. It’s not something some people “just have” and others don’t. Combines well with Carol Dweck’s Mindset NOTES

The Power Of Habit by Charles Duhigg DπŸ€‘ – What I took from it: Habits can be both conscious and unconscious. Keystone habits are big and powerful, and can also be like dominoes triggering other ones. Training yourself on the skill of habit formation is one of the best meta-skills. NOTES

Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: We humans do a lot of things that don’t make sense. But, the cool thing is that these things often occur in patterns, so we can become aware of these behaviors in both ourselves and others. Like Cialdini’s Influence, this can also be used for good and evil. I also think Dan missed the boat with one of his experiments around the idea of “free”. I emailed him about it and never heard back. He compared free to other priced items which I think was a critical error, as I think many people make decisions on the basis of free, or nothing, and don’t compare free or not the same way they would to 9 versus 10. NOTES

Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Tara is a Jedi master. I later confirmed this at her in-person workshops. Acceptance does not mean passivity! It means owning what is, rather than pretending something is something else. NOTES

Remote by Jason Fried DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: It will be really slowly, and then all of a sudden. This book was written pre-COVID and feels oddly prescient in retrospect. NOTES

Books I read in 2019 πŸ“š

Community by Peter Block DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Design of physical spaces is critical and often overlooked. Circle tables are magical. Once we stop recognizing someone’s unique contribution to the community at large, it becomes much easier to see them as subhuman. NOTES

More Than Two: A Practical Guide to Ethical Polyamory by Franklin Veaux and Eve Rickert DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Plenty of people throw the baby out with the bathwater. The relationship bill of rights mentioned in the book is an awesome relationship guide, regardless of sexual orientation. Getting clear about what you want in a relationship, what you’re willing and not willing to do, and communicating all of that effectively with your partner(s) clears up damn near everything. NOTES

Civilized to Death: The Price of Progress by Christopher Ryan DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: The NPP, or Narrative Of Perpetual Progress, is a great tool for disregarding all the people who came before us and writing them off as idiots. That’s a bad idea. Ask yourself frequently, what does “better” even mean? NOTES

Money is Love: Reconnecting to the Sacred Origins of Money by Barbara WilderDπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Viewing money as evil is the single best way to guarantee that it wrecks your life. Viewing it as love feels like hippie-dippie crap, but reinforces the intention to befriend, collaborate, and understand money. NOTES

The Non-Tinfoil Guide to EMFs by Nicolas Pineault DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: This book caused me to purchase and use a number of EMF mitigating and harmonizing devices mentioned on my gear page. It led down a rabbit hole including other books, podcasts, and topics like earthing, biogeometry, and biology. It’s tough to get a person to believe something when their paycheck depends on them beleiving something else. Don’t use a microwave, ever. Electrical pollution is just as pernicious as other types, yet we often write it off because we can’t see it. NOTES

No More Mr. Nice Guy: a proven plan for getting what you want in love, sex, and life by Dr. Robert Glover DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Nice is often code for being a passive aggressive softie- saying you want something you don’t, as a means of pleasing your partner. while pleasing your partner might seem like a good idea at first, in the long run, neglecting your own needs builds resentment and wrecks a relationship. Be bold, and ask for what you want. If you don’t, you’ll have a hard time getting it. NOTES

Why Am I Afraid To Tell You Who I Am by John Powell DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Shame is a real thing, but it is not every thing. It can be beaten, with some practice. NOTES

Conscious Loving: The Journey to Co-Commitment- a way to be fully together without giving up yourself by Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: You can have your cake and eat it too. To be a great partner, focus on being a good person. What that means feels confusing, but the book lays out six specific relationship commitments that are damn near foolproof. For example, committing to your own complete development as an individual was counterintuitive for me. In hindsight, it keeps life fresh and interesting. Eroticism thrives on mystery, and continuous growth paves the way for a long relationship that constantly evolves. NOTES

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: This dude has a whacky voice on audio. Self-connection is a great way to understand the world. If you’re not self-connected, you’re basically walking around blind to your own experience, which makes it real tough to relate to anyone else. NOTES

The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Even the best and brightest among us make forgetful mistakes. If you have a list, error rates go way down. They ensure you get things right every time, instead of just most of the time. For things like flying airplanes, things need to be right every time. NOTES

Mind to Matter by Dawson Church DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: How you label determines how you feel. You can decide in advance how to feel. With practice, it will be that way. Words like emotion, mood, temperament, and personality all represent roughly the same thing, just on different time horizons. NOTES

Pre-Suasion by Bob Cialdini DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: What happens before the meeting may be more important than the content of the meeting itself. Set the stage. NOTES

On Writing by Stephen King DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Whether you write short form, long form, fiction or journalism, the quality of the art makes a difference. Great writing can save a crappy story, but crappy writing can tank a great story. Put in the reps. NOTES

The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Follow your intuition. Don’t just follow it, but hone it so you can tell when you’re stuck in your head and not in your heart. This takes practice, but is worth practicing. NOTES

Perennial Seller by Ryan Holiday DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Good things take time. Your chances of making a lasting masterpiece go up significantly if you make many things. Focus on mastery and the long game. NOTES

What Doesn’t Kill Us by Scott Carney DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Get cold, often, deliberately. I bought a cold tub partially thanks to this book. The body can do amazing things, and often the limiting factor is the mind. It’s possible to be old and jacked. NOTES

Lost Connections by Johann Hari DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Addiction is the opposite of connection. If you don’t want to be addicted, connect. Connect with your feelings, wants, desires, and the feelings, wants, and desires of others as well. This especially includes feelings that may be unpleasant, as much addiction stems from pain avoidance. NOTES

Free Will by Sam Harris DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Nurture and nature co-exist. It’s easy to say “I would have…” when you aren’t in someone else’s shoes. It’s possible to understand behavior without condoning it. We very well may be in a simulation, walking through life like characters from The Sims video game series. NOTES

Mating in Captivity by Esther Perel DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Eroticism thrives on mystery. Fidelity, or lack thereof, isn’t everything. To destroy a long relationship because of a single act or transgression feels silly. Own your desires, and navigate them. Repressing them leads to messes. The pot will eventually boil over. NOTES

Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion by Sam Harris DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: You don’t need to have religion to be a good person. Many religions actively cause plenty of harm– more people are killed in the name of God than anything else. Religion still has some benefits. We are in the early stages of discovering alternatives to it. NOTES

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Focus. Prioritize. Getting really good at something that doesn’t matter won’t help you. It’s better to do the most important thing first, maybe even done poorly, than to do a ton of unimportant things and neglect the essentials. Don’t major in the minor. Figure out what is important for you and pursue it relentlessly. Schedule regular review to ensure you’re still doing what you want, but in between review periods, go balls to the wall. NOTES

The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Don’t sell yourself short. It’s often better to shoot high and miss than it is to shoot low and hit. Failure is easy to live with if you know you went for it. Success is hard to live with if you succeed at something that isn’t truly meaningful for you. NOTES

The Compassionate Instinct DπŸ€‘ NOTES Considering that my own notes didn’t mention the author’s name and signal that I didn’t finish reading, I wouldn’t recommend this one. It’s ok to quit books! There have been more than 130 million books written, and that number will only increase. Assuming you read 50 a year (one per week with two weeks off) and have 50 years left to live, that leaves you with 2,500 assuming you don’t reread anything. That’s roughly 0.001% so choose wisely.

Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: What would this look like if it were easy? If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. Ask for help! You’d be surprised how willing people are to give it. NOTES

Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Never ask yes/no questions in a negotiation. Ask how questions instead. This gets the other side into possibility and creativity, instead of shutting down. Simply repeat the last three words of the sentence you heard, with a vocal uptick like a question, and conversations can go on for hours. Make other people feel heard first if you want to feel heard. NOTES

How to Love by Thich Nhat Hanh DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Telling your partner when you’re hurting isn’t actually weak. It is a display of strength. Love doesn’t have to be complicated. It becomes unnecessarily complicated quickly when we hide ourselves or our partners hide from us. When that happens, we no longer speak the same language. NOTES

Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Don’t judge yourself as silly. Judging ideas as silly is a great way to kill them. Great ideas often start out as seemingly silly ones, and must be nurtured. NOTES

Stumbling On Happiness by Daniel Gilbert DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Guessing how we or others will feel in the future is a bad idea. Seek autonomy, and you will find happiness. Seeking happiness may eventually lead to autonomy, but not necessarily. NOTES

WE: Understanding the Psychology of Romantic Love by Robert Johnson DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Love isn’t a verb or a feeling. It is both. Be mindful of the difference. Love the feeling is an emotional experience. Love the verb is a set of behaviors. Committing to loving someone is different from committing to being in love with someone, which is impossible to predict. NOTES

How To Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: The events in the 60s really screwed a lot of research and innovation. Things look hopeful to get back to a more peaceful relationship with psychedelics, but we aren’t out of the woods yet. What once lived on the fringe is slowly creeping into the mainstream. NOTES

Atomic Habits by James Clear DπŸ€‘What I took from it: Stack your habits, so one habit becomes a trigger for another. This book does a great job summing up the work of just about everyone else who has written about habits. Action is different from motion– jogging in place versus running to your destination. Mind the difference. Identity follows behavior. To be a writer, write. To be a runner, run. NOTES

Books I read in 2020 πŸ“š

Conscious Breathing by Anders Olsson DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Breathing is like running. It’s something that everyone does, yet rarely anyone specifically trains for. Training this changes almost all other areas of life, because it is such a giant, fundamental thing. The average person breathes 25,000 times per day. Breath work is a meta skill. Because most people assume they are breathing correctly, they disregard the epic benefits of it. NOTES

Fire In The Belly by Sam Keen DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Many people have become soft. Doing things that they are supposed to do, which is another way of saying, what they subserviently think they should be doing. This often is quite different from what they want to do. Comparison is the death of happiness. NOTES

Your Music And People by Derek Sivers DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Be weird. When the author says to email him, send him the damn email! Only is better than best. Uniqueness in business and creativity is its own moat. Follow up, stay in touch, and be persistent. Often it’s not the early bird that gets the worm. It’s the bird that shows up every day till you get tired and hand him one. NOTES

Creating A Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities by Diana Leaf DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Planning a community is no joke. Failing to plan leads to the death of many communities. Decide in advance how you will handle things like conflict and finance before life presents a situation where you’re forced to handle them without a guide. Community to me means different things than it used to. NOTES

Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope by Mark Manson DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: It’s not science versus religion. Science is its own religion, one that self evolves. Being hopeful in some sense is being complacent- wishing things were different while doing nothing to change them. Removing hope doesn’t mean being hopeless, it means being aware that the particular outcome you want may not occur. Keep this in mind, while still going after it, because that’s what life is about. NOTES

Don’t Shoot The Dog: The Art of Teaching and Training by Karen Pryor DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Much of the dog training also works great for people. Punishment works terribly, yet we largely remain committed to it at scale. This is perhaps the single dumbest thing we do as a species– staying attached to something that doesn’t work. Positive reinforcement goes a long way, and also comes in many flavors with plenty of nuance. Practice it not just on others, but with yourself too. NOTES

The Trick To Money Is Having Some by Stuart Wilde DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Charge more. Delight people. So many companies have terrible service that simply by not sucking, you can look great in comparison. If you have cheap rates, people may assume what you’re selling is cheap junk. NOTES

Internal Family Systems Therapy, 2nd edition by Richard Schwatrz and Martha Sweezy DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: No one is crazy. Our job isn’t to stifle the voices in our heads, the parts within us. Our job is to listen to and integrate what they are all saying. What we resist, persists. Practicing this sort of internal pow-wow makes everyone feel heard. Everyone here refers to all the parts inside of us. Rarely do we feel good if all the parts are not heard and acknowledged, even if we don’t do exactly what one of them wants. All parts have a noble intent, even if the behaviors they manifest as seem terrible. For example, chronic smoking may come from an intent to provide relief, break, freedom from stress. NOTES

Awareness by Anthony De Mello DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Be stoic. If someone loves you or hates you, you are the same you. Don’t put limits or conditions on what it takes for you to be happy. They make equanimity more difficult. NOTES

Robin by Dave Itzkoff DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: It’s ok to be weird, funny, different, and energetic, all at the same time. People don’t have to understand you to love you. Be yourself, let your light shine. If you feel like hell, making other peole laugh is a great way to feel better. NOTES

The Fourth Phase Of Water by Gerald Pollack DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: What else do we think we know a ton about but are generally clueless? Water isn’t nearly as simple nor mundane as previously understood. We are mostly made of water, yet don’t fully grasp water, which means we don’t grasp outrselves. NOTES

21 Lessons For The 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Biotech and infotech will merge. When, who knows. But, it’s happening. This shift may make all prior shifts insignificant in comparison, as it’ll dictate the future of the species. PS- it is already happening! The scale and pace are what will shift next. NOTES

Health and Light by John Ott DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: After reading this, I stopped wearing sunglasses. Invested in sun shirts and sun hats. I began sun snacking, and really making a point to bathe in the morning and evening light. I changed all the lightbulbs in my living environment, and the settings on all of my screens. I already had blue blocking glasses before this. If he was this concerned about light in the 70s, imagine how bad things are now! Light impacts life. NOTES

tao te ching, translated by Stephen Mitchell DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: This book deserves a reread. Forcing things doesn’t work. The tao is flow. Get into flow more often. Notice when you are out of it. Correct. NOTES

The Body Electric: Electromagnetism And The Foundation Of Life by Robert O. Becker, MD and Gary Selden DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: When penicillin came about, much of biology became chemistry, and we haven’t looked back since. Electricity has massive impacts on life forms, yet we pretend it doesn’t. Combine this with many financial incentives to look the other way, and you have ignorance at scale, which is where we currently are. Decades ago we had plenty of data about how living near telephone poles causes cancer, yet, this doesn’t deter us. NOTES

Your Perfect Right: Assertiveness and Equality in Your Life and Relationships by Robert Alberti and Michael Emmons DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Being assertive isn’t about being rude. It’s not passive nor aggressive. It involves advocating for your needs politely, persistently, and in a tactful way. Doing this may still ruffle feathers, but it ruffles fewer feathers than other options. NOTES

The Holy Science by Yukteswar Giri DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: If this book is right, many other things are rendered as jokes. TIme may be cyclical, and many ancient traditions thought so. How things are measured makes a difference, like measuring a human head to toe versus measuring by the length of a digestive tract. NOTES

I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Don’t just focus on saving. Focus on what you want to spend, and carve out your budget for that. Many things you were buying probably aren’t things you deeply care about, and can be avoided. Banks have horrible service. Be vigilant, always. Great bank service is relative to other banks, which are generally terrible and incompetent. They don’t have your interests in mind and you must fight for what you want. NOTES

The Body Keeps The Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD DπŸ€‘ What. I took from it: Feelings, pain, and trauma are stored in the body Just as the body stores them, it can release them too. Often safety is needed before these experiences can be let go, as reconjuring them up can be incredibly wounding and terrifying. Many modalities exist to help with this, and many of them are both simple and free. NOTES

Running On Empty: Overcome Your Childhood Emotional Neglect by Jonice Webb DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: Physical abuse and physical neglect are somewhat obvious. As is emotional abuse. But, emotional neglect, despite being common, is much trickier. It’s about what didn’t happen. Like not getting complimented, or being told you did a good job or being rewarded for your effort. This can create immense self-criticism and feelings of unworthiness. Noticing them is a good first step. NOTES

How To Be A Capitalist Without Any Capital by Nathan Latka DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: The definition of capital from the book is wrong, as capital comes in many types and flavors. A better title would be How To Be A Capitalist Without Any Cash. That’s the crux of the book– using tips, tricks, and hacks to get cash. NOTES I picked up this book because I used to hang out with Nathan in college and saw it at the airport.

Books I read in 2021 πŸ“š

The Psychology Of Money: Timeless lessons on wealth, greed, and happiness by Morgan Housel DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: It’s easy to tell people to stay cool when your house is in order. Much harder to play cool when your house is on fire. Let compounding do its job. Cultivate the skill of being happy with little, otherwise, nothing will ever be enough. NOTES

Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It by Kamal Ravikant DπŸ€‘ What I took from it: You don’t have to believe in self-help for it to work. Simply saying “I love myself” walking down the stairs, in the mirror, shower, or journaling to yourself can and will eventually reprogram your brain. NOTES

Don’t Think: Just Eat Another Peyote by KuauhtliWhat I took from it: The title sums it up. If you’re not familiar, the book is literally a bunch of blank pages and I discovered it thanks to Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia TV show (link goes to Kuauhtli’s episode). This book also serves as inspiration for the gift economy. The suggested donation for the book is $20, which reminds me to ask for what I want while recognizing the needs and abilities of others. Some people can’t afford it, others give what is suggested, and others give much more, flattered by the ask. No notes for this one for obvious reasons.