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What to read

Do not waste time on trendy best-sellers. Life is short, and there are only so many books you can read.

Prefer classics over contemporary authors; they have endured the test of time.

A meta-aggregator of quality rankings like The Greatest Books is really useful.

I passed Nabokov's test for “good readers”.


Prerequisites for good writing, according to Steven Pinker:

  1. Spend an enormous amount of time consuming the good prose of others
  2. Adopt the right mindset, the right pretense
  3. Overcome the “curse of knowledge”
  4. Be coherent


Painters and illustrators I like: