Books to Live By

Jeffrey is in good company:

In the early stages of moving I could only take a handful of books so I chose the ones that I knew I would need for my classes, the ones that I referred to often, and the ones that mean the most to me. The books, from left to right:

  • On Writing Well, William Zinsser
  • The Journey of the Mind to God, Bonaventure
  • MLA Handbook
  • Philosophy of Language, William Lycan
  • Autobiography of Red, Anne Carson
  • Fear and Trembling, Soren Kierkegaard
  • Selected Poems, William Wordsworth
  • The Republic, Plato
  • Designing with Web Standards, Jeffrey Zeldman
  • History of the Peloponnesian War, Thucydides
  • The Federalist
  • The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli
  • Four Plays, Aristophanes
  • Bowling Alone, Robert Putnam
  • The Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention Debates
  • Utilitarianism, J. S. Mill
  • The Diamond Age, Neal Stephenson

3 thoughts on “Books to Live By

  1. I started your list and thought, “Well, I’m going to have to do some serious reading to catch up; I haven’t heard of any of these books!!”, but then I moved further down the list, and felt better. Out of those, I’ve read Wordsworth, Plato, Thucydides, Machiavelli, and (of course) Aristophanes.

    Whew! I didn’t want to be left too far behind intellectually. Now I know that I can still keep up a little bit. And, if you start to lose appreciation for your homework, remember this: your poor sister had to read and completely discuss the entirety of Vatican II. Talk about boring.