A compilation of stuff I love around the Internet and beyond.
Books on writing
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield. Simply the best book about writing that I have ever read.
On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft by Stephen King. A memoir of Stephen King’s experience as a writer. Filled with tips and advice on writing.
Good books I’ve read recently
Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue. A book about Jack who lives in an 11-by-11-foot garden shed while his mother is held against her will.
The God of Small Things: A Novel by Arundhati Roy. A haunting and memorable story about the childhood of twins in Kerala, India.
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. The chronicles of an Olympic runner turned World War II airman whose bomber crashes in the South Pacific
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo. A story of life and death in a Mumbai slum.
The Richest Man in Babylon by George Clason. A classic, bestselling guide to financial success.
Love with a Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRoche. The true story of a girl who confronted her fears for love by sailing the ocean with a handsome man she met in a bar.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. A riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine and the woman behind the HeLa cells, Henrietta Lacks.
The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula McLain. The passionate and poignant love story of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife Hadley Richardson.
Great House: A Novel by Nicole Krauss. A tragic novel of personal stories linked by a powerful desk.
Karma and Other Stories by Rishi Reddi. A collection of stories about Indians living in America.
The Odyssey: A Dramatic Retelling of Homer’s Epic by Simon Armitage. Homer’s epic as adapted by BBC radio. An enjoyable read.
This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life by David Foster Wallace. A short but powerful story based on the author’s commencement speech given at Kenyon College.
Good advice and inspiration
Do not do shit just to please your parents. A sermon on life by Danielle LaPorte
I’m going crazy in my job. A salon.com advice piece I’ve read at least five times
The fringe benefits of failure. A commencement speech by J.K. Rowling
You’ve got to find what you love. A commencement speech by Steve Jobs
How to be hopeful. A commencement speech by Barbara Kingsolver
Your elusive creative genius. A TED Talk by Elizabeth Gilbert