Kevin Kelly
Book Recommendations

  • The Adventures of Johnny Bunko

    The Adventures of Johnny Bunko

    The Adventures of Johnny Bunko

    Daniel H. Pink
    3.76 (2,625)

    . there’s never been a career guide like the adventures of johnny bunko by daniel h. pink (author of to sell is human: the surprising truth about motivating others). told in manga—the japanese comic book format that’s an international sensation—it’s the fully illustrated story of a young everyman just out of college who lands his first job.johnny bunko is new to the boggs corp., and he stumbles through his early months as a working stiff until a crisis prompts him to rethink his approach. step by step he builds a

    Kevin Kelly

    I've given that away to young people because it's, for me, the best summary of ... Again, it's not how to become successful; it's how to become indispensable, too.

    Aug 29, 2014 — Source

  • So Good They Can't Ignore You

    So Good They Can't Ignore You

    So Good They Can't Ignore You

    Cal Newport
    4.07 (35,293)

    In this eye-opening account, cal newport debunks the long-held belief that "follow your passion" is good advice. not only is the cliché flawed-preexisting passions are rare and have little to do with how most people end up loving their work-but it can also be dangerous, leading to anxiety and chronic job hopping.after making his case against passion, newport sets out on a quest to discover the reality of how people end up loving what they do. spending time with organic farmers, venture capitalists, screenwriters, freelance computer programmers, and others who

    Kevin Kelly

    Is a book that I'm recommending. This changed my mind because I bought into the New Age California dogma of follow your bliss, one will follow

    Aug 29, 2014 — Source

  • Future Shock

    Future Shock

    Future Shock

    Alvin Toffler
    Social Science
    3.81 (4,551)

    Kevin Kelly

    Is still worth reading. ...his idea that most of this economy would be prosumers. That was his idea in like the ‘70s or ‘80s, so he was way ahead.

    Jun 5, 2016 — Source

  • Shantaram

    Shantaram

    Shantaram

    Gregory David Roberts
    Fiction
    4.23 (191,990)

    "it took me a long time and most of the world to learn what i know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while i was chained to a wall and being tortured."so begins this epic, mesmerizing first novel set in the underworld of contemporary bombay. shantaram is narrated by lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum security prison in australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear.accompanied by

    Kevin Kelly

    I actually recommend that if people are going to try this, you actually to get the Audible version and listen to. It runs on and on, but it'd be one of those books that you wish will never end.

    Aug 29, 2014 — Source

  • What the Dormouse Said

    What the Dormouse Said

    What the Dormouse Said

    John Markoff
    History
    3.82 (1,050)

    Most histories of the personal computer industry focus on technology or business. john markoff's landmark book is about the culture and consciousness behind the first pcs--the culture being counter- and the consciousness expanded, sometimes chemically. it's a brilliant evocation of stanford, california, in the 1960s and '70s, where a group of visionaries set out to turn computers into a means for freeing minds and information. in these pages one encounters ken kesey and the phone hacker cap'n crunch, est and lsd, and the homebrew computer lab. is a poignant, funny,

    Kevin Kelly

    I would also recommend John Markoffs book with this really trippy title, Which is about the hippy origins of the personal computer industry.

    Jun 5, 2016 — Source

  • The Essential Rumi - New Expanded Edition 2020

    The Essential Rumi - New Expanded Edition 2020

    The Essential Rumi - New Expanded Edition 2020

    A.J. Arberry,Coleman Barks,Jalal Al-Din Rumi,John Moyne,Reynold Alleyne Nicholson
    4 (2)

    Kevin Kelly

    There is nothing that I enjoy more than at night reading

    Jun 5, 2016 — Source

  • It's All Too Much

    It's All Too Much

    It's All Too Much

    Peter Walsh
    Self-Help
    3.77 (6,919)

    When you think of what it will take to clean your house, are you so overwhelmed you throw up your hands and cry "it's all too much"? do you dream of having a closet where your clothes aren't crammed in so tightly that you can actually get to them? is your basement filled with boxes of precious family mementos you haven't opened in ten years but are too afraid to toss? are your kitchen counters overrun with appliances you've never used? do your kids play in the living room because

    Kevin Kelly

    I thought it was so valuable, that [I included it]in this really huge book I did called Cool Tools. I list it as the very first tool, which was how to deal with all this stuff [clutter], how not to have a bunch of stuff.

    Jun 5, 2016 — Source

  • Regional Advantage

    Regional Advantage

    Regional Advantage

    AnnaLee Saxenian
    4.35 (17)

    Why is it that business in california's silicon valley flourished while along route 128 in massachusetts declined in the 90s? the answer, saxenian suggests, has to do with the fact that despite similar histories and technologies, silicon valley developed a decentralized but cooperative industrial system while route 128 came to be dominated by independent, self-sufficient corporations. the result of more than one hundred interviews, this compelling analysis highlights the importance of local sources of competitive advantage in a volatile world economy.

    Kevin Kelly

    Really good book

    Jun 5, 2016 — Source

  • Peopleware

    Peopleware

    Peopleware

    Timothy Lister,Tom DeMarco
    4.11 (9,397)

    Two of the computer industry's most popular authors and lecturers return with a new edition of the software management book that started a revolution.with humor and wisdom drawn from years of management and consulting experience, demarco and lister demonstrate that the major issues of software development are human, not technical -- and that managers ignore them at their peril.now, with a new preface and eight new chapters -- expanding the original edition by one third -- the authors enlarge upon their previous ideas and add fresh insights, examples, and potent

    Kevin Kelly

    A hugely underappreciated book. I remember all kinds of things from it.

    Jul 28, 2020 — Source