Reading List, by Adam Rifkin

Not as selective as FoRK Recommended Reading or Megan Coughlin's book site (which are in partnership with Amazon), and not as eclectic as Cosma's book site or FoRK Recommended Music, but I am what I am.

Books I'm Currently Reading

  1. Random Walk Down Wall Street: Including a Life-Cycle Guide to Personal Investing, Burton G. Malkiel.
  2. A History of Knowledge: Past, Present, and Future, Charles van Doren.
  3. An Intimate History of Humanity, Theodore Zeldin.
  4. Peoples' History of the United States, Howard Zinn.
  5. The Design of Everyday Things, Donald Norman.
  6. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig. (philosophy)
  7. Technology Fountainheads: The Management Challenge of R & D Consortia, E. Raymond Corey. (R & D consortia: a how-to guide)
  8. The Witch Doctors: Making Sense of the Management Gurus, John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge. (making sense of the management gurus)
  9. Out of Control, Kevin Kelly. (the new biology of machines, social systems, and the economic world)
  10. Focault's Pendulum, Umberto Eco.
  11. Liar's Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage of Wall Street, Michael Lewis.
  12. Bombadiers, Po Bronson.
  13. High-Tech Ventures, Gordon Bell. ISBN 0-201-56321-5.
  14. History of the Jews, Paul Johnson.
  15. Illuminatus! Trilogy, Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea.
  16. Desperation, Stephen King. (fiction)


Ah, the dilemma of the Web. Why hasn't it been around since I was born? That would have made my life so much simpler. Basically, since I only started maintaining this list in 1994, and I do not want to go back and try to remember all the books I have ever read, so I'll just list some of my favorites as recommendations.

Recommendations: Children

  1. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll.
  2. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl.
  3. Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner, A.A. Milne. (children)
  4. Wizard of Oz, Frank Baum.

Recommendations: Design

  1. About Face: the Essentials of UI Design, Alan Cooper.
  2. Accidental Empires: How the Boys of Silicon Valley Make Their Millions, Battle Foreign Competition, and Still Can't Get a Date, Robert X. Cringely.
  3. Applied Cryptography, Bruce Schneier.
  4. Bringing Design to Software, Terry Winograd.
  5. Bugs in Writing, Lyn Dupre.
  6. Design of Everyday Things (aka Psychology of Everyday Things), Donald Norman.
  7. Designing Visual Interfaces: Communication Oriented Techniques, Kevin Mullet and Darrell Sano.
  8. Design Paradigms: Case Histories of Errors and Judgment in Engineering, Henry Petroski.
  9. Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software, Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, and John Vlissides.
  10. Dynamics in Document Design: Creating Texts for Readers, Karen Schriver.
  11. Dynamics of Software Development, Jim McCarthy.
  12. Elements of Friendly Software Design, Paul Heckel.
  13. Envisioning Information, Edward Tufte.
  14. Evolution of Useful Things, Henry Petroski.
  15. Evolution of Useful Things, Henry Petroski.
  16. Godel Escher Bach, Douglas Hofstadter.
  17. Innovator's Dilemma, Clayton Christensen.
  18. Microcosm: The Quantum Revolution in Economics and Technology, George Gilder.
  19. Mythical Man Month, Frederick P. Brooks, Jr.
  20. New Hacker's Dictionary, Eric Raymond.
  21. Obfuscated C and Other Mysteries, Don Libes.
  22. Parallel Program Design: A Foundation, K. Mani Chandy and Jayadev Misra.
  23. Pencil, Henry Petroski.
  24. Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams, Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister.
  25. S, M, L, XL, Rem Koolhaas and Bruce Mau.
  26. Startup: A Silicon Valley Adventure, Jerry Kaplan.
  27. The Pencil, Henry Petroski.
  28. Things That Make Us Smart: Defending Human Attributes in the Age of the Machine, Donald Norman.
  29. To Engineer is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design, Henry Petroski.
  30. Turn Signals are the Facial Expressions of Automobiles, Donald Norman.
  31. User Centered System Design, Donald Norman.
  32. Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Edward Tufte.
  33. Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative, Edward Tufte.
  34. Wired Style: Principles of English Usage in the Digital Age, Constance Hale.

Recommendations: Fun Reads

  1. Bart Simpson's Guide to Life, Matt Groening. (comics)
  2. Big Book of Hell, Matt Groening. (comics)
  3. Bloom County anthologies, Berke Breathed. (comics)
  4. Brain Droppings, George Carlin. (humor)
  5. Downsize This!, Michael Moore. (humor)
  6. Essential Calvin and Hobbes, Bill Watterson. (comics)
  7. Far Side Gallery, Gary Larson. (comics)
  8. Lexicon of Intentionally Ambiguous Recommendations (L.I.A.R.), Robert Thornton. (advice)
  9. Private Parts, Howard Stern. (humor)
  10. The Rants, Dennis Miller. (humor)
  11. The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family, Matt Groening and Ray Richmond.

Recommendations: My "Classics" Fiction List

  1. A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess.
  2. A Fine and Private Place, Peter S. Beagle.
  3. Animal Farm, George Orwell.
  4. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley.
  5. Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky.
  6. Catch 22, Joseph Heller.
  7. Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger.
  8. Clerks and Chasing Amy: Two Screenplays, Kevin Smith.
  9. Damian, Herman Hesse.
  10. Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller.
  11. Desperation, Stephen King.
  12. Dune, Frank Herbert.
  13. Einstein's Dreams, Alan Lightman.
  14. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson.
  15. Finnegan's Wake, James Joyce. (I would have liked it more if I had understood it)
  16. Focault's Pendulum, Umberto Eco.
  17. Generation X, Douglas Coupland.
  18. Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams.
  19. Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck.
  20. Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
  21. Grendel, John Gardner.
  22. Griffin and Sabine, Nick Bantock.
  23. Hamlet, William Shakespeare.
  24. Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad.
  25. if on a winter's night a traveller..., Italo Calvino.
  26. Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino.
  27. Jitterbug Perfume, Tom Robbins.
  28. Macbeth, William Shakespeare.
  29. Man and Superman, George Bernard Shaw.
  30. Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury.
  31. Microserfs, Douglas Coupland.
  32. Nine Stories, J.D. Salinger.
  33. 1984, George Orwell.
  34. Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck.
  35. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
  36. Rosencranz and Guildenstern are Dead, Tom Stoppard.
  37. Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut.
  38. The Green Mile, Stephen King.
  39. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Douglas Adams.
  40. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien.
  41. The Pearl, John Steinbeck.
  42. Time's Arrow, Martin Amis.
  43. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee.
  44. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig.

Recommendations: My "Classics" Nonfiction List

  1. A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking. (science)
  2. A History of Knowledge: Past, Present, and Future, Charles van Doren. (knowledge)
  3. An Intimate History of Humanity, Theodore Zeldin. (knowledge)
  4. All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, Robert Fulghum. (observations on life, before Seinfeld did it)
  5. Chronicles of Dissent, Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian.
  6. Diary of Anne Frank, Anne Frank.
  7. Elements of Moral Philosophy, James Rachels. (morals)
  8. Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, Douglas Hofstadter. (the eternal golden braid)
  9. Joy of Lex and More Joy of Lex, Gyles Brandreth. (word play)
  10. History of the Jews, Paul Johnson.
  11. Lessons of History, Will Durant.
  12. Maus, Art Spiegelman.
  13. Manufacturing Consent: the Video, Noam Chomsky.
  14. Night, Elie Wiesel.
  15. Peoples' History of the United States, Howard Zinn.
  16. Tao of Pooh and Te of Piglet, Benjamin Hoff. (philosophy)
  17. The Book of Virtues, William Bennett. (ethics)
  18. The Dilbert Principle, Scott Adams. (corporate life)
  19. Thirteenth Generation and Generations, Neil Howe and Bill Strauss. (gen x)
  20. With Good Reason, S. Morris Engel. (philosphy)

Books Finished in 1999

  1. Innovator's Dilemma, Clayton Christensen. (technology/business)
  2. The Roaring 2000s, Harry S. Dent Jr. (economics/sociology)
  3. A Brief History of Everything, Ken Wilbur. (philosophy)
  4. The Technological Society, Jacques Ellul. (philosophy)
  5. A Random Walk Down Wall Street, Burton Malkiel.
  6. One Up on Wall Street, Peter Lynch.
  7. Beating the Street, Peter Lynch.
  8. The Warren Buffett Way, Robert Hagstrom.
  9. Buffettology, Mary Buffett and David Clark.
  10. Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits, Philip Fisher.
  11. Intelligent Investor, Benjamin Graham.
  12. Security Analysis, Benjamin Graham.
  13. The Great Crash of 1929, John Kenneth Galbraith.
  14. A Short History of Financial Euphoria, John Kenneth Galbraith.
  15. Rule Breakers, Rule Makers, David and Tom Gardner.
  16. The Gorilla Game, Geoffrey Moore, Paul Johnson, and Tom Kippola.
  17. Built to Last, James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras.
  18. The Visual Investor, John Murphy.
  19. Methods of a Wall Street Master, Victor Sperandeo.
  20. How to Make Money in Stocks, William O'Neil. (investing)
  21. Liar's Poker, Michael Lewis.
  22. Bombadiers, Po Bronson.
  23. Reminisces of a Stock Operator, Edwin Lefevre.
  24. Confessions of an Options Strategist, Alexander Gluskin.
  25. The Wall Street Jungle, Richard Ney.
  26. The Wall Street Gang, Richard Ney.
  27. Making it in the Market, Richard Ney.
  28. Technical Analysis Explained, Martin J. Pring.
  29. Technical Analysis From A to Z, Steven B. Achelis.
  30. Options as a Strategic Investment, Lawrence McMillan.
  31. LEAPs, Harrison Roth.
  32. New Concepts in Technical Trading Systems, J. Welles Wilder Jr.
  33. Japanese Candlestick Charting Techniques, Steve Nison.
  34. Beyond Candlesticks, Steve Nison.
  35. Options for the Stock Investor, James Bittman.
  36. Options -- Essential Concepts and Trading Strategies, the Options Institute.
  37. Sun Tzu's Art of War for Traders and Investors, Dan Lundell.
  38. The Art of War, Sun Tzu.
  39. The Disciplined Trader, Mark Douglas.
  40. Business @ the Speed of Thought, Bill Gates (technology/business)
  41., Kara Swisher. (technology/business)
  42. Direct from Dell, Michael Dell. (technology/business)
  43. Improving Nature, Michael Reiss and Richard Straugh. (biotechnology)
  44. Simple Abundance, Sarah Ban Breathmach. (self-help)
  45. Something More: Excavating Your Authentic Self, Sarah Ban Breathmach. (self-helf)
  46. In the Meantime, Iyanla Vanzant. (self-help)

Books Finished in 1998

  1. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. (and Cliff's Notes)
  2. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business, Neil Postman.
  3. The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family, Matt Groening and Ray Richmond.
  4. Suck : Worst-Case Scenarios in Media, Culture, Advertising, and the Internet, by Joey Anuff (Editor), Ana Marie Cox (Editor), Terry Colon (Illustrator).
  5. Chronicles of Dissent, Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian.
  6. Release 2.0 : A Design for Living in the Digital Age, Esther Dyson.
  7. Presenting XML, Richard Light.
  8. XML: Principles, Tools, and Techniques, editted by Dan Connolly and Rohit Khare.
  9. The Vanishing American Jew, Alan Dershowitz.
  10. Where Wizards Stay Up Late, Katie Hafner and Matthew Lyon.
  11. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams.
  12. Creative Companion: How to Free Your Creative Spirit, Sark.
  13. Inspiration Sandwich: Stories to Inspire Our Creative Freedom, Sark.
  14. Living Juicy: Daily Morsels for Your Creative Soul, Sark.
  15. The Magic Cottage Address Book, Sark.
  16. Sark's Play!Book and Journal: A Place to Dream While Awake, Sark.
  17. Succulent Wild Woman: Dancing With Your Wonder Full Self, Sark.
  18. Oh So Succulent: Daring to Live Your Succulent Wild Life, Sark.
  19. Mile High Club: First Class All the Way With the Rich and Famous, Diana Benson.
  20. Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker, Eric Liu.
  21. Evolution of Useful Things, Henry Petroski.
  22. Principles of CASE Tool Integration, Alan W. Brown, David J. Carney, Edwin J. Morris, Dennis B. Smith, and Paul F. Zarella, Oxford University Press, 1994.
  23. Control Transfer in Operating Systems, Rich Draves, Carnegie Mellon University, 1994.
  24. From Arpanet to Internet: A History of ARPA-Sponsored Computer Networks, Janet Abbate, University of Pennsylvania, 1994.
  25. Truth-Value Gaps in Natural Language, James Hewins Waldo, University of Massachusetts, 1980.
  26. The Ecology of Computation, B.A. Huberman (editor), Elsevier Science Publications, 1988.
  27. Exploring the Internet: A Technical Travelogue, Carl Malamud, Prentice Hall, 1992.
  28. Frontiers of Electronic Commerce, Ravi Kalakota and Andrew B. Whinston, Addison-Wesley, 1996.
  29. Flaubert's Parrot, Julian Sands.
  30. Ranting Again, Dennis Miller.
  31. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho.
  32. The Motley Fool Investment Tax Guide, The Motley Fool.
  33. The Motley Fool Foolish Four Guide, The Motley Fool.
  34. The Unemotional Investor, Robert Sheard.
  35. The Extraordinary Origins of Ordinary Things, Charles Panati.

Books Finished in 1997

  1. Bugs in Writing, Lyn Dupre. (grammar)
  2. The Java Language Specification, James Gosling, Bill Joy, and Guy Steele. (computers)
  3. Buckley: The Right Word, William F. Buckley, Random House, 1996. (grammar)
  4. Networks, Larry Peterson and Bruce Davie, Morgan Kauffman, 1996. (computers)
  5. Atomic Transactions, Nancy Lynch, Michael Merritt, William Weihl, and Alan Fekete, Morgan Kauffman, 1994. (computers)
  6. Concurent Programming in Java: Design Principles and Patterns, Doug Lea, Addison-Wesley, 1996. (computers)
  7. Object Persistence Beyond Object-Oriented Databases, Roger Sessions, Prentice Hall, 1996. (computers)
  8. The Vital Machine, David Channell. (philosophy)
  9. What Will Be, Michael L. Dertouzos.
  10. Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Edward Tufte. (design)
  11. Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative, Edward Tufte. (design)
  12. Envisioning Information, Edward Tufte. (design)
  13. Creating Killer Web Sites: The Art of Third-Generation Site Design, David Siegel, Hayden Books, 1996. (design)
  14. The Elements of Friendly Software Design, second edition, Paul Heckel, Sybex, 1991, 800 227-2346. (design)
  15. City of Bits, William J. Mitchell, MIT Press, 1995. (uniting urban planning with cyberspace)
  16. Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths, Karen Armstrong. (uniting urban planning with religion)
  17. It's a Magical World, Bill Watterson. (humor)
  18. Great, I'm in the Freak Section, Scott Adams. (humor)
  19. Still Pumped From Using the Mouse, Scott Adams. (humor)
  20. Fugitive from the Cubicle Police, Scott Adams. (humor)
  21. Last Chapter and Worse, Gary Larson. (humor)
  22. English as a Second F*cking Language, Sterling Johnson, 1995. (grammar)
  23. Writing Better Lyrics, Pat Pattison. (writing)
  24. Writer's Ultimate Research Guide, Ellen Metter. (writing)
  25. Beginning Writer's Answer Book, Kirk Polking. (writing)
  26. 1997 Writer's Market, Kirsten Holm. (writing)
  27. The Search for the Real Self, James F. Masterson, Free Press, 1988. (pulp psychology)
  28. The One to One Future: Building Relationships One Customer at a Time, Don Peppers and Martha Rogers, Doubleday, 1996. (marketing)
  29. Fundamentals of Telecommunication Networks, Tarek Saadawi, Mostafa Ammar, and Ahmed El Hakeem, John Wiley and Sons, 1994. (telecommunications)
  30. Satellite Communications: Mobile and Fixed Services, edited by Michael Miller, Branka Vucetic, and Les Berry, Kluwer Academic Publishers Group, 1993. (telecommunications)
  31. Third Generation Wireless Networks, edited by D.J. Goodman and S. Nanda, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1992. (telecommunications)
  32. Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences, Edward Tenner.
  33. The Java Virtual Machine Specification, Tim Lindholm and Frank Yellin. (computers)
  34. Client/Server Computing with Java and CORBA, Robert Orfali and Dan Harkey, Wiley, 1997. (computers)
  35. Approximation Algorithms for NP-Hard Problems, edited by Dorit Hochbaum, PWS Publishing Company, 1997. (computers)
  36. The First $20 Million is Always the Hardest, Po Bronson.
  37. Architects of the Web: 1000 Days That Built the Future of Business, Robert H. Reid, John Wiley and Sons, 1997. (the Web as it really wasn't)
  38. The Vanishing American Jew: In Search of Jewish Identity, Alan Dershowitz, Little Brown and Company, 1997. (Judaism as it really is)
  39. Spite House: The Last Secret of the War in Vietnam, Monika Jensen-Stevenson, WW Norton and Co, 1997. (Vietnam as it really was)
  40. Japan: A Reinterpretation, Patrick Smith, Pantheon, 1997. (Japan as it really is)
  41. Finding Your Place in the Postmodern Economy, Andrew Frothingham, Berkley Books, 1997.
  42. A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe, Michael S. Schneider. (science)
  43. Red Herring Guide to the Digital Universe, Red Herring. (computers)
  44. Webonomics: Nine Essential Principles for Growing Your Business on the World Wide Web, Evan Schwartz.
  45. The Tax Racket, Martin L. Gross. (bureaucracy)
  46. Sklansky on Poker, David Sklansky. (poker!)
  47. Internet for Cats, Judy Heim. (comedy n cats)
  48. Microsoft Way, Randall E. Stross.
  49. Confessions of a Genial Abbot, Robert Huttenback, 1968, Caltech T-171-C219-H8. (memories of Caltech in the 1960s)
  50. TCP/IP Clearly Explained, second edition, Pete Loshin, AP Professional, 1997. (computers)
  51. Applied Cryptography, Bruce Schneier. (computers)
  52. Brain Droppings, George Carlin. (humor)
  53. Mallrats, Kevin Smith.
  54. Slacker, Richard Linklater.
  55. Pulp Fiction Screenplay, Quentin Tarantino.
  56. Reservoir Dogs and True Romance: Screenplays, Quentin Tarantino.
  57. Clerks and Chasing Amy: Two Screenplays, Kevin Smith.
  58. Dazed and Confused, Richard Linklater.
  59. Before Sunrise, Richard Linklater.
  60. Rising Phoenixm Kyle Mills.
  61. The Seinfeld Universe, Greg Gattuso. (pop culture)
  62. Java Network Programming, Elliotte Rusty Harold, O'Reilly Java Series, 1997. (computers)
  63. Java Network Programming, Merlin and Conrad Hughes, Michael Shoffner, and Maria Winslow, Manning, 1997. (computers)
  64. TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 3, W. Richard Stevens, Addison Wesley, 1996. (computers)
  65. Computer Science and Engineering Handbook, editor-in-chief Allen B. Tucker Jr., CRC Press, 1997. (computers)
  66. CORBA Fundamentals and Programming, Jon Siegel, Wiley, 1996. (computers)
  67. Essential Distributed Objects Survival Guide, Robert Orfali, Dan Harkey, and Jeri Edwards, Wiley, 1996. (computers)
  68. ABCD... SGML, Liora Alshuler, International Thompson Computer Press, 1995. (computers)
  69. Big Beyond Belief, Leo Costa, Russ Horine, and Tom Platz, Optimum Training Systems, 1994.
  70. Joystick Nation, J.C. Herz.
  71. Unbounding the Future: The Nanotechnology Revolution, Eric Drexler and Chris Peterson with Gayle Pergamit.
  72. SGML and HTML Explained, Martin Bryan.
  73. Maus, Art Spiegelman.
  74. Generations, Neil Howe and Bill Strauss.
  75. Transitions, William Bridges.
  76. Unbounding the Future: The Nanotechnology Revolution, K. Eric Drexler and Chris Peterson with Gayle Pergamit, Quill, 1991.
  77. Aerobics Instructor Manual, American Council on Exercise. (fitness)
  78. Headcrash - Roadkill onm the Info Superhighway, Bruce Bethke. (fiction)
  79. Alice in Quantumland, Robert Gilmore. (science)
  80. Time Machines, Paul Nahin. (science)
  81. All I Really Need to Know in Business I Learned at Microsoft: Insider Strategies to Help You Succeed, Julie Brick.
  82. Illustrated Guide to HTTP Paul S. Hethmon.
  83. Trust in the Balance: Building Successful Organizations on Results, Integrity, and Concern, Robert Bruce Shaw.
  84. Downsize This!, Michael Moore. (humor)
  85. Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, Douglas Hofstadter. (computer science, art, music, and philosophy)

Books Finished in 1996

  1. It's Obvious You Won't Survive by Your Wits Alone, Scott Adams. (comic)
  2. Chicken Soup for the Soul, John Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. (uplifting)
  3. Why Cats Paint, Heather Busch and Burton Silver. (a theory of feline aesthetics)
  4. Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger. (fiction)
  5. Flashbacks - 25 Years of Doonesbury, G.B. Trudeau. (comics)
  6. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. (humor)
  7. Being Digital, Nicholas Negroponte.
  8. Parallel Program Design: A Foundation, Mani Chandy and Jayadev Misra. (distributed computers)
  9. Hooked on Java, Arthur van Hoff, Sami Shaio, and Orca Starbuck. (computers)
  10. America: Who Really Pays the Taxes?, Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele. (current events)
  11. Wasting America's Futue, the Children's Defense Fund. (current events)
  12. Steal this Book, Abbie Hoffman. (survival)
  13. Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, John Gray. (why men are always wrong)
  14. Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman. (urgh)
  15. You'll Never Make Love in This Town Again, Robin, Liza, Linda, and Tiffany. (life on the streets)
  16. It Takes a Village, Hillary Rodham Clinton. (children's crusade)
  17. Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot, Al Franken. (political humor)
  18. Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days, Laura Lemay and Charles Perkins. (computers)
  19. Metapatterns, Tyler Volk. (science)
  20. Writing Solid Code, Steve Maguire. (computers)
  21. Algorithms, Data Structures, and Problem Solving with C++, Mark Allen Weiss, Addison-Wesley. (computers)
  22. Learning GNU Emacs, Debra Cameron and Bill Rosenblatt, O'Reilly and Associates. (computers)
  23. Java in a Nutshell, David Flanagan. (computers)
  24. Instant Java, John A. Pew. (computers)
  25. Java by Example, Jerry R. Jackson and Alan L. McKellan. (computers)
  26. Core Java, Gary Cornell and Cay S. Horstman. (computers)
  27. Distributed Computing Environments, Daniel Cerutti and Donna Pierson, McGraw Hill, 1993. (computers; especially ch 10 on Client Server by Charlie Sauer, and ch 12 on Distributed Transactions, by Scott Dietzen and Alfred Spector)
  28. Transaction Processing Systems, E.V. Krishnamurthy and V.K. Murthy, Prentice Hall, 1991. (locks, timestamps, and certifiers; atomic, consistent, isolated, and durable)
  29. Transaction Processing: Concepts and Techniques, Jim Gray and Andreas Reuter, Morgan Kaufmann, 1993. (computers)
  30. Internet Agents - Spiders, Wanderers, Brokers, and Bots, Fah-Chun Cheong, 1995. (computers)
  31. Bots and other Internet Beasties, Joseph Williams. (computers)
  32. Practical Queueing Analysis, Mike Tanner, McGraw Hill, 1995. (computers)
  33. Introduction to Distributed Algorithms, Gerard Tel. (computers)
  34. Rime of the Ancient Mariner , Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
  35. Motley Fool Investment Guide: How the Fool Beats Wall Street's Wise Men and You Can Too, David and Tom Gardner
  36. A Fine and Private Place, Peter S. Beagle. (fiction)
  37. Rants, Dennis Miller. (political humor)
  38. Baked Potatoes, John Hulme and Michael Wexler. (video guide)
  39. Java Manual of Style, Nathan and Ori Gurewich. (computers)
  40. 850 Words of Basic English, C.G. Ogden, 1930something. (english)
  41. Designing and Writing Online Documentation, William Horton. (computers)
  42. Java Programmer's Library, Sam Lalani and Kris Jamsa. (computers)
  43. CGI Programming on the WWW, Shishir Gundavaran. (computers)
  44. Idiot's Guide to JavaScript.
  45. Distributed Algorithms, Nancy Lynch. (computers)
  46. A Parallel Programming Model with Sequential Semantics, John Thornley. (PhD thesis)
  47. A Multicast User Directory Service for Synchronous Rendezvous, Eve Schooler. (MS thesis)
  48. The Java Programming Language, Ken Arnold and James Gosling. (computers)
  49. Postcards from the Dead, Douglas Coupland. (essays on stuff)
  50. Tcl/Tk Toolkit, John Ousterhout. (computers)
  51. Time's Arrow, Martin Amis.
  52. Sex and the Office, Helen Gurley Brown. (author of Sex and the Single Girl)
  53. Bringing Design to Software, Terry Winograd, Addison Wesley 1996. (computers)
  54. About Face - the Essentials of UI Design, Alan Cooper, IDG Books, 1995. (computers)
  55. Pitfalls of OOD, Bruce Webster, M&T Books, 1995. (computers)
  56. The Death of Money, Joel Kurtzman, Simon and Schuster, 1993. (economy)
  57. City of Bits, William J. Mitchell, MIT Press, 1995. (uniting urban planning with cyberspace)
  58. Designing Visual Interfaces: Communication Oriented Techniques, Kevin Mullet and Darrell Sano, Sunsoft Press, 1995. (computers)
  59. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson.
  60. The X Window System Server, Elias Israel and Erik Fortune, Digital Press, 1992. (computers)
  61. The Java Application Programming Interface, Volume 1 and 2, James Gosling, Frank Yellin, and the Java team. (computers)
  62. Bay Area Bike Rides, Ray Hosler. (recreation)
  63. Accidental Empires: How the Boys of Silicon Valley Make Their Millions, Battle Foreign Competition, and Still Can't Get a Date, Robert X. Cringely.
  64. Startup: A Silicon Valley Adventure, Jerry Kaplan. (inspiration)
  65. Managing Projects with Make, Andrew Oram and Steve Talbott. (computers)
  66. Power Programming with RPC, John Bloomer. (computers)
  67. Unix Network Programming, Richard Stevens. (computers)
  68. Programming Perl, Larry Wall and Randal Schwartz. (computers)
  69. Design Patterns, Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, and John Vlissides.
  70. Practical C Programming, Steve Oualline. (computers)
  71. The Standard C Library, P.J. Plauger. (computers)
  72. C: A Reference Manual, Samuel P. Harbison and Guy L. Steele. (computers)
  73. The C Programming Language, Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie. (computers)
  74. Dr. Dobb's Toolbook of C, the editors of Dr. Dobb's Journal. (computers)
  75. TCP/IP and Related Protocols, 2nd edition, Uyless Black, McGraw Hill, 1995. (computers)
  76. Mechanisms for Reliable Distributed Real-Time Operating Systems, J. Duane Northcutt. (computers)
  77. Operating System Design, Douglas Comer. (computers)
  78. Operating Systems: Structures and Mechanisms, Philippe Janson. (computers)
  79. Programming in C, Stephen Kochan. (computers)
  80. Serendipity: Accidental Discoveries in Science, Royston M. Roberts. (science)
  81. Specification and Implementation of Atomic Data Types, MIT/LCS/TR-314, William Weihl, March 1984. (PhD thesis)
  82. Writings of the Revolution: Selected Readings on Software Engineering, edited by Edward Yourdon, Yourdon Press, 1982. (computers)
  83. Understanding CORBA, Randy Otte, Paul Patrick, and Mark Roy, Prentice Hall, 1996. (computers)
  84. The First 99 Reports, Digital Research Center. (computers)
  85. Technology and Courage, Ivan Sutherland. (inspiration)
  86. The New Turing Omnibus, A.K. Dewdney. (computers)
  87. American Spectator's Enemies List, P.J. O'Rourke. (conservative politics)
  88. A Simple Plan, Scott Smith.
  89. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley.
  90. Brave New World Revisited, Aldous Huxley. (disutopia)
  91. Outcome-Based Education - The State's Assault on Our Children's Values, Peg Luksik and Pamela Hobbs Hoffecker. (conservative politics and disutopia and education)
  92. The Closing of the American Mind, Allan Bloom. (education)
  93. Shampoo Planet, Douglas Coupland. (gen-x)
  94. The Odd Index, Stephen J. Spignesi. (trivia)
  95. Trainspotting: A Screenplay, John Hodge and Irvine Welsh.
  96. Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh. (fiction)
  97. Symposium, Plato. (philosophy)
  98. if on a winter's night a traveller..., Italo Calvino. (poetry)
  99. The Dilbert Principle, Scott Adams. (business)
  100. Successful Scriptwriting, Jurgen Wolff and Kerry Cox. (writing)
  101. Absolut Book, Richard W. Lewis. (design)
  102. Business Guide to Japan, Boye de Mente. (Japan)
  103. Shopping Guide to Japan, Boye de Mente. (Japan)
  104. Etiquette Guide to Japan, Boye de Mente. (Japan)
  105. The HP Way: How Bill Hewlett and I Built Our Company, David Packard. (inspiration)
  106. Microcosm: The Quantum Revolution in Economics and Technology, George Gilder.
  107. Dynamics of Software Development, Jim McCarthy, Microsoft Press, 1995. (design)
  108. City of Angles, Al Martinez. (drive-by portrait of LA)
  109. Dogbert's Top Secret Guide to Management, Scott Adams. (business)
  110. The Green Mile, Stephen King. (all six parts)
  111. Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind, Al Ries and Jack Trout. (marketing)

Books Finished in 1995

  1. Lexicon of Intentionally Ambiguous Recommendations (L.I.A.R.), Robert Thornton. (advice)
  2. Toward Reliable Modular Programs, K. Rustan M. Leino. (computers, and very illuminating :)
  3. Seinlanguage, Jerry Seinfeld. (humor)
  4. Celestine Prophecy, James Redfield. (spiritual fiction)
  5. Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach. (fiction)
  6. All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, Robert Fulghum. (creative fiction)
  7. Freaky Facts, Barbara Seuling. (creative fact)
  8. Applied Economics, Harold Shapiro. (creative fertilizer)
  9. Economics Principles and Policy, William Baumol and Alan Binder.
  10. Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Edward Tufte.
  11. Envisioning Information, Edward Tufte.
  12. How to Complete and Survive a Doctoral Dissertation, David Sternberg. (guess)
  13. The 25 Most Common Mistakes in Negotiating, Rob Rutherford. (art of negotiation)
  14. Einstein's Dreams, Alan Lightman. (creative fiction)
  15. Tao of Pooh, Benjamin Hoff. (philosophy)
  16. Pooh's Little Instruction Book, Ernest Shepard. (inspiration)
  17. Te of Piglet, Benjamin Hoff. (philosophy)
  18. Built to Last - Successful Habits of Visionary Companies, James Collins and Jerry Porras.
  19. Microserfs, Douglas Coupland.
  20. Rosencranz and Guildenstern are Dead , Tom Stoppard. (a play, not a book)
  21. Always Avoid Meetings with Time Wasting Morons, Scott Adams. (comic)
  22. Build a Better Life by Stealing Office Supplies, Scott Adams. (comic)
  23. Dogbert's Clues for the Clueless, Scott Adams. (comic)
  24. Shave the Whales, Scott Adams. (comic)
  25. HTML Sourcebook, Ian S. Graham. (computers)
  26. Distributed Operating Systems, Andrew Tanenbaum.
  27. Unix Desktop Guide to Emacs, Ralph Roberts. (computers)
  28. Calvin and Hobbes 10th Anniversary Book, Bill Watterson. (comic)
  29. Scientific and Engineering C++, John Barton and Lee Nackman. (computers)
  30. Distributed Systems: Concepts and Design (second edition), George Couloris, Jean Dollimore, and Tim Kindberg. (computers)
  31. Bring Me the Head of Willy the Mail Boy, Scott Adams. (comic)
  32. The First Dissident, William Safire. (morality and politics)
  33. The Road Ahead, William Gate. (the near-future)
  34. Designing and Building Parallel Programs, Ian Foster. (computers)
  35. Routing in the Internet, Christian Huitema. (computers)
  36. Programming Java, John December. (computers)
  37. Java!, Tim Ritchey. (computers)
  38. This Sucks, Change It, Mike Judge. (don't ask)
  39. 60 Minute Guide To Java, Ed Tittel. (computers)
  40. Firewalls and Internet Security, William R. Cheswick and Steven M. Bellovin. (computers)
  41. Practical Parallel Programming, H. Stephen Morse. (computers)
  42. Tcl and the Tk Toolkit, John Ousterhout. (computers)
  43. How to Say it Best, Jack Griffin. (public speaking)
  44. My American Journey, Colin Powell. (autobiography)
  45. Miss America, Howard Stern. (autobiography)
  46. World Wide Web Programming with HTML and CGI, Ed Tittel, Mark Gaither, Sebastian Hassinger, and Mike Erwin. IDG Books, ISBN 1-56884-703-3. (computers)
  47. Learning Perl, Randal Schwartz. (computers)
  48. Flatland, Edwin Abbott Abbott. (science/politics)
  49. The Book of Virtues, William Bennett. (ethics)
  50. The Moral Compass, William Bennett. (ethics)
  51. Unix Power Tools, Jerry Peak, Tim O'Reilly, and Mike Loukides. (computers)
  52. Night, Elie Wiesel. (holocaust)

Books Finished in 1994

  1. With Good Reason, S. Morris Engel. (philosphy)
  2. Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquivel. (fiction)
  3. Power Schmoozing, Terri Mandel. (business)
  4. Catch 22, Joseph Heller. (fiction)
  5. Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton. (fiction)
  6. Rising Sun, Michael Crichton. (fiction)
  7. The Firm, John Grisham. (fiction)
  8. Bridges of Madison County, Robert James Waller. (fiction)
  9. Private Parts, Howard Stern. (shock jock)
  10. Generation X, Douglas Coupland. (gen x)
  11. The Stand (The Complete and Uncut Edition), Stephen King.
  12. Generation Ecch!, Jason Cohen and Michael Krugman. (gen x)
  13. Just in Time, Robert Rutherford. (time management)
  14. Turing Omnibus, A.K. Dewdney. (computers)
  15. The Cuckoo's Egg, Clifford Stoll. (computers)
  16. Revolution X, Rob Nelson and Jon Cowan. (gen x)
  17. Unix-Haters Handbook, Simson Garfinkel, Daniel Weise and Steven Straussmann. (computers)
  18. Beavis and Butt-head Ensucklopedia, Mike Judge. (comics)
  19. Thirteenth Generation, Neil Howe and Bill Strauss. (gen x)
  20. The Cosmological Milkshake, Robert Ehrlich. (science)
  21. Hackers, Steven Levy. (computers)
  22. GenX Reader, Douglas Rushkoff. (gen x)

Books in My "To Read" Queue

  1. Underground Education: The Unauthorized and Outrageous Supplement to Everything You Thought You Knew About Art, Sex, Business, Crime, and Science, Richard Zacks
  2. The Island of the Day Before, Umberto Eco.
  3. The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco.
  4. Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandela.
  5. Cry, the Beloved Country, Alan Paton.
  6. The Color Purple, Alice Walker.
  7. Wild Swans, Jung Chang.
  8. On the Road, Jack Kerouac.
  9. All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque.
  10. Down and Out in Paris and London, George Orwell.
  11. 2001 - A Space Odyssey, Arthur C Clarke.
  12. A Room with a View, E.M. Forster.
  13. Lady Chatterly's Lover, D.H. Lawrence.
  14. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath.
  15. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera.
  16. I, Claudius, Robert Graves.
  17. The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins.
  18. The BFG, Roald Dahl.
  19. Tom Robbins, in order: (Duck)
  20. Body and Soul, Anita Roddick. (Emy)
  21. Information Architects, Richard Saul Wurman. (Rohit)
  22. The Last Best Thing, Pat Dillon.
  23. Deeper: My Two-Year Odyssey in Cyberspace, John Seabrook. (computers)
  24. Monster: Living Off The Big Screen, John Gregory Dunne. (screenwriting)
  25. The Moral Animal, Robert Wright.
  26. Money and the Meaning of Life, Jacob Needleman.
  27. Generation on Hold: Coming of Age in the Late Twentieth Century, James E. Cote and Anton L. Allahar.
  28. America: What Went Wrong?, Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele.
  29. Waiting to Exhale, Terry McMillan.
  30. Letters to my Son, Kent Nerburn, New World Library. Filled with positive messages about being a man.
  31. Psychotic Reactions and Carburator Dung, Lester Bangs.
  32. Engines of Creation, Dressler.
  33. Generations, William Strauss and Neil Howe.
  34. Backlash: The undeclared war against women, Faludi, Crown, 1991.
  35. The Evolution of Useful Things, Henry Petroski.
  36. The Pencil, Henry Petroski.
  37. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Sometimes a Great Notion, Ken Kesey.
  38. Princess Bride, William Goldman.
  39. Holographic Universe, Michael Talbot.
  40. Disclosure, Michael Crichton.
  41. Schindler's List, Thomas Keneally.
  42. Six Simple Pieces, Richard Feynman.
  43. Chaos and Cyberculture, Timothy Leary.
  44. A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole.
  45. Maverick Career Strategies: The Way Of The Ronin, Beverly A. Potter, Amacom, 1984, (ISBN: 0-8144-7657-0).
  46. The Liar, Stephen Fry.
  47. Black Holes and Time Warps, Kip Thorne.
  48. Six Degrees of Separation. (play)
  49. Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut.
  50. Parliament of Whores, P.J. O'Rourke.
  51. If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him, Sheldon Kopp.
  52. Immortality, Milan Kundera.
  53. Metamagical Themas: Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern, Douglas Hofstadter.
  54. Three Scientists and Their Gods, Robert Wright. (of the New Republic, covers Fredkin, EO Wilson, and Kenneth Boulding)
  55. A River Runs Through It, Norman Maclean.
  56. The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran.
  57. To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf.
  58. Naked Lunch, William Burroughs.
  59. In Defense of Elitism.
  60. The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure, Juliet Schor.
  61. Personality Types, Don Richard Riso.
  62. Lend Me Your Ears: Great Speeches in History, William Safire.
  63. Autobiography of Malcolm X, Alex Haley.
  64. A Different Mirror: A Multicultural History of America, Ron Takaki.
  65. Remains of the Day, Kashuro Ishiguro.
  66. My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist, Mark Leyner.
  67. Woman Who Married a Bear, John Straley.
  68. The River Why, David James Duncan.
  69. The Brothers K, David James Duncan.
  70. Seymour: An Introduction, J.D. Salinger.
  71. Raise High the Roofbeams, Carpenters, J.D. Salinger.
  72. The Monkey Wrench Gang, Edward Abbey.
  73. Desert Solitaire, Edward Abbey.
  74. The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky.
  75. Angels in America, part 1: Millenneum Approaches and Part 2: Perestroika, Tony Kushner. (plays)
  76. Life After God, Douglas Coupland.
  77. Primary Colors, Anonymous. (a thinly veiled story of the 1992 democratic primaries by a political insider a la Deep Throat)
  78. Infinite Jest: A Novel, David Foster Wallace.
  79. Gravity's Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon.
  80. Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov.
  81. Zen without Zen Masters, Camden Benares.
  82. The Philosopher's Stone, Colin Wilson.
  83. Magick in Theory and Practice, Aleister Crowley.
  84. Principia Discordia.
  85. Temporary Autonomous Zone, Hakim Bey
  86. London Fields, Martin Amis.
  87. Portnoy's Complaint, Philip Roth.
  88. The Roaches have no King, Daniel Evan Weiss.
  89. Information Anxiety, Richard Saul Wurman, ISBN 0--330--31097--6.
  90. Creative Excuses for Every Occasion, Andrew Frothingham and Tripp Evans, St. Martin's Griffin.
  91. Breaking the Surface, Greg Louganis.
  92. Writing Fiction, R.V. Cassill.
  93. The Surreal Gourmet Entertains, Bob Blumer.
  94. The Moor's Last Sigh, Salman Rushdie.
  95. Moo, Jane Smiley.

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