Books play an important role on this blog as they form an important frame of reference for discussion on art, economics, and the human adventure in general. When possible, to the limited extent of my knowledge, I try to refer to the many excellent writers who have come up with ideas before me.

Recommended Books:

  • Human Action by Ludwig von Mises
  • The Uses of the Past by Herbert Muller
  • The Art Instinct by Denis Dutton || Reviewed here (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
  • If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho by Anne Carson || Reviewed here
  • The Sound of the Wind by Rebecca Copeland / Chiyo Uno || Reviewed here
  • The Sense of an Ending by Frank Kermode || Discussed here
  • Making Waves by Mario Vargas Llosa || Discussed here
  • The Patron’s Payoff: Conspicuous Commissions in Renaissance Art by Jonathan Nelson and Richard Zeckhauser
  • The Substance of Style by Virginia Postrel
  • Create Your Own Economy by Tyler Cowen

Not Recommended:

  • The Windows of Brimnes: An American in Iceland by Bill Holm || Reviewed here
  • No Logo by Naomi Klein

More to come! In the meantime, please email me at or comment here if you have suggestions for the list.