Summarize the Canon

Every discipline has a book that everybody references, but nobody reads:

Physics: The Feynman Lectures Philosophy: Godel, Escher, Bach Sociology: Das Kapital English: Infinite Jest Media: Understanding Media Investing: The Intelligent Investor Economics: The Wealth of Nations

The purists in the house will hate on summaries. They’ll say you should only read first-hand sources, as if the knowledge you pick up in summaries doesn’t count. Though there’s wisdom in that perspective, they forget that summaries are an on-boarding ramp to reading the actual book, just music festival recordings. Eli Dourado’s summary of The Use of Knowledge in Society inspired me to read Hayek and I only read Seeing Like a State after Venkatesh Rao summarized it.

by @david_perell

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