Books and other publications that I find myself coming back to.
White Noise by Don Delillo - This novel set in 1980s America takes a look at the fear of death within us all through the lens of a middle-aged professor of hitler studies. Delightfully existential.
Understanding Computation by Tom Stuart - Takes a look into how programming languages and computers work through the lens of the Ruby language. In one particularly riveting section Stuart takes us through a solution to the classic FizzBuzz problem — not a simple five-liner but through a complete language implementation using Ruby’s
Norway the Slow Way by Reif Larson - A slow-tv trip up the norwegian coast
The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter - A novel that explores catastrphe and the American dream.
The Data Journalism Handbook edited by Jonathan Gray, Liliana Boundgru and Lucy Chambers - “The Data Journalism Handbook is a free, open source reference book for anyone interested in the emerging field of data journalism.”
Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator by Ryan Holiday - Insightful, but I can’t shake the feeling that the whole book is part of his media manipulation scheme. I mean, he warned us in the title…
Information Dashboard Design by Stephen Few - An excellent reference for anyone who’s ever had to build a data dashboard
The Information by James Gleick - A totally mesmerizing book about the history of computing and information theory.