Top 10: Books Read in 2021
Michael Easter, author of the Comfort Crisis, talking about his book on the Joe Rogan Experience (Available on Spotify)
  1. The Stranger

“I may not have been sure about what really did interest me, but I was absolutely sure about what didn’t.”

  1. A Promised Land

“‘I guess the question for you, Mr. President, is, do you feel lucky?’ I looked at him and smiled. ‘Where are we Phil?’ Phil hesitated, wondering if it was a trick question. ‘The Oval Office?’ ‘And what is my name?’ ‘Barack Obama.’ I smiled. ‘Barack Hussein Obama. And I’m here with you in the Oval Office. Brother, I always feel lucky.’”

  1. Range

“We learn who we are in practice, not in theory.”

  1. Ballad of the Whiskey Robber

“Hungary’s tourism minister proposed as his office’s new marketing campaign: ‘The Russians came. The Mongols came. The Turks came. They took everything. Come to Hungary and see what’s left.’”

  1. Why the Germans Do it Better

“Asked about her legacy, [Angela Merkel] merely says: ‘I don’t think about my role in history. I do my job.’”

  1. Zealot

“There is no evidence that Jesus himself openly advocated violent actions. But he was certainly no pacifist. ‘Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I have not come to bring peace, but the sword’ (Matthew 10:34 | Luke 12:51).”

  1. The Comfort Crisis

“Who needs to chat up a $100/hour therapist when there are long, quiet, empty trails waiting to be walked?”

  1. Sex at Dawn

“Fear is certainly natural, and like any other kind of insecurity, jealousy is an expression of fear.”

  1. Making Sense

“Believe in truth. To abandon facts is to abandon freedom. If nothing is true, then no one can criticize power, because there is no basis upon which to do so. If nothing is true, then all is spectacle. The biggest wallet pays for the most blinding lights.”

  1. Kill your Friends

“Here’s the important thing to say about meetings – nothing important ever got decided in a meeting. The place to get your own way is over lunch, in someone’s office, in the corridor, over drinks, dinner, anywhere but in a fucking meeting. What meetings are very good for, however, is stitching people up – undermining, belittling and humiliating them.”

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