Post-graduation reading list (undergrad edition)


January 20, 2020

With some nice blocks of free time directly after graduation, I’ve poured my energy into prepping for the next step. Will update this list as I read more.

Books I completed

May 2020

Acemoglu, Daron, and James A. Robinson. Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty. 1st ed. New York: Crown Publishers, 2012.

Benkler, Yochai, Rob Faris, and Hal Roberts. Network Propaganda: Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2018.

Kaye, David. Speech Police: The Global Struggle to Govern the Internet. New York: Columbia Global Reports, 2019.

April 2020

Becker, Howard Saul. Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article. 2. ed. Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1987.

March 2020

Criado Perez, Caroline. Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men. London: Chatto & Windus, 2019.

Newport, Cal. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World. First Edition. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2016.

February 2020

Eubanks, Virginia. Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor. First Edition. New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press, 2017.

Klein, Ezra. Why We’re Polarized. Avid Reader Press, 2020.

Noble, Safiya Umoja. Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism. New York: New York University Press, 2018.

Odell, Jenny. How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy. Brooklyn, NY: Melville House, 2019.

Pressfield, Steven. The War of Art. New York: Black Irish Entertainment LLC, 2002.

Ronson, Jon. So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed. New York: Riverhead Books, A member of Penguin Group (USA), 2015.

Sword, Helen. Stylish Academic Writing. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2012.

Tetlock, Philip E., and Dan Gardner. Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction. First edition. New York: Crown Publishers, 2015.

Tufte, Edward R. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. 2nd ed. Cheshire, Conn: Graphics Press, 2001.

January 2020

Gillespie, Tarleton. Custodians of the Internet: Platforms, Content Moderation, and the Hidden Decisions That Shape Social Media. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018.

Kelsky, Karen. The Professor Is in: The Essential Guide to Turning Your Ph.D. into a Job. First edition. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2015.

Silvia, Paul J. How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing. Second edition. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2019.

Vaidhyanathan, Siva. Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects US and Undermines Democracy. New York, NY, United States of America: Oxford University Press, 2018.

Books in progress

  • Network Science by Albert-László Barabási.
  • Statistical Rethinking by Richard McElreath.

Books for reference

While I am not reading these cover to cover, I am using these as references for my creative projects.

  • The Computer Music Tutorial by Curtis Roads.
  • The theory and technique of electronic music by Miller Puckette.