These are in no particular order (and I plan to add more).
Notes From the Underground (Fyodor Doestoevsky)
Later Doestoevsky in unquestionably brilliant. But he also requires a lot of effort. Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov are among the best novels I’ve ever read; but they are long and tough going. Notes from the Underground is a mere 100 or so pages. Try and get a recent translation like the Richard Pevear/Larissa Volokhonsky one.
JPod (Douglas Coupland)
Douglas Coupland is one of my favourite contemporary authors and JPod is his most recent, perhaps funniest, comedic work. Insightful and entertaining.
The Photographer’s Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos (Michael Freeman)
It’s quite hard to find a book about photography that doesn’t waste time on trivialities or focus almost entirely on technical ideas for the DSLR owning obsessive. This book does neither offering an insightful language for thinking about photographic composition that will change the way you view and the way you take photographs.
Generative Design: Visualize, Program, and Create with Processing Hartmut Bohnacker, Benedikt Gross, Julia Laub, Claudius Lazzeroni
An incredible book which is both a showcase of generative (code driven) design/art and an excellent tutorial, where each step is typically illustrated with a set of beautiful examples (rather than the perfunctory ones typically found in such books). Inspiring and informative: the best book on Processing I have read.
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