stevegattuso

I'm a programmer who enjoys learning/talking about cities 🌆, energy ⚡️, cooking 🍃, biking 🚲, traveling 🚞, and creating a more sustainable economy 🏴‍☠️. This website is an always-in-progress repository for documenting my latest ideas and projects.

Books

I love reading, sometimes in physical books and other times on my Kobo eReader when it’s more convenient. In general I try to do the hip thing of shopping at local bookstores and avoiding DRM books but I’m not perfect. Sometimes ordering from Amazon at half the price/delivery time is just too tempting (see more on this topic here).

The books below are all ones I’ve enjoyed and would recommend, loosely ordered by how recently I’ve read them.


If you enjoy Talking To My Daughter About The Economy this book is an excellent follow up. Varoufakis delivers his vision for a more democratic and just economic system via a scifi tale that keeps what may otherwise be a relatively dry subject quite interesting and fun to read.

Those who have read critiques of capitalism in the past may not learn many new details from this book, however the approachable way Yanis articulates economic concepts is incredibly powerful and novel. I think this book is worthwhile and entertaining for anybody to read- no matter their experience with economics.

Why is it that, as we’ve increased the amount of automation in our economy, we’re still working ourselves to death? This book gives some great arguments for why private enterprise doesn’t always offer the perfect efficiency advantages that its proponents claim.

Inspired my post on illegibility in tech.

One of thoses books that I read in high school and hated at the time but thoroughly enjoyed reading as an adult.

Very interesting to hear about the experiences that would serve as the foundation for Orwell’s later novels. Also fascinating to learn about the brief period of a seemingly classless society formed in Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War.

The travelogue of 100 Rabbits sailing from Japan to Vancouver.

I’m a sucker for Andy Weir novels and this one is no exception. I love the way he strikes a balance between fantasy and a believable reality.

This book is beautiful but it is in no way uplifting- reader beware.

If you even have the smallest desire to open a restaurant you should probably read this book first.

A short (100 pgs) and very approachable introduction to the ideas behind Marxism.

Presents a compelling argument for smaller political entities rather than large empires.

An amazing photojournal and travelogue exploring a Japanese comfort food: pizza toast.