stevegattuso
This site is an always-in-progress repository for my thoughts and ideas. You'll generally find me writing about sustainability 🍃, urbanism 🏙️, programming 💾, vegan cooking 🍛, and whatever else pops into my mind.
Fictional books

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

Topics: Philosophy.

This book altered my thinking about the way modern society runs, specifically regarding our relationship with nature and resources. I really enjoyed the distinction between those who are Takers and those who are Leavers. The former make up our society as of the agricultural revolution, as we decided that the world and its resources should be ours for the taking. The latter are those who have lived alongside nature, being a member of its ranks rather than an external actor trying to conquer it to its desires.

White Noise by Don DeLillo

When one of my friends recommended this book, he told me “you don’t really read it for any plot; moreso the vibes.” I second his advice: approach this book with a mind open to absurdity and humor. You might like where it takes you.

Another Now by Yanis Varoufakis

Topics: Economics, political fiction

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.

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

Topics: Philosophy, religion

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

The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

Topics: Political science fiction, anarchy

Before reading this book anytime I heard the word “anarchy” I assumed somebody meant chaos, disorder, and violence. This book changed my perspective, providing a vision of what people who claim to be anarchists are actually striving for with their political ambitions.

On The Beach by Nevil Shute

Topics: Nuclear post-apocalypse

Fuck this book to hell and back. I love this book. It is beautiful, terrifying, extremely well written, and deeply unsettling. Would highly recommend if you’re in the correct headspace for the genre.

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.

The friend that recommended this book to me told me it was his all-time favorite, and that I should simply take his word for it and start reading it without doing any research beforehand. I heeded this request and was rewarded handsomely for it; this is now also one of my all-time favorite books. I’d highly recommend following a similar strategy if you trust me 😃.