A Book Club For Reformed Nonfiction Supremacists


We are keen nonfiction readers who recently emerged mewling and pissing our pants into the world of literary fiction. This book club is our support group.

Rich is a finance guy. Cam is a data scientist with an economics background. Benny is a PhD student in stats and machine learning. Our quest: to fuse the typically non-overlapping domains of stemlords and lit bros, and become perhaps the most annoying type of person of all time.

Check out The Case for Reading Fiction for a proper explanation of why we started doing this, and the big takeaways from the first year.

We’ve just started making our discussions public, in the hopes that we might be able to attract a little community of fellow travellers. If you’re reading/listening along and have any insights or feedback, send us mail! We’ll read out the best stuff on air.


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Here’s a list of all the books we’ve read so far, filterable by topic area and literary movement.

Genre


Themes


Hamlet: The original whiny theatre kid
(Listen on Spotify | Apple | YouTube)

Albert Camus’ The Fall: Signalling, scrupulosity, and pathological self-consciousness
(Listen on Spotify | Apple | YouTube)

Philip K. Dick’s paranoid classic Ubik: Fluttering at the windowpane of reality
(Listen on Spotify | Apple | YouTube)

Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis: A Bug’s Life
(Listen on Spotify | Apple | YouTube)

Frankenstein, part 2: Nature vs nurture
(Listen on Spotify | Apple | YouTube)

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, part 1: Post-nut clarity and forbidden knowledge
(Listen on Spotify | Apple | YouTube)

Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot: The One TRUE Interpretation
(Listen on Spotify | Apple | YouTube)

The Razor’s Edge, part 3: Climbing off the wheel of suffering
(Listen on Spotify | Apple | YouTube)

The Razor’s Edge, part 2: Lay your hands on me Larry
(Listen on Spotify | Apple | YouTube)

W. Somerset Maugham’s The Razor’s Edge, part 1: Nobody loafs like Larry
(Listen on Spotify | Apple | YouTube)

Brief Interviews With Hideous Men, part 3: Was David Foster Wallace a hideous man?
(Listen on Spotify | Apple | YouTube)

Brief Interviews With Hideous Men, part 2: If you can fake sincerity you’ve got it made
(Listen on Spotify | Apple | YouTube)

David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews With Hideous Men, part 1: Weaponised therapy-speak
(Listen on Spotify | Apple | YouTube)

To the Lighthouse, part 3: We finally get to the fucking lighthouse
(Listen on Spotify | Apple | YouTube)

To The Lighthouse, part 2: Portrait of the autist as an old man
(Listen on Spotify | Apple | YouTube)

Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse, part 1: Skill issue
(Listen on Spotify | Apple | YouTube)

Borges’ Garden of Forking Paths: a ramble through the multiverse
(Listen on Spotify | Apple | YouTube)

John Williams’ sleeper hit Stoner: Finding perfection in mediocrity
(Listen on Spotify | Apple | YouTube)

The Map and the Territory, part 3: The world is weary of me and I am weary of it
(Listen on Spotify | Apple | YouTube)

The Map and the Territory, part 2: Post-industrial society and its discontents
(Listen on Spotify | Apple | YouTube)

Michel Houellebecq’s The Map and the Territory, part 1: Memeing big fat juicy asses into reality
(Listen on Spotify | Apple | YouTube)