Currently reading

The Art of Fiction: A Guide for Writers and Readers
Ayn Rand, Tore Boeckmann, Leonard Peikoff
The Name of the Rose
Umberto Eco
Ghostwritten
David Mitchell
To the Lighthouse
Virginia Woolf
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Edward Gibbon, Daniel J. Boorstin, Gian Battista Piranesi, Hans-Friedrich Mueller
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Douglas R. Hofstadter
Perfect Wrong Note - Learning to Trust Your Musical Self
William Westney
The Prince
Niccolò Machiavelli
The Varieties of Religious Experience
William James
Twenty Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy
G. Lee Bowie, Robert C. Solomon

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-brainers Will Rule the Future

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future - Daniel H. Pink Someone let me borrow this book and I accidentally read it. A Whole New Mind is mostly a mish-mash of a lot of good ideas from a lot of smart people glossed over so superficially as to miss the point of almost all of them. The value of this book is that maybe some of the concepts could spark interest that would lead to a more in depth study.The main idea of the book is that in this new "conceptual age" (which is what comes after the "information age") you'll need to be creative to survive. Period.To do that, you need, according to Dan Pink: Design, story, symphony (something like being able to mix ideas and create metaphors), empathy, play and meaning.The book has a few case studies (including GM... fail), a few anecdotal stories from the author's life, more than a few names dropped, lots of book recommendations, a bit of brain science and a bit of economics. In other words, it follows the formula for selling pseudo-science/pop-business books to the T, and apparently it's working. I don't think Pink is insincere or ignorant, he's a smart guy who has put together a decent book, it's just more of a compilation of tips for the age than a book about an original idea.