The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies
Note: Did not enjoy this as much as their first book. Maybe a little too optimistic. I've been reading about driverless cars for so long now that I am increasingly starting to believe that I will never own one.
Note: Disappointing. A little too anecdotal and shrill, even for this cynic. And it never addresses the question of whether children in despotic regimes should be vaccinated. The author is right about problems with a central planning approach to development, but the solutions are not as obvious and straightforward as he suggests.
Note: Delightful collection of short essays about songs that somehow manage to get inside you and stay there forever. Original takes on everyone from Springsteen to Nelly Furtado; and the takedown of classical music is particularly enjoyable.
Note: Not a lot new here if you follow her blog, which I have done for over a decade. She's a great writer with lots of insights, but many of the arguments are buttressed by personal anecdotes, which are interesting and heartfelt but border on specious.
Note: Clear and concise advice on how to write fiction and why it is so wonderful and miserable.