The Life Adrift

Experiments in Nomadism, Minimalism and Ecocentrism



Taleb, the author of The Black Swan, is one of few who accurately predicted the 2008 financial crash. He didn’t make many friends over it, but he was right. In Antifragile, he takes a step back from specific events such as these and talks about what it takes to be resilient to them. This a fantastic book that takes much of what we already know, about life, biology, evolution and more, and repackages it to explain how we need to be a little less disorderly and random in our lives, for our own good… See full review on Goodreads.


Utopia for Realists doesn’t waste most of its pages repeating what any real realist will know are the major problems that face us today. “Whether it’s the growth of the economy, audience shares, publications – slowly but surely, quality is being replaced by quantity.” Rather, it gets into the discussions on solutions without apparent ideological attachment. Rutger Bregman saves us from politically taboo topics and instead just gets down to how his solutions would work and the science or facts about them. His main topic is the Universal Basic Income…. See full review on Goodreads.


Walden At Walden Pond, Henry David Thoreau reflected on simpler living in the natural world. By removing himself from the distractions of materialism, Thoreau hoped to not only improve his spiritual life but also gain a better understanding of society through solitary introspection. In Walden, Thoreau condenses his two-year, two-month, two-day stay into a single year, using the four seasons to symbolize human development—a cycle of life shared by both nature and man. A celebration of personal renewal through self-reliance, independence, and simplicity, composed for all of us living in “quiet desperation,” Walden is eternal.


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