The essays that you should read right now

1. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

By Jordan B. Peterson

A staggering and universal success, this is the book that made something that should be a partisan debate for one side the most-talked-about opus in the world. Also the most controversial on the New York Times bestseller list: In fact, out of every novel or non-fiction book reviewed in that week, over half came with a title that would be considered objectionable by some.

2. Twelve Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

By Jordan B. Peterson

Inspired by the philosopher David Hume, Jordan B. Peterson’s thesis is that the modern Western individual has lost the confidence in the sovereign centre of authority that is worthy of our support. Peterson believes that human nature must also be changed for the better.

3. Win-Win

By Walter Kirn

The Flintstones is the defining power relationship of contemporary popular culture. Two worlds connected by zombies ruled by incredibly powerful males are equally ruthless in their attempts to maintain the status quo.

4. 17 Rules for Life

By Jordan B. Peterson

The marriage of respected behaviouralist Jordan B. Peterson and controversial commentator Gilbert Brenner is a breakthrough in the cultural question: are we really under God? Theology, history, literature, philosophy, etc. are reconfigured as writings and lessons for common understanding.

5. Ram Dass on Life

By Ram Dass

One of the most enduring icons of the postmodern age died in a Florida nursing home in 2017 and left behind his elegant poems, which never fail to move. Though spiritual in nature, the passages of his memoir are befitting of a utopian work of fiction.

6. Small American Boats

By James McBride

The Pulitzer Prize winner of 2017’s It Hurts Me: An American Tragedy has a furious wit about the family man’s reality of the complicated workplace, with a compelling and humanised story. A page-turner that continually surprises.

7. Australia and the Mind

By Charles Murray

The always provocative and contrarian Douglas Irwin professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin at Madison has published an award-winning book that asks: what is it about Aussies that leads to the sweeping success of their most populist politicians? Is this failure really the result of some innate nature, or a series of missteps?

8. What to Read Now

By Stefan Zweig

The cultural historian often cited as the father of modern German literature, Zweig’s fifth novel is a meditation on the loss of innocence in the 20th century. It reflects on the stranger dangers of friendship, espionage and Nazism.

9. Failing Futures

By Stanley Milgram

The tenacious quest to understand how humans understand, and respond to, change. At the heart of the book is a hopeful examination of the Swedish psychologist Stanley Milgram’s first experiment to test a theory that says human beings have the capacity to believe irrational lies.

10. Burning the Bones of the Dead

By James McBride

If you’re in the mood for more than books, then listen to this. Pulitzer Prize winner James McBride, a veteran and preacher who wrote a hilarious memoir of college football, delivers his story of African American pilgrimage and return to bury ancestors.

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