What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye


Recommended Readings
  • Caesar: Life of a Colossus, A. Goldsworthy, Yale University Press, 2006.
  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!, R. Feynman, W. W. Norton & Company, 1997.
  • Outliers, M. Gladwell, Back Bay Books, 2011.
  • Why Nations Fail, D. Acemoglu, Crown Business, 2013.
  • Blink, M. Gladwell, Back Bay Books, 2007.
  • Human Instinct, R. Winston, Transworld Publishers, 2003.
  • Crystal Fire, M. Riordan, L. Hiddeson, W. W. Norton & Company, 1998.
  • The Chip, T.R. Reid, Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2001.
  • The Power of Habit, C. Duhigg, Random House LLC, 2012.
  • A Briefer History of Time, S. Hawking, Bantam, 2008.

  • Recommended Movies/Documentaries
  • Pirates of Silicon Valley, N. Wyle, 1999.
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey, S. Kubrick (Dir.), 1968.
  • Vision Quest, M. Modine, 1985.
  • GroundHog Day, B. Murray, 1993. (my all time favorite)
  • Gattaca, U. Thurman, E. Hawke, J. Law, 1997.
  • The Thirteenth Floor, C. Bierko, G. Mol, 1999.
  • Antitrust, R. Philippe, 2001.
  • Human Instinct, R. Winston, 2002 .
  • I, Robot, W. Smith, 2004.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender, Animation, 3 season, 2003.
  • Avatar: Legend of Korra, Animation, 4 season, 2012
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes, R. Wyatt (Dir.), 2011.
  • Looper, J. Gordon-Levitt, B. Willis, E. Blunt 2012.
  • Interstellar, C. Nolan (Dir.), 2014.
  • Edge of Tomorrow, E. Blunt, T. Cruise 2014.

  • Recommended Novels
  • Ishmael, D. Quinn, Bantam Books, 1993.
  • Fight Club, C. Palahniuk, W. W. Norton, 2005.
  • Survivor, C. Palahniuk, W. W. Norton, 2010.
  • Talented Mr. Ripley, P. Highsmith, W.W. Norton & Company, 2008.
  • Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger, Little Brown and Company, 1991.
  • The Miracle Strain, M. Cordy, William Morrow & Co, 1997.
  • Leo Africanus, A. Maalouf, New Amsterdam Books, 1998.
  • Ready Player One, E. Cline, Broadway Books, 2012.
  • A Single Man, C. Isherwood, Macmillan, 2013.
  • Lord of the Flies, W. Golding, Penguin, 2016.
  • Red Rising, Pierce Brown, Random House LLC, 2014.

  • Aylak Adam, Yusuf Atılgan, Yapı Kredi Yayınları, 2007.

  • Interesting Links
  • The Political Compass
  • Make me a German
  • Making of Ulfberth Sword

  • Interesting Articles
  • Body Ritual among the Nacirema, Horace Miner
  • The Median Isn't the Message, Stephen Jay Gould
  • 10 Ways to Annoy a College Professor and Lose a Reference, Lorra M. Brown





  • [Last Updated Jul. 27, 2017]