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Ben Casnocha

A blog about entrepreneurship, books, current affairs, and intellectual life.

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Samatha Meditation Practice

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 10:34:47 PDT

During both my 10 day silent meditation retreats, there were moments where I felt a deep calm, my mind got very bright, and I possessed an ability to control my attention in a way that seemed totally profound. I don’t think … Continue reading

Time Simply Slipped Away Without Any Meaning

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 11:31:41 PDT

In the Elena Ferrante series, the narrator visits her best friend after they had become somewhat estranged. She reflects: “I understood that I had arrived there full of pride and realized that—in good faith, certainly, with affection—I had made that … Continue reading

Book Notes: The Undoing Project

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 00:09:46 PDT

Michael Lewis is one of the highest paid writers in the world, and virtually every piece of writing I read of his is a reminder as to why. His latest book, The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds, … Continue reading

Stop Asking Busy People to “Catch Up” With You

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:09:20 PDT

“Don’t be transactional. Build genuine relationships. Play the long game. Don’t keep score. Give first.” All good advice when building your professional network. The Start-up of You is full of these sorts of lines. But good advice taken to the extreme … Continue reading

Book Notes: My Struggle by Karl Knausgaard

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 13:28:18 PDT

“It’s not everyday you get sent a masterpiece to review.” So began one glowing review of My Struggle by Karl Knausgaard. I just finished Book One and enjoyed it very much. For this book to work for you as a reader, you … Continue reading

Leap When You’re Almost Ready

Wed, 31 May 2017 23:57:58 PDT

“Jump out of the plane on my count, at 5. Ready?” the sky diver instructor says to you, a nervous first-time customer, crouched in a tiny Cessna plane flying 10,000 feet above the air. You are pulsing with adrenaline. Wide eye … Continue reading

“The Stale Tenement Air of Married Life”

Fri, 19 May 2017 09:30:05 PDT

Great opening paragraphs in this review of Joshua Ferris’s story collection: It is late on a spring afternoon in Brooklyn. Sarah sits on her balcony, sipping a glass of wine, gazing down at the neighbors laughing on their brownstone stoops. … Continue reading

Book Review: The Intel Trinity

Sat, 13 May 2017 08:46:05 PDT

Steve Jobs, in a 1994 interview, said that once you discover that everything around you that we call “life” — rules, expectations, institutions, buildings, companies, theories, and so on — were made by people no smarter than you, everything changes. Because when you … Continue reading

John Stuart Mill’s Life, In a Sentence

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:00:55 PDT

“Mill’s [life story] is of a man out in the pure sun of reason and rational inquiry, lit at night by the romantic moonlight of a little bit of love and just enough madness.” That’s from Adam Gopnik’s wonderful account … Continue reading

Book Short: The Complacent Class by Tyler Cowen

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:25:49 PDT

Tyler Cowen’s latest book — The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream — follows up The Great Stagnation and Average is Over as the third in a trilogy about what’s gone wrong in America that has caused, … Continue reading