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Ben Casnocha

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

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Learning to Scuba Dive

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 22:00:48 PST

A couple months ago, a friend and I were wading out in the Mediterranean Sea, looking to body surf some of the light waves that were crashing down on the beach. I’m a strong swimmer, I body surfed a bunch in … Continue reading

Book Notes: Shantaram

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 23:05:04 PST

I finally read Shantaram. A lot of people list Shantaram as one of their all-time favorite novels. Tyler Cowen put it well when he called it one of the best bad books he’s read. It’s engrossing, often insightful, often beautiful … Continue reading

The Quarterlife User Manual

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 10:22:30 PST

My friend Rob Montz created a 10 minute mini-documentary called The Quarterlife User Manual. Contains fantastic advice on careers and life delivered in an engaging format. It’s very much consistent with The Startup of You. Cal Newport, Jon Haidt, and … Continue reading

My Struggle: Book 2 by Karl Knausgaard

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 23:28:28 PDT

I completed the next 800 pages of the Karl Knausgaard My Struggle odyssey. Book 2 — “A Man in Love” — is said to be the best of the six volumes. I ate it up. So intimate. So raw. So … Continue reading

Small Example of Cultivating Awe

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 23:14:02 PDT

It’s almost playoffs time in Major League Baseball and so in the theme of awe and how to cultivate it, a frequent topic on this blog… In the National League, pitchers must hit when it’s their turn in the lineup. Next time … Continue reading

Village Global

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 21:03:59 PDT

Personal update: I helped launch a new venture capital firm this week called Village Global. You can check out the Village site, or read our announcement post. Exciting adventures ahead!

Bob Wright’s Why Buddhism is True

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:34:48 PDT

One of the delights of the past couple years has been becoming friends with Robert (Bob) Wright. For a long time and from afar, I’ve been stimulated by his writing and thinking. When I discovered that his next effort involved Buddhism, meditation, and … Continue reading

Emergent Order

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 16:43:01 PDT

Years of listening to the podcast EconTalk has imparted in me at least one big idea: the market is a pretty amazing mechanism for coordinating human activity. Those of us lucky enough to grow up in a market economy rarely stop … Continue reading

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