The Best of Farnam Street August 2013

A bit of a new format this month as I’ll add some of the books you loved.

Here’s a look at some of the content you loved.
The Art of Worldly Wisdom
… provides advice not only for modern “image makers” and “spin doctors,” but also for the candid: for those who insist that substance, not image, is what really matters.

34 Insights From Nassim Taleb
#9 It’s a sign of weakness to worry about showing signs of weakness.

Michael Mauboussin, Interview No. 4
While Michael is well known in investment circles for his knowledge of biases and clarity of thinking, a lot of others are missing out on his insight.

Richard Feynman’s Love Letter to His Wife Sixteen Months After Her Death
Please excuse my not mailing this — but I don’t know your new address.

66 Personal Development Habits For Smart People
Perception is a key component of personal growth because we react to what we perceive to be true.

The Art of Ordinary Conversation
Some general guidelines for good conversation.

Here’s a look at what books Farnam Street readers loved in August.
Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

La Rochefoucauld — Collected Maxims and Other Reflections

How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading

It’s Not All About Me: The Top Ten Techniques for Building Quick Rapport with Anyone

The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking

Personal Development for Smart People: The Conscious Pursuit of Personal Growth

The Art of Worldly Wisdom

What do you think?
Do you like these monthly summary posts? Any ideas to improve them? Got any other ideas? Let me know in the comments.

Thank you.


  1. Nick says

    The monthly summaries are tremendous. Both to help me remember what you wrote and books that I want to read or remember to read.

  2. Lance says

    Definitely keep the monthly summaries. I always look at them to see if I missed anything for the month. Like the book summaries too. One suggestion: a quick list at the end of what you are currently reading. Think of it as a preview for your readers as to what might be coming up in future posts.
    Keep up the good work. Your blog is one the VERY few on my daily reading list.

  3. says

    Thanks for this! One suggestion would be to add a “Best of Farnam Street” link in the sidebar widget, to make these easier to find and come back to.


  4. Leon says

    I enjoy the monthly summaries, as well as the weekly e-mail updates. I need daily coaching/inspiration that leads to different paths of thinking and discovery, and your content fulfills that need in a big way. Without it, I risk lapsing into a mode of familiarity – and rigidity. Keep up your great work. You’ve created one of the most useful sites imaginable.

  5. Ktrain says

    Love ‘em.

    I’m reasonably new to Farnam St and I couldn’t enjoy it more. I’m a news junkie and this is a completely different tenor than the ephemeral breaking headlines. Brain food!! Keep up the good work.