My personal canon

– Who am I?

The many, many things I have encountered and have made a big impact on who I am. Things I come back to again and again and again.

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  1. Buster Benson, Live Like a Hydra
  2. The Tim Ferris Show, Maria Popova on Writing, Workflow, and Workarounds
  3.’s Principles
  4. Robin Sloan, Stock and Flow
  5. Of Digital Streams, Campfires and Gardens
  6. The Marginalian(formerly Brain Pickings)
  7. Winnie Lim
  8. swyx, Learn in Public
  9. The Great Discontent, Elle Luna1
  10. Elle Luna, The Crossroads of Should and Must


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  1. Hardcore Zen, Brad Warner
  2. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
  3. Dune, Frank Herbert
  4. The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron
  5. Steal Like An Artist, Austin Kleon
  6. Journal to the Self, Kathleen Adams
  7. Everything Is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer
  8. Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg
  9. The Complete Essays, Michel de Montaigne
  10. The work of Anais Nïn, namely the journals she published. 2


  1. It was a combination of Elle Luna’s interview with The Great Discontent, Austin Kleon’s book “Steal Like an Artist”, and Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way” that revived my art practice. There was a four year gap between dropping out of art school and discovering Elle Luna’s interview where I could not make art - art school had completely destroyed my love for it.

  2. It was Anais Nïn’s diaries that inspired me to fully dedicate myself to the practice back in 2004, when I began to fill out one Moleskine after another.