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blackbootz  ·  225 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: veen’s reviews #1: Conspiracy by Ryan Holiday

I feel like you’ve been doing the things I’ve been intending but not doing. Reading books from my next-up list, first Deep Work, now Conspiracy, etc. reading them in a single sitting and then writing us a proper book report. #goals

I’m curious why Holliday wrote this book. Based on his reading newsletters, I would think he’d be writing a stoic quote book or a biography of Marcus Aurelius.

What is Holliday’s note keeping system?




veen  ·  225 days ago  ·  link  ·  

To be honest, I had been thinking about doing something like this for quite a long time. But until now, I didn't feel like I had enough meat to write something interesting. Sebastian Junger once said that a writer's block in nonfiction isn't about not finding the right words, it's about not having the right ammunition to have some confidence in your writing. Having semidecent notes was the activation energy I needed to actually sit down and write something up.

I discussed the note system in here:

My current system is that I throw any notes into Google Keep with one of five labels: (Life) Advice, Book Notes, Interesting Thoughts, Recommendations, and Tracking (for specific info I want to track, like energy meter readings). Once a week I haul them over to a bigger file, grouping my book notes by book. I'm also thinking of adding a Diary label.

    I’m curious why Holliday wrote this book. Based on his reading newsletters, I would think he’d be writing a stoic quote book or a biography of Marcus Aurelius.

I'm pretty sure he's also doing that. Part of why he wrote this book is because Thiel actually approached him for it. Part was because he realized early on that he had something uniquely intriguing thrown into his lap.

kleinbl00  ·  224 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Ryan Holiday wrote Trust Me I'm Lying because he felt he had a real insight into the shitpile that had become the modern internet/traditional press PR cycle. Having done so, however, he had no clients and no money. Enter Tim Ferriss, who taught Ryan Holiday that there's money to be made in teaching young men to suck their own cocks.

So Ryan Holiday has made a little money with the whole daily stoic bullshit but chances are good he realized he didn't want to just be another weenie self-help guru. Back to his old stomping grounds.

I had pretty much made up my mind not to read this book because I've watched Holiday turn from "interesting" to "tedious" to "insufferable" over the space of three books. I might give him another shot, though. At least he's not writing about fucking McStoicism.