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Jophin’s bookshelf: read

The Dispossessed
Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered
You Took the Last Bus Home
Breaking Things at Work: The Luddites Are Right About Why You Hate Your Job
Debt: The First 5,000 Years
The Book of Form and Emptiness
State and Civil Society: Explorations in Political Theory
Milk and Honey
A Passion for Ignorance: What We Choose Not to Know and Why
The Selected Works of Audre Lorde
Adulthood Rites
Publics, Politics and Power: Remaking the Public in Public Services
Counterproductive: Time Management in the Knowledge Economy
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
Lost in Work: Escaping Capitalism
The Other Wind
The Way to Love
Tales from Earthsea

Jophin Mathai’s favorite books ยป


  • The Selected Works of Audre Lorde by Audre Lorde
  • The Necessity of Art by Ernst Fischer
  • The Universal History of Legal Thought by Roberto Mangabeira Unger
  • A Marxist Education by Wayne Au
  • Red Rosa by Kate Evans`
  • Education in a Time Between Worlds: Essays on the Future of Schools, Technology and Society by Zachary Stein
  • Automation and the Future of Work by Aaron Benanav
  • Dawn by Octavia Butler
  • Keywords by John Patrick Leary
  • Education and Capitalism by Sarah Knopp


  • The Unknowers: How Strategic Ignorance Rules the World by Linsey McGoey
  • Education in a Time Between Worlds: Essays on the Future of Schools, Technology and Society by Zachary Stein
  • Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  • Lost Connections by Johann Hari
  • A World Without Work by Daniel Susskind
  • Prefigurative Politics by Paul Raekstad and Sofa Saio Gradin
  • Democracy and Capitalism by Sarah Knopp
  • Risk Society by Ulrich Beck
  • Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto by Cinzia Arruzza, Tithi Bhattacharya, Nancy Fraser
  • SCUM Manifesto by Valerie Solanas
  • A Year with Rilke by Anita Barrows
  • We Make the Road by Walking: Conversations on Education and Social Change by Myles Horton and Paulo Freire


  • The Overstory  by Richard Powers
  • A Year with Rilke by Anita Barrows
  • Happiness by Mathieu Ricard
  • This View of Life by David Sloan Wilson
  • The Corrosion of Character by Richard Sennett
  • The Divide by Jason Hickel
  • Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber
  • In the Absence of the Sacred by Jerry Mander
  • The Lessons of History by Will Durant
  • Annihilation of Caste by B.R. Ambedkar
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  • Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter
  • Winners Take All by Anand Giridharadas
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus
  • Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  • We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Adichie
  • Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse


  • What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • Talking to Humans by Giff Constable
  • Everybody Loves a Good Drought by P. Sainath
  • Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
  • The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz
  • Tools of Titans by Tim Ferris
  • Stumbling on Happiness by Dan Gilbert
  • Get Smart by Brian Tracy
  • The Lifetime Learner’s Guide to Reading and Learning by Gary Hoover
  • Zero to One by Peter Theil and Blake Masters
  • The Bed of Procrustes by N.N. Taleb
  • Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
  • Skin in the Game by N.N. Taleb
  • Who Gets What And Why by Alvin Roth
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu
  • Influence by Robert Cialdini
  • Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari