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Aug 3, 2016
Many of us insist the main impediment to a full, successful life is the outside world. In fact, the most common enemy lies within: our ego. Early in our careers, it impedes learning and the cultivation of talent. With success, it can blind us to our faults and sow future problems. In failure, it magnifies each blow and makes recovery more difficult. At every stage, ego holds us back.
 
In this episode of On Books, I'll read the introduction to Ego is the Enemy, as well as share my top 3 takeaways from the book. 
Jul 26, 2016

Facts change all the time. Smoking has gone from doctor recommended to deadly. We used to think the Earth was the center of the universe and that the brontosaurus was a real dinosaur. In short, what we know about the world is constantly changing.
 
Samuel Arbesman is on the show today to help us understand how this evolution of facts unfolds in a fascinating way that can have a powerful impact on our lives. In this interview Sam and Chris discuss The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date, as well as his latest book Overcomplicated: Technology at the Limits of Comprehension.   

Jul 19, 2016

In Zero Waste Home, Bea Johnson shares the story of how she simplified her life by reducing her waste. The book is a how-to guide for reducing as much waste as possible from your life. In this episode of On Books, I interview Bea and discuss about how to reduce waste. 

Jul 12, 2016
In Zero Waste Home, Bea Johnson shares the story of how she simplified her life by reducing her waste. The book is a how-to guide for reducing as much waste as possible from your life. In this episode of On Books I share my favorite tips from Bea's book for reducing waste, as well as a reading from the chapter "The 5 Rs: Refuse" - which is the fundamental tenants of the Zero Waste movement. 
 
Next week, Bea will be on the show. So if you have any questions you'd like to ask Bea send them to me at chris@on-books.com and I'll make sure either she, or myself gets to them next week. 
 
Jun 28, 2016

Haruki Murakami’s books are a blend of modern culture, and fantasy. Arguably, Murakami is Japan’s most famous author, his writing resonates on a frequency that is distinctly “Murakami.”

Over the past 30 years, Murakami has written 13 novels including: Norwegian Wood (1987), Sputnik Sweetheart (1999), Kafka on the Shore (2002), 1Q84 (2009), and his most recent Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki (2013). In this episode I have a special guest!

Lee Matos ("Murakami superfan", and philosopher of life) is here to discuss the meta-question: What does it mean to follow an author’s canon of work? We examine that question through the work of Haruki Murakami.

In this episode you’ll takeaway: - Which Murakami book is the best? - A review of Murakami’s latest book: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki - Our discussion on reading non-fiction books vs. fiction books - The benefits of deep-reading - When should you read an author’s complete body of work? Read more at: www.on-books.com, and email me with your thoughts: chris@on-books.com

Jun 22, 2016

Peter Singer is a well known Australian philosopher and author. In 2005 Time magazine named Singer one of the top 100 most influential people of the year. His latest two books The Life You Can Save (2009), and The Most Good You Can Do (2015) explore how you can be a vehicle for change in the world - right now, and without giving up much. Both of which we’ve covered in previous episodes of On Books!

In this episode we discuss:

* What does it mean to do “the most good"?
* Are startups improving the world?
* Why did you write The Life You Can Save?
* What was it like being one of the first people to petition for animal rights back in the 1970s?

My hope is that these three episodes of On Books will inspire you to unleash more good in the world - not only for others, but as you’ll see, for your own happiness and well being.

After spending time with Singer, he has opened my eyes to the idea that giving just a little money ($5.00) to the right causes (thelifeyoucansave.org) can be enough to save a human life. Now that I know what’s possible - it feels like I’ve had superpowers all along and just didn’t know it.

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Jun 16, 2016

In this episode of On Books, I discuss The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future, by Kevin Kelly. 

The Inevitable is driven by the idea that the technological trends of the next 30 years can be predicted. Over 336 pages the book breaks down the Top 12 technological forces at work such as: "Becoming, Cognifying, Flowing, Screening, Accessing, Sharing, Filtering, Remixing, Interacting, Tracking, Questioning, and Beginning."

The names themselves don't really tell you much about these trends, and so I'll break down in this shorter 25 minute episode of On Books the first three trends: Becoming, Cognifying and Flowing so that by the end of the podcast you'll have a pretty good sense of how to use these in your everyday work. And you'll have enough of the kernel of the concept of what "inevitable" means so that you can decide if this book is right for you!

Who better to speak on this subject than Kevin Kelly (co-founder of Wired Magazine, co-founder of The Quantified Self Movement, his accolades go on and on and on). Kelly's early writing in Out of Control (1994), and New Rules for the New Economy (1998) were highly influential in the shaping the past 20 years of the web, and his predictions here will no doubt be influential in shaping the next 20+ years.

I hope you enjoy this episode! If you'd like to learn more about the book and Kevin Kelly please check out the previous episode of On Books (Episode #39) to hear my conversation with Kevin Kelly on 60s counterculture, How to Read Better and of course The Inevitable.

Jun 13, 2016
This week I was lucky enough to interview one of my favorite people of all time: Kevin Kelly.
 
Tim Ferriss refers to Kevin as the real-life “Most Interesting Man In The World." 
 
He is one of the co-founders of Wired Magazine, co-founder of the Quantified Self Movement, and serves on the board of The Long Now foundation. He's a prescient writer, inspiring photographer, and prolific traveler. 
 
In this episode we talk about: 
* The Counterculture movement of the 60s
* Traveling as an act of rebellion
* Kevin’s latest book The Inevitable in which he writes that, "Much of what will happen in the next thirty years is inevitable, driven by technological trends that are already in motion.” He'll share some of those predictions with us. 
* Lessons on how to read better
* And... a book that Kevin wishes everyone in the world read at least one time. 
 

 

Jun 6, 2016

In this episode of On Books, we discuss The Life You Can Save, by Peter Singer. 


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May 29, 2016

In this episode of On Books, we discuss The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism Is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically, by Peter Singer. 


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May 23, 2016

In this episode I talk with Zander Rose (Director of the Long Now Foundation) on long-term thinking, and building something that lasts longer than ourselves. This is the fourth episode in the series, but feel free to listen to them in any order you like. Books notes available at: http://www.on-books.com

May 17, 2016

How do you build something that will last 10,000 years? In this episode of On Books, we discuss The Clock of the Long Now by Stewart Brand. This is the third episode in the series, but feel free to listen to them in any order you like. Books notes available at: http://www.on-books.com

May 9, 2016

How does social change happen over time? What is more powerful nature or commerce? In this episode of On Books, we discuss The Clock of the Long Now by Stewart Brand. This is the second episode in the series, but feel free to listen to them in any order you like. Books notes available at: http://www.on-books.com

May 3, 2016

In this episode of On Books, we discuss The Clock of the Long Now by Stewart Brand. Books notes available at:http://www.on-books.com 

Apr 27, 2016

In this episode of On Books, we discuss an idea I've been consumed by. This discussion will help set the stage for the next series of books coming up. This episode is called, "To Leave the World a Better Place Than How I Found it."


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Apr 19, 2016

In this episode of On Books, we discuss Part 2 of Kurt Vonnegut's A Man Without A Country.

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Apr 12, 2016

This episode of On Books brings you a reading from A Man Without A Country by Kurt Vonnegut. This is part 1 of a 2 part episode on this book.

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Apr 4, 2016

In this episode of On Books, Chris brings you So Good They Can't Ignore You by Cal Newport Books notes available at: http://www.on-books.com Subscribe on iTunes! And follow On Books: Twitter: @onbooksshow (http://www.twitter.com/onbooksshow) Facebook: /onbooksshow (http://www.facebook.com/onbooksshow) Instagram: @castig (https://www.instagram.com/castig)

Mar 28, 2016

In this episode of On Books Chris brings you 50 Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark. 

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Mar 22, 2016

In this episode of On Books, Chris Castiglione shares lessons learned about quitting from The Dip by Seth Godin. You can find the complete interview, and show notes available @ http://www.on-books.com

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Mar 14, 2016

In this episode of On Books, I bring you The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo.

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Feb 29, 2016

In this episode of On Books, I take on Aziz Ansari's Modern Romance. It's a book about online dating, love, psychology and the cultural impacts of texting as a medium. It's going to be a great episode! So get ready, and I'll share with you stories of how Aziz's book (and standup) inspired me to take some action in my life. Enjoy! -Chris

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Feb 22, 2016

In this episode of On Books, Chris Castiglione chat about Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman.

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Feb 12, 2016

Email me: chris@on-books.com! Let me know: On a scale of 1 to 10 would you recommend the On Books podcast to a friend? Put the number 1-10 (in the subject), and WHY you gave that number (in the body). Thanks for listening! 

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Feb 9, 2016

In this episode of On Books, I'll ask, "Is Love an Art?". You learn about the book: The Art of Loving by Eric Fromm, and much more. 

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