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“Great minds discuss idea; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” This podcast is for ideas people. And, of course, book people.In each (short) episode I take an idea or quote from a book I’ve read and figure out how it can be applied to normal, daily life.Get ready to find new books to read, learn new things, collect interesting conversation-starters for the next party you attend, and discover new ways of looking at history, society and life in general.

Latest Episodes

My new podcast! That Was Awkward, episode 1, Embarrassing Moments

Here's a first episode of my new podcast, That Was Awkward: the unofficial social survival podcast. Since I won't be publishing Better With Books episodes for a while, you might as well subscribe to TWA.

16 MIN2018 AUG 27
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My new podcast! That Was Awkward, episode 1, Embarrassing Moments

Constraints Free Us - Dictionary Stories by Jez Burrows

We think that the fewer constraints and rules are placed on us the more free, productive and happy we'll be. That's not true. And I prove it in this episode.

15 MIN2018 AUG 15
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Constraints Free Us - Dictionary Stories by Jez Burrows

Motivation: reaching the top of the pyramid

If you never got paid to work ever again, what would you do? What motivates you? These questions are some of the most important questions you'll ever have to answer. And knowing the answer will help you live a more productive, fulfilling life.

4 MIN2018 AUG 1
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Motivation: reaching the top of the pyramid

Nature R Us

Many of us aren't really interested in the lives of non-human creatures (other than our pets). This book is meant to change that. It's meant to fascinate us and remind us that animals are better than us at doing pretty much everything.

9 MIN2018 JUL 24
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Nature R Us

Follow the Nobodies (to maximize your own success)

Betting on the underdogs has its advantages. Following creators who are just starting out has similar advantages. Find out what those are in this episode of Better With Books!

7 MIN2018 JUL 17
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Follow the Nobodies (to maximize your own success)

Be a Curator, Not a Critic

There's so much stuff out there. How do we figure out which of it is worth our time and which is not? Take a listen and find out.

9 MIN2018 JUL 11
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Be a Curator, Not a Critic

90 Years Later, We Still Haven’t Gotten It Right - Virginia Woolf Teaches Minimalism

A Room of One's Own is know for its feminist theme, not it's lessons on minimalism. But it does, in fact, hold a valuable lesson about how to live a happy, contented life.

6 MIN2018 MAY 28
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90 Years Later, We Still Haven’t Gotten It Right - Virginia Woolf Teaches Minimalism

We’ve Run Out of Excuses (also, capitalism isn’t flawless)

Individualism sounds like a good thing, right? But our society has forced us to idealize it while, at the same time, being bullied into being like everyone else, into fitting the mold. How do we live a life of true individualism? Listen to find out!

11 MIN2018 MAY 20
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We’ve Run Out of Excuses (also, capitalism isn’t flawless)

What to Do When You’re Not Qualified (but you really, really love it)

Turns out, you don't have to be good at something to (eventually) be successful at it.

7 MIN2018 MAY 13
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What to Do When You’re Not Qualified (but you really, really love it)

How to Protect Yourself from the News - The 2018 News Survival Guide

How is the news making us insecure and close-minded? What's wrong with 100% of all news sources?

8 MIN2018 MAY 3
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How to Protect Yourself from the News - The 2018 News Survival Guide

Latest Episodes

My new podcast! That Was Awkward, episode 1, Embarrassing Moments

Here's a first episode of my new podcast, That Was Awkward: the unofficial social survival podcast. Since I won't be publishing Better With Books episodes for a while, you might as well subscribe to TWA.

16 MIN2018 AUG 27
Comments
My new podcast! That Was Awkward, episode 1, Embarrassing Moments

Constraints Free Us - Dictionary Stories by Jez Burrows

We think that the fewer constraints and rules are placed on us the more free, productive and happy we'll be. That's not true. And I prove it in this episode.

15 MIN2018 AUG 15
Comments
Constraints Free Us - Dictionary Stories by Jez Burrows

Motivation: reaching the top of the pyramid

If you never got paid to work ever again, what would you do? What motivates you? These questions are some of the most important questions you'll ever have to answer. And knowing the answer will help you live a more productive, fulfilling life.

4 MIN2018 AUG 1
Comments
Motivation: reaching the top of the pyramid

Nature R Us

Many of us aren't really interested in the lives of non-human creatures (other than our pets). This book is meant to change that. It's meant to fascinate us and remind us that animals are better than us at doing pretty much everything.

9 MIN2018 JUL 24
Comments
Nature R Us

Follow the Nobodies (to maximize your own success)

Betting on the underdogs has its advantages. Following creators who are just starting out has similar advantages. Find out what those are in this episode of Better With Books!

7 MIN2018 JUL 17
Comments
Follow the Nobodies (to maximize your own success)

Be a Curator, Not a Critic

There's so much stuff out there. How do we figure out which of it is worth our time and which is not? Take a listen and find out.

9 MIN2018 JUL 11
Comments
Be a Curator, Not a Critic

90 Years Later, We Still Haven’t Gotten It Right - Virginia Woolf Teaches Minimalism

A Room of One's Own is know for its feminist theme, not it's lessons on minimalism. But it does, in fact, hold a valuable lesson about how to live a happy, contented life.

6 MIN2018 MAY 28
Comments
90 Years Later, We Still Haven’t Gotten It Right - Virginia Woolf Teaches Minimalism

We’ve Run Out of Excuses (also, capitalism isn’t flawless)

Individualism sounds like a good thing, right? But our society has forced us to idealize it while, at the same time, being bullied into being like everyone else, into fitting the mold. How do we live a life of true individualism? Listen to find out!

11 MIN2018 MAY 20
Comments
We’ve Run Out of Excuses (also, capitalism isn’t flawless)

What to Do When You’re Not Qualified (but you really, really love it)

Turns out, you don't have to be good at something to (eventually) be successful at it.

7 MIN2018 MAY 13
Comments
What to Do When You’re Not Qualified (but you really, really love it)

How to Protect Yourself from the News - The 2018 News Survival Guide

How is the news making us insecure and close-minded? What's wrong with 100% of all news sources?

8 MIN2018 MAY 3
Comments
How to Protect Yourself from the News - The 2018 News Survival Guide
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