My booklist from writing The Icarus Deception
The Icarus Deception
My new book came out in January 2013.
It's about art (not painting, but the art of being human), making a difference, mythology, propaganda, Kamiwaza, emotional labor and the connection economy.
This page takes you through some of the books and videos that helped me figure out the story in the book. I hope you'll dive into some of them.
V is for Vulnerable
Hugh and I worked together to turn a chapter of my book into an illustrated book in the spirit of Dr. Seuss. Worth sharing, I hope.
Pema on Mindfulness
And on shenpa. Offered here on audio...
Joseph Campbell on Myth
A fine one to start with.
Nancy Hathaway on Mythology
All the stories you've never heard before.
Brene Brown's new classic
Drawing it with your eyes closed
Seductive and brilliant
Dan hits the nail on the head. He leads us through a thoughtful exploration of what leads us to do great work.
Punished by Rewards
This book will radically redefine the way you feel about school and about management. It's truly powerful.
Will change the way you think about the world, which is a lot for ten dollars.
Essentially to understanding art and the gift economy
The War of Art
The original and still essential book on the resistance.
Do the Work
Another one by Steve, I was honored to publish it. Worth every minute it takes to read.
Hugh on Art
This book is a breakthrough that will stick with you.
The Icarus Deception
Here's the book in hardcover. It's also available at fine booksellers everywhere.
The elements of art
Elkins has a number of great books, this is a good place to start
The amazing Ben and Roz Zander...
I try to reread this book twice a year.
Don't be a spectator
I hated this book when I was 15. Now I don't. An important read.
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The portrait of the artist
Another book I was forced to read before I was ready for it....
Lakoff's classic take on how worldviews shape our world.
Seeing is forgetting...
An incredibly detailed series of interviews with the conceptual artist
Read this one out loud
I used to require people to read this aloud at small group job interviews. Not as crazy as it sounds.
If you collect art books, the page color edge alone is worth it
Leadership on the line
Perhaps the most truthful book on leadership I've ever read.
An art project
This book reads like an old Woody Allen spoof, but it's real. Joan Sallas is a professional napkin folder, the best in the world.
Mark recommends the audio edition. A thoughtful, rigorous autobiography.
Patti Smith on a life in art.
Liz Gilbert at TED
Brene Brown on shame and vulnerability
A masterful TED talk
Ben Zander at TED
With shining eyes
The more I read of his work, the more amazed I am that he wrote and worked more than fifty years ago.
A very simple question that leads to a truly complex web of answers... You will change those you touch.
On Blue Cup
Sophisticated thinking about art, linguistics and the practice of the artist.
Whatcha Gonna Do?
This is a big book, 600 pages worth of my best blog posts and online writing from the last seven years. Try not to read it in one sitting, because it took a long time to write.
A few interviews
- With Adrian Swinscoe
Together with a transcript
- Why We Are All Artists: Seth Godin in Conversation - Part 1 | Write to Done
With a particular focus on writers
- Seth Godin on The Icarus Deception � Marketing Over Coffee
John is always smart and generous. With a particular focus on marketers.
No, thank you
Break the rules...
The Icarus Deception is the push to do what you've always wanted. It's the approval to become what you've always dreamed of becoming. The Icarus Deception allows you the freedom to scale to new heights. Unlike the previous system of 100 years, it's imperative you break the rules and stand out.
Last updated on April 21, 2014
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