The Long Now Foundation has scrambled up the the idea of a reading list.
Instead of the typical what we’re reading now list. Or, our favorite summer reads list. They’ve asked us to imagine reading beyond our lifetimes by posing the question:
What Books Would You Choose to Restart Civilization?
With the the goal of:
Gathering essential books and democratizing human knowledge for future generations.
It’s ambitious. It’s thoughtful. It’s called:
There have been 11 contributors to date, but Kevin Kelly’s list via Medium introduced me to the project.
Below are three titles from Kevin’s list that piqued my immediate interest.
- How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren
- The Complete Illustrated Guide to Everything Sold in Hardware Stores and Garden Centers (Except the Plants) by Steve Ettlinger
- Country Wisdom & Know-How by the Editors of Storey Publishing’s Country Wisdom Boards
The Manual for Civilization has me meditating on this idea of a reading list for the future. I’m asking myself:
What books would I select, and why?
Which books would a scholar or intellectual from an eastern culture select?
Which books would you select?