The value of curated reading lists

Let people, not algorithms, do the digging.

I am finishing up my university degree, so I unfortunately have little to report since my last newsletter. This effort wraps up in early December, so my writing output will be back to normal around then.

I have recently become fascinated by the various efforts around the web to collect reading lists. These generally come in two flavors. Either these are institutional efforts, designed as part of an academic curriculum, or purely an individual effort. When the latter are made public, it is generally as an offhand courtesy to the outside, and not an active solicitation for collaboration. I am hoping to begin a similar project collaborative endeavor, possibly under the umbrella of the Wikimedia Foundation. I think there is likely room for something like this under the Wikiversity umbrella.

A few of my favorite reading lists are linked below.

The bactra.org notebooks, maintained by an associate professor of statistics at Carnegie Mellon.

The Pykewater Library Knowledge Lists, organized by genre and open to suggestions for new areas of research.

The King’s College Cambridge undergraduate reading lists.

Of slightly more limited scope the Five Books series, where a subject matter expert or author gives their favorite five books on a given topic.

And finally, in a shameless plug, I have started my own.

Be kind to yourself and others.

- Jonathan