"Excellent Advice for Living" by Kevin Kelly

Review by Borodutch

I'm going to start this review by saying that I have purchased the e-book version of this book after finishing the audio one, and I will be reading a few pages a day from now on until some distant future. Hell, I might re-read this book over and over again. This is the second book I'm willingly re-reading (after reading "Atlas Shrugged" 3 times because I forgot anything beyond the main plot points every time, not because the book is worth re-reading).

The book consists of 400-something distinct and short pieces of advice on living life better. Initially, I was put off by thinking that this was "one of these books." However, the more I listened, the more the advice resonated with my worldview based on research and rationality. Some points from the book are irrational and might be plain harmful, so make sure to take everything with a grain of salt (as usual).

For some reason (maybe due to my habit of negative premeditations), my mind likes to imagine scenarios when I could be an evil-acting person, but I decide not to do evil. The reasoning is always: "Why would I do this?" I'm not sure when this started, but I decided against acting out a lot of negativity nowadays. I kinda feel like this is that "grown-up" moment that I hit somewhen.

"Excellent Advice for Living" is full of these "grown-up" moments. I'm astonished by how much plain apparent wisdom the author could gather together. Every piece of advice is concise and easy to read, and I suggest all my readers pick up a copy as soon as possible.

I want to say "Thank you" to Kevin; this is that rare instance when I'm impressed by such a short title.