Top 17’s. Top 10’s. Top 5’s. Top whatever’s. The time it takes to read a top whatever, combined with the time spent browsing the internet to find them, is better spent immersed in a book written by somebody who did something worth talking about.
Is irritating for everyone. And productive for no one.
If you want to write, first read. If you want to brainstorm, first read. If you want to create, first read. You can read anything - no matter what it is, it will get your creative juices flowing.
There are many such extraordinary relationships. The majority of which we do now know, unless we study the subject matter in depth. These relationships are like keys to nature in the universal language of mathematics. Knowing them will allow you to solve seemingly impossible problems. Not knowing them will require you to reproduce the work [...]
Makes me feel indebted to the writer. The effort he or she put in for my benefit is incredibly generous. No ambiguity. No superfluousness. Just persuasively, concisely and unapologetically written.