Reading and rabbit holes

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Speaking of reading, choosing what to read is always a challenge for me. Patrick Collison suggests starting from the middle of a book and ask “Would I like to have ended up here?" Mortimer Adler says to know what you're reading for. In this article Tyler Cowen suggests a "“rabbit holes” strategy. Come up with a bunch of questions you want answered and then do whatever you need to do to find the answer.

Follow the questions, not the books per se. Don’t focus on which books to read, focus on which questions to ask. Then the books, and other sources, will follow almost automatically.
Read in clusters! Don’t obsess over titles. Obsess over questions. That is how to learn best about many historical areas, especially when there is not a dominant book or two which beat out all the others

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