My reading was much different when I was younger. I would more likely intensively engage with some important book totally full of new ideas. Hayek. Parfit. Plato. And so on. There just aren’t books like that left for me anymore. So I read many more, to learn bits, but haven’t in years experienced a “view quake.” That is sad, to me at least, but I don’t know how to avoid how that has turned out. So enjoy your best reading years while you can!
Tyler Cowen himself (via whom I got the link) expands on that paragraph here. All this goes to show that reading, like all addictions, requires stronger doses, the longer you are addicted to it.
Having said that, one way to find quake-worthy books is to read widely. There are so many classics in so many different areas, I do not think we can ever exhaust the variety. The second is of course that there are some classics which produce stronger quakes the longer you read them — those are the real great stuff which make the addiction so alluring and worthwhile.
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