Everyday entropy: the entropy reader

The Bear, (in Go Down Moses), William Faulkner

Enough, Alice McDermott (New Yorker)

How to Tell a True War Story, (in The Things They Carried), Tim O’Brien

The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock, T.S. Elliot

Losing the War, Lee Sandlin (Chicago Reader)

Sexing the Cherry, Jeanette Winterson

Horseman, Pass By, John Jeremiah Sullivan (Harper’s)

Byron the Bulb, (in Gravity’s Rainbow), Thomas Pynchon

Watching Roger Federer as Religious Experience, (in Both Flesh and Not) David Foster Wallace

On Hope, (in Sudden Fiction International) Spencer Holst

The Years, Virginia Woolf

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

The Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace

Information, Entropy, Life and the Universe, Arieh Ben-Naim

The Information, James Glieck

Complexity, Mitchell Waldrup

Goedel Escher Bach, Douglas Hofstadter

The Jerusalem Quartet, Edward Whittemore

Watership Down, Richard Adams

The Best and the Brightest, David Halberstam




Big Bad Love

the Matrix

Happy Go Lucky

Dead Man

Lawrence of Arabia

Zidane (a 21st century portrait)



Cyrano de Bergerac

Apocalypse now

Aguirre, the wrath of god

Man Bites Dog

Walter Mitty

The Big Short

The Hours

Note: This is a fairly macho list of books and movies, not because I think machismo equates with entropy, but because the macho overtones provided the cultural framework that made these pieces publishable.  Also, this seems to be the stuff I tend to read and watch.  There is probably more relevant fiction by women that I just haven’t read.


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