Thumos (also commonly spelled “thymos“; Greek: θυμός): Greek word expressing the concept of “spiritedness” (as in “spirited stallion” or “spirited debate”). The word indicates a physical association with breath or blood. “Fire in the belly”
Many of the following either a) have an inspiring story behind the creator or b) are a ‘go to’ item when I am feeling the need for a cosmic kick in the butt.
Lots of links to Amazon. Perhaps I should ask them to sponsor me. Hmmm…
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy
- Lamb and Fool by Christopher Moore
- Tribe by Sebastian Junger
- Natural Born Heroes and Born To Run by Christopher McDougall
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane and The Graveyard Book (audio) by Neil Gaiman
- The short fiction of Gelineau & King (full disclosuure- I went to school with Mark. But the writing is good, the stories highly engaging, and the way he and Joe decided to jump in and start writing is an inspiration!)
- Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
- The Art of Peace by Morihei Ueshiba
- The Art of War by Sun Tzu
- The Heart and the Fist by Eric Greitens
- The Monkeywrench Gang by Edward Abbey
- Boreal Ties by Gillis & Ayer
- Bruce Lee Artist of Life by John Little
- The Straight-A Conspiracy by Hunter Maats and Katie O’Brien.
- Ego Is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday
- Letting Go by David R. Hawkins
- Waking Up by Sam Harris
- The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin
- The Graveyard Book– I mentioned it above, but seriously, it is that fun. Go find it.
- The Tao of Seneca presented by Tim Ferriss (audio titles don’t match letter numbers which is very frustrating, but good listening regardless.)
- Total Immersion Swimming
- The Art of Manliness
- Wim Hoff Method
- HomeMade Muscle
- Zen Habits
- Tim Ferriss blog
- Zombies, Run!
- Baron Baptiste yoga
- Hardcore History– Dan Carlin’s long-form history podcast
- History On Fire– Daniele Bolelli’s podcast on world history. Never had more fun learning about Teddy Roosevelt from someone with an Italian accent.
- Radiolab and it’s sister podcast More Perfect– Radiolab has been around for a while, but More Perfect is, at this moment, only in its second episode. I’m hooked. I had no idea the Supreme Court was so fascinating.
- Snap Judgement– Storytelling done right.
- The Way I Heard It– Short stories about real people, told by Mike Rowe.
- The Tim Ferriss Show– Particular favorites of mine are the interviews with Sebastian Junger and Josh Waitzkin
- The Art Of Manliness– I have followed the site for a few years. Liked #208 on boredom, fishing, and the meaning of life.
- This American Life– Longform stories based on a weekly theme. The extremely popular Serial came from here.
- Tim Minchin– Anything really. But Storm, Prejudice, and White Wine In The Sun are favorite. And check out his cover of Hallelujah (I like this one best.)
- Flobots’ Handlebars (the whole album is good, but I love this one.)
- New Dropkick Murphys has been on heavy rotation, partly due to the birth of our son Murphy in February of 2016.
- Pink Moon by Nick Drake
- In the Reins by Calexico and Iron & Wine
- Nothing Shocking by Janes Addiction