Daniel Ayoub

I'm a software engineer working on Keybase in New York City.

I have a B.S. in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.

You can email me at daniel AT ayoubd DOT com


This is an index of all the books and notable articles I've read since entering college. I keep this list to refer back to running thoughts, and in response to the realization that I can sometimes completely forget that I've read a book. A similar list is maintained at goodreads. For the most part they are in the order I read them. Essays and other long-form works are marked with *.

  1. The Things they Carried - Tim O'Brien
  2. I actually read this in a high school english class, but it had a significant impact on the way I think about books and story-telling in general. O'Brien takes a humanist stance on the meaning of story-telling, something I had never thought about at the time. In it's own way, this book is an argument for expanding the scope of honesty in non-fiction beyond getting the fact straight, and I could hardly imagine a more compelling context than the Vietnam War.
  3. The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
  4. Waiting for Godot - Samuel Beckett
  5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
  6. Looking for Alaska - John Green
  7. Anthem - Ayn Rand
  8. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
  9. Winesburg, Ohio - Sherwood Anderson
  10. True Grit - Charles Portis
  11. In Our Time - Ernest Hemingway
  12. The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway
  13. A Good Man is Hard to Find - Flannery O'Connor
  14. Self Help - Lorrie Moore
  15. The Crying of Lot 49 - Thomas Pynchon
  16. A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
  17. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
  18. Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace
  19. Took a long year for this book to become cemented as a cornerstone of my psyche. Wallace's overt and earnest knowledge of tennis, addiction, international relations, English, filmmaking, etc. gives a cryptic yet somehow coherent map of his view on what it means to be human surrounded by endless media and advertising. Hard to get in to (I had two false starts), but eventually a joy to read and incredibly rewarding. Looking forward to reading this again.
  20. *The Photographic Evangels - Susan Sontag
  21. How the Other Half Lives - Jacob Riis
  22. *Of Our Spiritual Strivings - W. E. B. Du Bois
  23. *King Leopold's Soliloquy - Mark Twain
  24. Camera Lucida - Roland Barthes
  25. *The Price is Right - Emily Nussbaum
  26. Fantastic. Nussbaum is a generous enthusiast.
  27. Let Us Not Praise Famous Men - James Agee & Walker Evans
  28. Seeing Through Race: A Reinterpretation of Civil Rights Photography
  29. Berger offers an interesting parallel narrative of the role photography played in the Civil Rights Movement as one that furthered the victimization of blacks in the eyes of popular culture. His arguments are strong albeit a bit ambitious, but nevertheless it was a great and thought-provoking read.
  30. The Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Crane
  31. Cerebral and spiritual.
  32. *The Colour Out of Space - H.P. Lovecraft
  33. *"Objects" (from Tender Buttons) - Gertrude Stein
  34. Quicksand - Nella Larson
  35. *Portraits and Repetition - Gertrude Stein
  36. The Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Crane
  37. Autobiography of Red - Anne Carson
  38. A delightful book. Anne Carson is terse yet tender and is excellent at intimating Geryon's remote moods and thoughts in a close, erotic way.
  39. Red Doc> - Anne Carson
  40. Darker and more difficult than AoR
  41. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
  42. A warning for the Ignatius in all of us?
  43. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
  44. Tolstoy is an academic of human nature, but I think this work is presented much better as a serial than a one-shot publication.
  45. Between The World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
  46. Leaving The Atocha Station - Ben Lerner
  47. 10:04: A Novel - Ben Lerner
  48. Fun Home - Alison Bechdel
  49. The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present - Douglas Coupland & Hans Ulrich Obrist
  50. The Eden Express - Mark Vonnegut
  51. What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours - Helen Oyeyemi
  52. So so good. Everything it's chalked up to be.
  53. My Age Of Anxiety - Scott Stossel
  54. Franny & Zooey - J.D. Salinger
  55. Boy, Snow, Bird - Helen Oyeyemi
  56. Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami
  57. The Three-Body Problem - Liu Cixin
  58. The Dark Forest - Liu Cixin
  59. Turtles All the Way Down - John Green