* Messy by Tim Harford

If you think tidy desks kill the soul and innovation, Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives is the book for you.

I’m not so sure. The book, rather messily organized, does contain some wonderful ideas for innovation. My favorite is a set of cards with opaque commands developed for musicians but that would be helpful to spur any of us to get out of a creative rut (one of my favorites “Not building a wall; making a brick”). But the overall effect is a laundry list of times when messy was helpful rather than a well-reasoned thesis. Which may be the whole point.

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