Hi, I’m David Perell.

Welcome to my online home. I write, host a podcast, and run a writing school called Write of Passage.

Want to learn more about me? Start here.


Essays

Most of my essays are about business, education, and what it means to be a citizen of the Internet. These essays are a record of my intellectual quest to make sense of the world. They’re the diary of my contemplative life. 

Latest essay

Against 3X Speed

Mike boastfully reads 100 books per year. He listens to audiobooks at 3x speed whenever he drives, and swears he can remember it all. His browser has a plugin that lets him speed up YouTube videos, and for a while, he listened to podcasts on a special app because of its unique “Smart Speed” feature. All around, his strategy for learning is simple: shove as much information into the mind as possible.

Podcast

The North Star Podcast is a wide-ranging series of interviews with writers, athletes, and entrepreneurs. Each episode is insight-dense and packed with surprising twists and turns that illuminate the guest’s worldview.

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Latest episode

Rob Henderson: An Internet Academic

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Notebook

My notebook is where I develop my ideas in public. If my essays are finished paintings, these are my intellectual sketches. They’re a low-stakes place where I share ideas that are longer than a tweet, but too immature for a full-on essay.

Latest note

The Stupid Test

Whenever you’re trying to solve a problem, ask yourself: “What answer am I missing because it seems too stupid?”