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.


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

Saving the Liberal Arts

We start with their history by returning to the origins of Western thought. We argue that splitting education into two halves — Professional and Civilized — is the only way to think about education clearly. We then outline the evolution of the Liberal Arts, from the ancients to today. Finally, we propose a plan to create a modern Liberal Arts school with lower costs, expanded access, and students who graduate with both a holistic view of the world.


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



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

Thoughts on Free Will

My friend Chris Sparks says: “When it comes to creating your environment, assume you have free will. When it comes to living in it, assume you have no free will.”