Paul Graham, one of the guys behing Y Combinator, has published a great collection of essays on his website. These are a few of our favourites:
Is It Worth Being Wise? - A wise person knows what to do in most situations, while a smart person knows what to do in situations where few others could.
Keep Your Identity Small - A Politics, like religion, is a topic with no threshold of expertise for expressing an opinion. All you need is strong convictions.
Good and Bad Procrastination - The most impressive people I know are all procrastinators.
The Submarine - The PR industry lurks like a huge quiet submarine beneath the news.
The Age of the Essay - What an essay really is, and how you write one. Or at least, how I write one.
Taste for Makers - “A lot of them seem smart,” he said. “What I can’t tell is whether they have any kind of taste.”
What You Can’t Say - There is almost certainly something wrong with you if you don’t think things you don’t dare say out loud.
How to Disagree - If we’re all going to be disagreeing more, we should be careful to do it well.
The Acceleration of Addictiveness - As far as I know there’s no word for something we like too much.
Post-Medium Publishing - Consumers never really were paying for content, and publishers weren’t really selling it either.
Writing, Briefly - As for how to write well, here’s the short version:
Writing and Speaking - Having good ideas is an alarmingly small component of being a good speaker.