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Headsup: Enabling Digital Stoicism

Seneca: Moral Letters to Lucilius, Vol. 1

So it’s probably not news to anybody that’s been hanging around that I have gained some benefit from reading the works of Tim Ferriss. Some people don’t care for his stuff and fair play to them…his stuff has worked for me, though. His Four Hour Work Week helped clear up a lot of mental clutter that I had going on (and have you met me? I have a bit) and his follow-up, Four Hour Body, got me into a large size shirt for the first time in…forever. I was, to put it mildly, classified by scientists worldwide as “megafauna.”

Anyway, there’s a point to this (a rarity for this site, I know). Everywhere I ran across Ferriss talking about his stuff, people would ask what they should read. Everywhere–and I mean freaking everywhere–that he responded he said Seneca. Now, again, if you’ve been around for a while you know that me cracking open a book is rare. Even 4HWW was an audiobook and the only reason I broke down and actually read 4HB is the audiobook couldn’t, of course, give you pictures and charts and such. (The previous book I actually read? Feast for Crows…because the narrator wasn’t Roy Dotrice and couldn’t hang.)

But I couldn’t find an audiobook of Seneca’s letters. This was making me nuts. So I decided to take matters into my own hands and start recording them.

The end result is a plan to record all of them and release them in installments: perhaps two, probably no more than three volumes. The first volume is available now, both as an M4B audiobook file and a zipped up array of MP3 files. It’s around eight hours in length, is taken from the 1917 edition which was translated by Richard Mott Gummere and is read by me. It consists of the first sixty-five letters in the series.

I’m going to be officially launching the website for the audiobook some time shortly. But I’ve been handing around discount codes and I wanted to hand out one here. You get $5 off the price until the site launches…and that’s at least 24 hours away. The code, naturally, is “needcoffee.” Go check out the site for a free sample letter. Comment here if you have any questions.

Thanks for checking it out, guys.