book log - feb 2018

  1. Talking Pictures: How to Watch Movies - Ann Hornaday
    • "Before you write any review," David told me, "ask yourself three questions: 'What was the artist trying to achieve?' 'Did they achieve it?' And 'Was it worth doing?'"
  2. Mischka's War: A Story of Survival from War-torn-Europe to New York - Sheila Fitzpatrick
    • "Not that I'm saying he was wrong, but the judgement was axiomatic rather than derived from observation."
  3. Lauras - E.G. Vodolazkin

book ideas - december 2017

  1. Bryan Caplan - The Case against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money. Via Tyler Cowen
  2. Jean M. Twenge - iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood--and What That Means for the Rest of Us. Via Tyler Cowen?
  3. James C. Scott - Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States . Via Tyler Cowen
  4. Judith Rich Harris  - The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do
  5. Gerard Schwarz with Maxine Frost - BEHIND THE BATON: An American Icon Talks Music. Fanfare 
  6. Bruno Maçães - The Dawn of Eurasia. Tyler Cowen 

books - december 2017

  1. Rob Sheffield - Dreaming the Beatles
  2. Alfred Hitchcock, James Naremore - North by Northwest
  3. Dai Houying - Stones in the Wall. Wikipedia
  4. Chan Koonchung - The Fat Years
  5. Brooke Erin Duffy - (not) getting paid to do what you love: gender, social media, and aspirational work
  6. Bernard Bailyn - The Peopling of British North America: An Introduction
  7. Adam Alter - Irresistable: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked. Screed? 


  1. How Bluegrass Destroyed My Life. John Fahey. This is somewhat fictitious and maybe even fantastical.
  2. Recent American Opera: A Production Guide. Rebecca Hodell Kornick. Old reference book with interesting data.
  3. When a Billion Chinese Jump. Jonathan Watts. Amazon
  4. The Great Gatsby.