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Mac Power Users #959 (Contextual Computing)

Link. A good show at its best. This might be life-changing for me. Even if it’s not, it will probably eventually allow me to invest a couple hours to save many more. So, if you use a Mac and are not fully confident in your automation / deep-linking / etc. setup, I’d recommend this.

Invest Like the Best 2020-12-15: Sam Hinkie

Link. I listened to this one on Patrick McKenzie‘s recommendation and it did not disappoint. Tyler Cowen has convinced me that recognizing and developing talent is a centrally important (and under-studied) subject. This episode covers that and much more. (Including a great James Harden story.)

EconTalk 2020-12-28: Michael Blastland

Link. A very Russ Roberts guest discusses how much of what happens is knowable, with “knowable” here meaning something like “predictable or explicable in light of all the fundamental things we could learn about that could be causing it.” Lots of great examples here. Well worth a listen.

Self-Portrait in Black and White, Thomas Chatterton Williams

Worth reading both as a memoir and as an argument. Williams is a strong intellect and also a strong prose stylist. The occasional sentence falls flat, but overall the mechanical quality of the book is excellent. I’m not the one to judge Williams’ central thesis: that we’d be better off attempting to transcend (or perhaps […]

The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen, Jacques P├ępin

This is a very rich book; the first 2/3 is the best. (When I was reading the last third, I couldn’t shake the feeling that his publicist had written it.) This is high-information-density (and high-entertainment-value) material about culture, especially French culture; management; the New York City of our collective imagination and as it used to […]

East of Eden

It’s the sort of book that makes one give up lowbrow and middlebrow literature for a while. It is everything an American novel should be, yet also reminds me of the Dostoevsky for unflinching psychological insight. It’s a deeply psychological book, full of descriptions of how exactly people are thinking, and with striking metaphors for […]