Favorites

Books:

I take advantage of my daily subway commute and my time at the gym to read. You can follow me on Goodreads (which I use to keep track of some of my reading), but to highlight some of my favorite books (in no particular order):

Poor Economics – Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo
Visual Display of Quantitative Information – Edward Tufte
Thinking Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman
Portfolios of the Poor – Daryl Collins
Grit – Angela Duckworth
Gang Leader for a Day – Sudhir Venkatesh
Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg
Never Split the Difference – Chris Voss
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption – Bryan Stevenson
The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg
The Bottom Billion – Paul Collier
The Prize: Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power – Daniel Yergin
Predictably Irrational – Dan Ariely
Fluent Forever – Gabriel Wyner
Designing Your Life – William Burnett
Creativity, Inc – Ed Catmull
Spy the Lie – Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, Susan Carnicero
Whistling Vivaldi and Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us – Claude Steele
The Better Angels of Our Nature – Steven Pinker
Moonwalking with Einstein – Joshua Foer
Globalization and its Discontents – Joseph Stiglitz
Made to Stick – Chip Heath
Dead Aid – Dambisa Moyo
Give and Take – Adam Grant
Buyology – Martin Lindstrom
Rise of Robots – Martin Ford
Under the Banner of Heaven – Jon Krakauer
When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi
Never Eat Alone – Keith Ferazzi
Own It: The Power of Women at Work – Sallie Krawcheck
Willpower – Roy Baumeister

Films – Movies/Television:

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t particularly have good taste in movies. My preference is definitely for big budget, special effects actions movies in which the good guys win with no moral ambiguity. I have loved nearly every Marvel / Avengers and post Fast & Furious 5 franchise movie ever made. Strong positive critical views have very little correlation to my own personal preference (Birdman??). I only watch movies with happy endings. To me, movies are meant for pure escapism and joy. In regards to television, I love mysteries and police/crime procedurals in which moral ambiguity is notably absent. I enjoy plenty of twists, but require full logical consistency. Some of my favorite shows are Veronica Mars, the Wire, Elementary, Midsummer Murder, Death in Paradise, Luther, and Marcella. I also really enjoyed the true crime documentary the Keepers.

I also enjoy animated series. I love the Netflix series Voltron. My sister and I are very close and we will watch Japanese anime when we are together. Similar to her, I really like sports anime series (Haikyuu!!, Yowamushi Pedal, Ace of Diamond, etc) because they tend to be very uplifting, dramatic, and exciting. I’m just waiting for an ice hockey series to come out.

Online Resources / Blogs:

I don’t spend that much time on blogs as mostly I read breaking news, the Economist, Financial Times, and the New York Times, but below are some online resources that are fun to read and can help pass the time.

ImpactAlpha – impact investing news and information
The Chairman’s Bao – practicing Mandarin reading
Serious Eats NYC – great recommendations on restaurants and neighborhood food tours
Kaiser Family Foundation – information on the US healthcare system
Brookings Institute – just one of various policy institutes, but I find myself aligning more with their views
RBN Energy Blog – blog on energy markets
EditD – discussion on fashion trends leveraging big data scraped from retail websites
AdAge – news about marketing and ad agency performance
The Information – technology news, with a business slant