Media list: Selected books, films, music, streaming…


(book) Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari / Fascinating. Everything you think you know about humans, who we are, how we exist, and why we exist, will be thrown out of the window when you read this…

(book) Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour An Introduction by J.D. Salinger / The last Salinger book I have read, which is two novellas. The first is great…typical Salinger. The second story, about Seymour Glass, is one that I’ll have to read several times. There’s a lot there…

(music) The Writing On The Wall by Iron Maiden / The first single from their upcoming studio album, their seventeenth. This song is bad ass. Cannot wait for the new LP. Listened via Apple Music.

(book) Travels with Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck / I’ve always wanted to read this travelogue by one of America’s great writers. I love the idea of taking my girls (Shiloh + Surrey) and going out on the road to see what we’d find…

(book) A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles / This was a really intriguing read, making me learn to value and appreciate the little things. From Amazon: Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

(streaming) Ray Donovan, created by Ann Biderman / I didn’t want to get into this series about a Hollywood fixer from Southie. I’m now three seasons in, and the characters, flawed souls each of them, are growing on me. That’s the best part about a long-term series such as this…character development. (Seen on Xfinity/Comcast)

(book) Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl / I have finally added this philosophical classic to my daily philosophy reading pile…

(book) Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand / A modern classic and Rand’s most extensive statement of Objectivism—her groundbreaking philosophy. It’s about time I tackle her magnum opus! I now see why this book caused so much political angst over the years. Rather amusing. Who is John Galt?

(streaming) Mr. Inbetween, written and starring Scott Ryan / An Australian series about a hitman living a very normal, relatable life with problems like the rest of us. God, I’m so tired of the typical dreck from America. This show is so refreshing, funny, and as I said, relatable. You know, other than him being a hitman. Seen on Hulu…

(film) The Big Chill, directed by Lawrence Kasden / My all-time favorite film. I love the love, the betrayal, the loyalty, the bonds, the friendships, the fights, everything….when I dine with friends over long dinners, I pretend I’m in this film. Seen on Hulu…

(music) Stand Up by Jethro Tull / Early, classic Tull LP. Yeah, you probably know Aqualung. This is better. Enjoy. Listened to via Apple Music…

(book) How To Stop Time: A Novel by Matt Haig / A fascinating story about time travel, if you will, about a man who has lived for centuries…

(documentary) Looking forward to this film about Anthony Bourdain, Roadrunner. Here is the trailer.

(book) The Nature of Things by Lucretius / Added to my daily philosophical reading list. Thought it was time to explore Epicurean philosophy a bit, and this is the quintessential epic poem to do just that. See my philosophy notes here.

(streaming) Formula 1: Drive to Survive / I’m tired of sports, particularly American sports, so perhaps the time is right for me to get into Formula 1 racing. I’ve long been curious, on the periphery, but this series has rekindled my interest. Viewed on Netflix…

(coffee table book) Frank Lloyd Wright by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer and Peter Goessel / An extensive review of FLW’s work, with detailed copy on most major projects…

(book) The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison / Every American should read and understand these historical essays…because from the looks of it, our politicians in Washington sure as hell don’t comprehend the Constitution…

(book) Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger / Read this on the recommendation of a few folks, but I now better understand why there is so much mental health struggle in an affluent society such as ours. We need to act more tribal: Being willing to make a substantive sacrifice for our community – be that our neighborhood, our workplace, or the country…

(music) Déjà Vu (50th Anniversary) by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young / Gosh, even though I came later to the LP than when it first came out, this music does bring one back. And well, they just don’t make music like this anymore. And as I mature, I no longer care as much about the hits, but the other songs mean more to me now. And well, I always like the demo takes. Listened via Apple Music.

(film) The French Connection starring Gene Hackman / I keep forgetting how amazing and gritty this 1971 Oscar-winning film is, starring Oscar-winner Hackman. 1970’s NYC at its most raw, criminal, and human. Great, great film. Viewed on Amazon Prime.

(music) Power Up by AC/DC / Released in 2020, you always wonder how good late career LPs will be from iconic bands. Well, no worries. Power Up kicks ass. Listening via Apple Music.

(coffee table book) Chicago Architecture and Design by Jay Pridemore / A wonderful walk through Chicago’s inspiring architectural history and evolution…

(music) Frampton Forgets The Words by Peter Frampton / Wow, what an LP. Will listen to this again and again and again. Listened via Apple Music.

(book) Means of Ascent by Robert A. Caro / The second of the ultimate five volumes on the life of (and the acquisition and use of power by) Lyndon Johnson. Caro is the best historical writer alive. Bar none.

(music) McCartney III by Paul McCartney / Love, love, love that he created this solely by himself whilst on lockdown during the pandemic. I listened via Apple Music.

(book) Discourses and Selected Writings by Epictetus / Part of my daily philosophical reading list…

(book) Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener / This Pulitzer Prize-winning book has been a fun yarn, adding some unique color to the Pacific Theater of World War II. In all my years, it’s my first Michener read. There will be others…

(book) Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger / Largely a collection of of short stories published in various periodicals, namely the New Yorker. Salinger at his best. Each story is simply fascinating to get in to…

(book) John Adams by David McCullough / What an amazing book. Should be required reading for every American. And if you think that our politics has gotten rough only recently, you haven’t read any books such as this…

(book) Catch-22 by Joseph Heller / I’m glad to have read this anti-war classic, but it wasn’t one of my favorite reads. I did laugh out loud several times….

(documentary) The Quiet One directed by Oliver Murray / A film about original Rolling Stones’ bassist Bill Wyman. So much more to this artist than public perception. Fascinating film. I viewed it on Hulu.

(book) Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins / I’m not much into inspirational or motivational reads, but I’ll admit, this book lit a fire…