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Book Report – Life in Code by Ellen Ullman

Software engineer Ellen Ullman seems pretty cool and self-aware. Reading her latest book Life in Code, one is left with the indelible image of a woman who’s been taking risks her entire adult life, from piloting a plane (“the indescribable pleasure of holding a powerful machine while it held me”) to tackling new computer languages (“One must… find a ferocious determination,…

Book Report – Mindwise by Nicholas Epley

Brian Regan – hands down the best comedian of my lifetime – does a fun routine that recalls being the kid in the way, way back of an old station wagon. Staring at passengers in other vehicles, you had a completely different vacation experience than the rest of the family. Nicholas Epley calls this “the neck problem” in his 2015…

Book Report – Kickass Confidence by Alyssa Dver

“What’s wrong with being confident?” goes the rhetoric of the recent Top 40 hit. The gut reply is “nothing,” which is of course true unless said confidence is actually baseless cockiness. Alyssa Dver plumbs the depths of this important – and culturally relevant – topic in her 2015 book, Kickass Confidence. Donald Trump wasn’t yet running for office when she…

Book Report – The End of Alchemy by Mervyn King

Alchemy, the medieval practice of attempting to convert base metals into gold in pursuit of a universal elixir, found new purpose during the Industrial Revolution as banks transformed secure short-term deposits into long-term risky investments. Author Mervyn King, the recent governor of the Bank of England, suggests this immensely seductive process led to “the creation of extraordinary financial powers that…

Book Report – Beach Reads!

Here are the best books I’ve read since the last time we took a break from the serious stuff: The Girls, Emma Cline – This is one disturbing debut novel from Cline, in which bored teen Evie becomes enamored of a gaggle of girls who seemingly do whatever they want. Set in the late 60’s and the present day, we…

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