Best of 2021

2021 was far from an ideal year. However, looking back, I read a number of memorable books, articles, and essays. I also found time to watch some classic movies, see some thought-provoking documentaries, listen to some great conversations, and enjoy a smattering of other things I was delighted to happen upon.

Below is a collection of the best things I came across in 2021. Hope you find some things to enjoy!



The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel

How To Decide by Annie Duke

The Almanack of Naval Ravikant by Eric Jorgenson

River God by Wilbur Smith

Poor Charlie’s Almanack by Charlie Munger

Fooled by Randomness (Incerto Series #1) by Nassim Taleb

The Black Swan (Incerto Series #2) by Nassim Taleb

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

Talking To Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Chop Wood Carry Water by Joshua Medcalf

Long Things That Aren’t Books

What's Wrong with Social Science and How to Fix It by Alvaro de Menard

A Sense of Where You Are by John McPhee


Michelin restaurants and fabulous wines: Inside the secret team dinners that have built the Spurs' dynasty by Baxter Holmes

How to Think for Yourself by Paul Graham

Probabilistic thinking by Farnam Street

Falsification: How to Destroy Incorrect Ideas by Farnam Street

On Shame by Ava

How People Get Rich Now by Paul Graham

Too Much, Too Soon, Too Fast by Morgan Housel

Why Has Nuclear Power Been a Flop? by Jason Crawford

How Philosophers Think by David Perell

The Optimal Amount of Hassle by Morgan Housel

How America Fractured Into Four Parts by George Packer

History’s Seductive Beliefs by Morgan Housel

Sc3nius by Packy McCormick

Nature Shows How All This Works by Morgan Housel

The Nature of Desire by Andrew Wilkinson

Podcasts & Videos

Kings of Kings (Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3) by Hardcore History

Dolly Parton on Sontelling, Empathy, and Shining Our Lights by Brene Brown

The Knowledge Project with Josh Kaufman

Supernova in the East Part VI by Hardcore History

Adam Robinson & Bill Brewster - Disproving Your Thesis on Infinite Loops

Why Bob Dylan Won The Nobel Prize by Nerd Writer

Mark Zuckerberg Talks to Patrick Collison and Tyler Cowen About Accelerating Progress

Grace Kelly

Documentaries & TV Shows

Antarctica: A Year on Ice by Anthony Powell

Miles Davis The Birth of Cool by Stanley Nelson

American Experience - FDR by PBS

Why the Jews?

American Experience - JFK by PBS

Movies and TV Shows


On The Waterfront

Dead Poets Society

The Queen’s Gambit


Ted Lasso (Season 1 & Season 2)

Things That Made Me Think

"The most important conversation is the conversation you have with yourself each day."
- James Clear

Everything feels unprecedented when you haven’t engaged with history.”
- Morgan Housel

“The more the Internet exposes people to new points of view, the angrier people get that different views exist.”
- Benedict Evans

"In an age of infinite leverage, judgment is the most important skill."
- Naval Ravikant

“Take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly, and try another. But by all means, try something.”

“Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself.”
- Miles Davis

“The correct lesson to learn from surprises is that the world is surprising.”
- Morgan Housel

“The cost of making decisions to please others instead of yourself is misery.”
- Shane Parrish

“The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back.”
- Abigail Van Buren (Dear Abby)

“We think we can easily see into the hearts of others based on the flimsiest of clues. We jump at the chance to judge strangers. We would never do that to ourselves, of course. We are nuanced and complex and enigmatic. But the stranger is easy. If I can convince you of one thing in this book, let be this: Strangers are not easy.”
- Malcolm Gladwell, from Talking to Strangers

“Most of us shell our days like peanuts.”
- Amor Towles, The Rules of Civility

“A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.”
- William James

“I belong everywhere I go, no matter where it is, or who I am with, as long as I never betray myself. The minute I become who you want me to be, in order to fit in and make sure people like me, is the moment I no longer belong anywhere.”
- Brené Brown

“You have to learn all the big ideas in the key disciplines in a way that they’re in a mental latticework in your head and you automatically use them for the rest of your life.”
- Charlie Munger

“Not every problem needs to be overcome, just the ones stopping you from getting where you want to be.”
- Ann Hill

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