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A blog about entrepreneurship, books, current affairs, and intellectual life.

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Book Review: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 18:58:08 PDT

One of my favorite books of 2016: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. I feel a little sheepish joining the parade of praise — everyone in Silicon Valley seems to be reading the book. I’ve wandered into more … Continue reading

Book Notes: Tribe by Sebastian Junger

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 13:40:29 PDT

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger is a short book about how humans relate to each other and how modern society is pulling us away from our “tribal” roots. It touches on many topics related to community, war, … Continue reading

“There Are No Shortcuts”

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 22:41:41 PDT

A few months ago, President Obama gave a moving eulogy in honor of Beau Biden, the late son of Vice President Biden. Minutes 13-15 are emotional, as Obama’s voice cracks. And the words ring true. In the social media age, it’s not hard … Continue reading

When Giving Advice to Peers…

Sun, 21 Aug 2016 16:36:46 PDT

It’s hard to give advice to a peer or an especially prideful person of any sort. Advice giving can be interpreted as a power move, and if you don’t deliver the advice in the right way, the other person — a colleague, a … Continue reading

Haunting Photo of the Day

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:16:58 PDT

A five year old boy placed on an ambulance in Syria, after being pulled out of a bombed out house. NPR has a video of him being carried into the ambulance but the photo is almost more haunting. The eerie … Continue reading

Book Notes: The Road to Character

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 21:39:18 PDT

I’m a longtime lover of David Brooks’ columns and books. His most recent book, The Road to Character, resonated. It connects well with the themes I touch on in my essay Happy Ambition: Striving for Success, Avoiding Status Cocaine, and Prioritizing … Continue reading

Quote of the Day

Sun, 31 Jul 2016 23:26:27 PDT

“Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope. Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved … Continue reading

Book Notes: Happiness from n+1

Sat, 30 Jul 2016 13:49:27 PDT

I’ve been reading n+1 magazine for a long time. It gives me a flavor for the Brooklyn intellectual hipster scene. Some of the topics are too highfalutin for me but the writing usually makes me think in a new way. Their … Continue reading

Book Review: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki

Sun, 17 Jul 2016 23:22:07 PDT

I’m a huge Haruki Murakami fan. His latest novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki: And His Years of Pilgrimage doesn’t disappoint. While not quite as richly textured as some of his longer, stranger novels, there’s nonetheless a vivid, intoxicating mood to Colorless … Continue reading

10 Day Awareness+Wisdom Meditation Retreat

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:57:56 PDT

“All conditioned things are impermanent. They are arising and passing away. Understanding this deeply, Brings the greatest happiness which is peace.” When someone close to you dies, there’s a gaping emptiness. Death causes a lot of people to engage in … Continue reading