I’ve started reading a few books in the past week. The first book I’ve finished reading while the latter two I’ve only just started. If you can get a copy of the second one, I’d love to hear what you think. Comment below.

1. The Fine Art of Success: How Learning Great Art Can Create Great Business

A great book that compares the art/show biz world to real business and how you can still be a creative artist in a corporation . I love some of the analogies in there especially the ones focusing on comparative advantage. The first chapter about Madonna also shows great insight why girl bands-boy bands  like Spice Girls decline but solo singers like Christina Aguilera and Beyonce are still around.

2. The Hard Thing About Hard Things

I’ve only started reading this one but I do enjoy the story of how Ben Horowitz met the 22 year old Marc Andreesen. That’s as far as I got to but it seems to have some very useful insights for startup entrepreneurs. I will do a more comprehensive review later on.

3. Why Most Things Fail: Evolution,  Extinction & Economics

Again, I’ve started this one because it’s one of the physical books I have at home. It’s good so far because I agree with his non-mainstream economics view point but we will see whether the evidence is convincing enough.

Christopher Doyle is the genius cinematographer behind Chungking Express. He has an interesting philosophy on art & life, check out the video.

If you’re just another cog in the wheel then you’re replaceable

- Christopher Doyle

 

Rach’s weekly readings is starting to become fortnightly as I didn’t do much reading at all last week. For this week, I have:

1. The new age of crony capitalism

A great short article from The Economist about rent-seeking and a few examples of how it’s bad for the economy.

2. Morning Manifesto

Some simple tips to get you focused and start a great day.

3. Meanwhile: An Illustrated Love Letter to the Living Fabric of a City and Our Shared Human Longing to Be Understood

Great illustrations and observations of the different people living in San Fran. I love it!

Brompton Art

1. Reading under the sun with old french songs played in the background; 2. Riding my Brompton with light breeze blowing through my hair; 3.  A hot shower when it’s raining outside; 4. Watching theatre and not paying much for […]

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A while ago, a friend asked me if there’s anything good to read so I’ve now decided to curate a weekly reading list of mainly articles (and sometimes books) for people to read. I hope that this would also spark some interesting conversations and debates too.

For this week, I have:

1. The Man Who Destroyed America’s Ego

Roy Baumeister changed the way Americans view self esteem as a social panacea then demonstrated that the US was instead, fueled by narcissism.

2. The Rags-To-Riches Tale Of How Jan Koum Built WhatsApp Into Facebook’s New $19 Billion Baby

Background of WhatsApp founder Jan Koum and the history of WhatsApp in two pages.

3. Ghosting: Julian Assange

Ghost writer Andrew O’Hagan recounts his experience of meeting Julian Assange.

 

Art Books

When the artist is alive in any person, whatever his kind of work may be, he becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressive creature. He becomes interesting to other people. He disturbs, upsets, enlightens, and opens ways for better understanding. Where those who are not artists are trying to close the book, he opens it and shows there are still more pages possible.

- Robert Henri

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If you can afford to travel, go to Florence. If there’s one place you could go, go to Florence. I always encourage people to travel whenever they could and there’s no better place to start than the city that starts […]

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Reeder 2

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I am a big fan of RSS and Reeder and have both iOS versions and the Mac version of Reeder so when the death of Google Reader arrived, I was pretty sad because I love the minimalist, no nonsense of […]

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jOBS

I went to watch Ashton Kutcher’s jOBS on Thursday night after work [1] and I could see why Aaron Sorkins said that he would only focus on the three main keynote events of the iPod, iPhone and iPad in his […]

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