December recommendations

Gleason, Universal Basic Income, A Son's Race to Give His Dying Father Artificial Immortality and Dragons of Eden.

A former NFL star faces a world of contradictions when he’s diagnosed with ALS right as his wife becomes pregnant with their first child. Offering an intimate look at the realities of a degenerative disease and the tolls it takes on a young family, Gleason showcases the resilience of the human spirit and the power of believing our futures will be greater than our pasts...

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Ben Brostoff
November recommendations

Cook and the Chef, Between the World and Me, Abstract: The Art of Design and Is AI Riding a One Trick Pony?

An investigation deep into the mind of Elon Musk. The fourth and final installment in Wait But Why’s essential series on Musk provides a blueprint on first principles thinking -- the “secret sauce” that is changing the world...

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Ben Brostoff
October recommendations

Icarus, A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, Our Minds Can Be Hijacked and Chef's Table: Francis Mallman.

When Filmmaker Bryan Fogel set out to make Icarus, his goal was to explore the depths of doping in pro-cycling. He never anticipated that one of the biggest stories in the world would land in his lap. Dust off your copies of 1984 and buckle up. Icarus is a miracle of a film and a warning sign to the world...

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Ben Brostoff
September recommendations

Tribe, the Upstarts, The Barkley Marathons and more.

Tribe is a broad exploration of humans at war. Its unique thesis argues humans find meaning in suffering and lack of meaning in peacetime. Junger - who lost one of his best friends to war - discusses the subject with a candor that makes this a deeply moving read. Graffiti in Bosnia to this day reads "Things were better when they were bad"; Tribe is the necessary explanation of how we got here and where we're going...

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Ben Brostoff
Why we exist

A handful of books, documentaries and podcasts have changed my life. Some I found from friends; others on Reddit and Hacker News; some I just saw in book stores. The things that change our mental model of the world have a strange way of appearing when we least expect it.

That shouldn't be the case.

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