5/17/20 Weekly Roundup

Trying something new. Once a week, I’ll post a snapshot of books I’m reading, music and podcasts I’m listening to, and thoughts or quotes I came across during the week. Suggestions always welcome.

Currently Reading: The Winter of Our Discontent – John Steinbeck. In his final novel, Steinbeck presents the dichotomy between greed and the never ending quest for social status and attempting to maintain morals and a successful family life. Written a year before he won the Nobel Prize for Literature, this book is one of his finest and a nice departure from his west-coast, depression-era novels he’s known for.

On Repeat: Piano Concerto No. 1 – Tchaikovsky, Bernstein

Podcasts: Against the Rules, Pushkin Industries. Season two is live – the incredible Michael Lewis takes his story telling from the page to the podcast. Last season covered the importance of referees, this season dives into coaching and it’s many forms. Available wherever you get your podcasts.

Quote: “It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt