5/24/20 Weekly Roundup

Currently Reading: Churchill: Walking with Destiny – Andrew Roberts. Quite possibly the greatest biography I’ve ever read. Incredibly researched and detailed…the world would look very different if Churchill weren’t in power during the war. After reading, you may agree with Sir Winston that, “we are all worms, but I do believe that I am a glow worm.” Other Churchill recommendations: The Power of Words, The Churchill Factor (by PM Boris Johnson), The Splendid and the Vile, and a must for any Churchillian: The Last Lion box set.

On Repeat: Leonard Cohen, Live in London – Highly underrated.

Notable Podcasts: The Daily Stoic – Each day, Ryan Holiday presents a short thought on a Stoic principle to think about during the day. Recommend the companion email newsletter. Ryan’s books are all must reads…my favorites: The Obstacle is the Way, Ego is the Enemy, and his newest, Stillness is the Key.

Quote of the Week: “What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.” – Carl Sagan