Starting from January 2024, I will regularly share some of the best books I have read. I maintain a high standard for recommending a book here; my broader readings can be found here. The list is in no particular order.

  1. Lee Kuan Yew – From Third World to First: The Singapore Story: 1965-2000
  2. Cixin Liu – Remembrance of Earth’s Past
  3. Graham Moore – The Last Days of Night
  4. Ted Chiang – Exhalation and Story of Your Life
  5. Stefan Zweig – The World of Yesterday
  6. Thomas Mann – Magic Mountain
  7. Robert Caro – LBJ Biography Series
  8. John Didion – Most of her books, in particular: Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Play It As It Lays, The Year of Magical Thinking
  9. George Orwell – Books vs. Cigarettes

Here are some of my all-time favourite books, including the Classics and textbooks:

  1. MTW – Gravitation is my favourite GR textbook.
  2. Edwin Abbott – Flatland is an exhilarating “mathematical fiction”.
  3. Norbert Wiener – Cybernetics
  4. Hal Varian – Microeconomic Analysis
  5. J. W. von Goethe – Faust
  6. Leo Strauss – Persecution and The Art of Writing, On Tyranny
  7. F. A. Hayek – The Use of Knowledge in Society and The Intellectuals and Socialism
  8. Marcel Proust – Swann’s Way

Here are some of my favourite literary essays:

  1. David Foster Wallace – Consider the Lobster

Some of my favourite movies:

  1. Alfred Hitchcock – The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Birds, Psycho, Vertigo
  2. The Right Stuff
  3. Chef’s Table on Netflix

I sometimes come across interesting memos while researching my latest curiorisities. I curate and share the most interesting ones below.

  1. “The Downfall of a Great American Airplane Company – An Insider’s Perspective” Memo by Boeing engineers on the downfall of their commercial airline division.
  2. The Secret Diary of a ‘Sustainable Investor’ Memo by Tariq Fancy, former CIO for Sustainable Investing at Blackrock, outlining why ESG is not working.