2019 Favorites: Books, Music, Documentaries, and Podcasts

Here’s some content from 2019 that I found noteworthy and enjoyed feeding my mind with. Perhaps some will resonate with you as well.

Books

  • Enlightenment Now
  • The Mind Illuminated
  • Why Buddhism is True
  • Becoming
  • Culture Code
  • Factfulness
  • Refactoring UI
  • The Brain: The Story of You
  • The Story of Your Life and Others
  • The Exhalation: Stories
  • The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories

Music

  • Mostly my favorite electronic and sometimes jazz music for focus on Spotify
  • Top played: Tycho, Blackmill, Jon Hopkins, Odesza, Phaeleh, Chopin, Bach, Jimmy Smith, Aphex Twin, Grant Green, Bonobo, Brian Eno, Bill Evans, Youandewan
  • New discoveries: East Forest, Tourist, Monolink, Jan Blomqvist, Jonas Saalbach, Laraaji, and Khruangbin

Documentaries and Movies

  • The Mind Explained by Vox on Netflix
  • General Magic
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • One Strange Rock
  • Green Book

Podcasts

  • This Week In Startups
  • How I Built This
  • Rhonda Patrick’s Foundmyfitness
  • Selectively: Making Sense, Peter Attia’s Drive, Tim Ferriss, Startup Straight Talk by Atrium, YC, a16z, Below the Line
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My Favorite Spotify Playlists for Productivity and Focus

Some people liked the Spotify Playlists I shared last time, so I thought I’d share a few more. I wouldn’t claim that these four are the best but they are definitely my favorites when it comes working or studying:

  1. Electronic music, mostly medium to fast tempo, 1,039 songs.
  2. Electronic music, mostly slow to medium tempo, 1,661 songs.
  3. Electronic ambient drone music — super slow, for very occasional use when the deep focus is needed or when everything else seems too distracting. 321 songs.
  4. Jazz music with no vocals or saxophone, 454 songs.

I’ll also embed them here:

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