The Prestigious Ashurbanipal Award: Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss
I am somewhat self-conscious about this one, not only because the name of the book sounds so self-helpy and clickbaity, but also because of its very odd structure. Ferriss breaks the book into “healthy,” “wealthy,” and “wise” sections, which means that the best parts of the book are hidden at the end, and the opening part is an absolutely bizarre romp through the strange health and fitness world of Tim Ferriss, including acroyoga (!?), fasting retreats, exogenous ketones, beet root powders, hyperbaric chambers, homemade horror saunas, and learning to hold your breath for seven minutes for some reason.
But I recommend this book because much of the later stuff is so absolutely fantastic. Even simple reminders to look up to the sky when meditating, how to think about your finances, and, thanks in large part to Eric Weinstein, great wisdom on what’s wrong on campus and our conformist culture. Sam Harris shares great insight, Gabby Giffords’ goodness somehow just shines through, and Malcolm Gladwell vents about higher ed, saying:
The worst advice that, in general, we give in America is that we terrify high school kids about their college choices. All things related to college fall under the category of bad advice. As you will find out when you listen to my rants about college [on Revisionist History], I think the American college system needs to be blown up and they need to start over.
I will be listening to parts of this again and again for its wisdom and insight, including director Robert Rodriguez’s advice on how to incorporate creativity into your daily life and Tim Krieder’s spirited defense of the value of being lazy. I also deeply appreciate Tim Ferriss being open and honest about his experiences with depression and contemplating suicide. I’m glad more people are doing that. It’s important for people to know that a lot of us have confronted that at one time or another.The Prestigious Fats Waller Award: Man in The Moon by Kid Cudi
The Prestigious Fats Waller Award this month goes to one of my favorite albums of all time: 2009’s Man in The Moon by Kid Cudi. It is a hip-hop concept album about dealing with mental health issues. A lot of its best songs are definitely not safe for work, but we did play them at our wedding, because we love them so much.
The Prestigious Jack Kirby Award: Marvel Unlimited
Last year I decided to pick individual classic Marvel series and read them from first issue to last issue all the way through. I have already done this with The Incredible Hulk, and am now on to the Fantastic Four. It is so much fun, and so interesting, and there will be more to report there.
Here is a highlight from this week.