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Unsolicited Recommendations – January 2015

In Books, Chicago, Education, Events, Film, literature, music, Technology, University of Chicago on February 8, 2015 at 9:30 am


App –  Microsoft’s Outlook App for the iPhone is great (so far) for those of us who have to use exchange for our work-lives.  I get that it’s a rebrand of some technology that Microsoft bought, but from my point of view I’m less concerned about the app’s origin and mostly concerned w/ functionality.

Book – I didn’t read much in January, but I did enjoy* (with the caveat that “enjoy” is constrained to the genre, and the rules of the genre, thus a business book is always just an insight or two wrapped in a litany of stories that are an odd mix of poor decisions or common sense) Scaling Excellence:  Getting to more without settling for less.

Graphic Novel – Rob Rodi’s “Thor & Loki:  Blood Brothers” was a fun read.

Album –  I’m of the (advanced) age where “Sukierae” by Tweedy sounds good to me.

Documentary –  Two documentaries from Netflix that I enjoyed in January were: “Something Ventured” on American Venture Capitalism and the 3-D printing documentary “Print the Legend

Film –  Selma!  Powerful.

Articles – I don’t (yet) have a good method of tracking the best articles I’ve read online, but from memory, I enjoyed:  Next City’s profile of Derek Douglas (who happens to be my boss at UChicago), everything about this Humans of New York profiling a school in Brooklyn story,  and John Lewis’s take on Selma and its attendant controversies.

TV – PBS’s “Shakespeare Uncovered” is good.  The King Lear episode might make you rethink how original “Empire” is.   Also,  Star Wars: Rebels manages to channel the spirit of Star Wars in an enjoyable way.

Events/Speakers – You should try to see Cornel West in person.  He’s very present in his surroundings and engaged with his audience.  Also, if there are more events surrounding the School Project in Chicago, you should go.  Passionately committed people trying to figure out how to make education work in chicago (particularly after the school closings).



In Film on January 29, 2012 at 10:16 am

MoneyballI have to admit that I liked “Moneyball” much more than I thought I would.  Well worth-watching!

As a baseball fan, I’d have liked Hudson-Mulder-Zito to have gotten more credit for the A’s success during both seasons (and either Beane or his scouts to have gotten credit for drafting them).

Michael Lewis’s book is also still worth-reading, but as the conventional wisdom in baseball continuously adopts (and refines) more of the Bill James / sabermetric point of view, I wonder how dated Moneyball will feel to a contemporary reader.

Netflix Streaming: Fela – Music is the Weapon, Konkombe – The Nigerian Pop Music Scene

In Africa, Film on January 2, 2012 at 8:56 am


Some 70s African Music Recommendations from the Netflix Streaming Catalog:

Fela Kuti:  Music is the Weapon

Fela is at his charismatic talented best in this short documentary highlighting his rise, situation, and talents.

Konkombe:  The Nigerian Music Scene

Another short documentary on African musicians that highlights the 70s in all their glory and the variety of the Nigerian music scene in particular.  Interesting enough on it’s own, it’s particularly good as a compliment to “Fela Kuti:  Music is the Weapon” to see Fela in context.

Netflix Streaming: Black Power Mixtape & The 9 Lives of Marion Berry

In Film on January 1, 2012 at 12:40 am

Two recommendations from the Netflix Streaming catalog:

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

Fantastic historical footage, particularly of Stokey Carmichael, Fred Hampton, Angela Davis, and Farrakhan.  A must see for anyone interested in the 60s, 70s, Civil Rights, or Race Relations.

The Nine Lives of Marion Barry

Marion Barry is shown in all his complexity from his highest to lowest moments.  Well worth-watching.