READING LOG

This page is for me to chronicle various things I am reading, watching, or otherwise appreciating. This only includes things I read for pleasure or personal curiosity and excludes the wealth of reading I conduct for my various research projects. 

- Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by James Agee and Walker Evans is perhaps one of the most captivating pieces I have ever read. In addition to serving as a bible of sorts for phenomenological research, this book is passionate and masterfully crafted. Through sharing the heartbreaking story of impoverished share croppers the American depression-era south, this book provokes critical self reflection of one's morals and what it means to do research.  

- "Boy with Bottles" is a photograph by Henri Cartier-Bresson that I have been infatuated with since I was first exposed to Cartier-Bresson's work and his impact on the discipline of documentary photography. 

- Hamlet by William Shakespeare is perhaps my favorite play. This semester, I have had the chance to perform one of Hamlet's monologues from Act III Scene 4 (his confrontation with Gertrude). This project has allowed me to re-read Hamlet and fall in love with the story yet again. 

- Neurofitness: A Brain Surgeon's Secrets to Boost Performance and Unleash Creativity by Rahul Jandial, MD, PhD. This book cuts through psychological myths about productivity and brain health and focuses solely on what the current body of neurological research suggests about brain health. This is basically a research-backed self-health book that gave me a lot to think about over the summer. 

- Joyful by Ingrid Fetell Lee argues that joy is what makes life worth living, so we should stop thinking of it as superfluous or childish, and rather work it into our daily lives and routines. A creative writer and interior designer, Ingrid Fetell Lee taught me a lot about the aesthetics of joy and made me want to fill my days with play, celebration, and lots and lots of color.

 

- How Not to be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking by Jordan Ellenberg is a wonderful showcase of how everyday people can employ mathematical thinking and reasoning to problem solve and better understand the world around them. Ellenberg has a wonderful way of outlining lofty principles in such a way that someone without much of a math background such as myself can understand and apply the principles. 

-  Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari is a best seller for good reason! It is a captivating read about how we as a species got to where we are today, beginning prehistory and moving at lightning speed through the scientific revolution, rise of capitalism, and much more. It made me really reflect on the fact that humans are a part of nature just like all other beings, and we have a lot of work to do to ensure we exist in harmony with other species. 

Emotional Agility by Susan David is a literature review of emotion research through the lens of self-help. David details human tendencies and theories of emotion with the goal of aiding the reader in becoming more flexible, adaptable, and of course, agile.