What I’m Into — December 2020 Edition
A Look a What’s Been Inspiring Me As We (Finally) Near the End of 2020
I’ll keep this short — for anyone looking for something to pass the time with this holiday season, here’s a list of what I’ve been into lately.
- The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh: I’ve been slowly drifting from Catholicism since I graduated high school, and wanted to see if I could satisfy my spiritual impulse with a different religion. I commend TNH for his straightforward writing style, but Buddhism is not for me. I honestly felt like I was in school again with all the virtues, truths, and noble deeds I had to memorize to make sense of the practice. I think you would do better with a few youtube videos if you’re interested.
- Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel: given to me by a friend (thanks again Joe :), this book has a list of 20 super easy to digest rules/lessons on money that have nothing to do with money itself, but more so our relationship with it and the emotions it allows us to access. I sped through the 250 pages in about a week and found myself putting the book down to have an “aha moment” numerous times. For someone with a solid knowledge of finance and bankers for parents, I’m surprised I never sat to think more deeply about money’s psychology. Nevertheless, I’m extremely glad I checked it out, and urge you to do the same. It will definitely help you understand your financial habits better than any other book.
*I’m currently reading Trump’s niece’s book and have Obama’s Memoir on the docket — those will be for edition 3*
- Dominic Fike: can’t believe I didn’t find this guy earlier on. I feel like he came out of nowhere, which he kind of did with his smash hit 3 Nights (which took me about 60 straight plays to get sick of). I absolutely love his sound because it’s so authentic and unique. There are clear anxious undertones that lends itself to a precision in the instrumentation and mixing that I really appreciate and resonates through the speakers. I feel somewhat tense listening to his music, but in a way that motivates me to enjoy it even more, almost to spite that feeling. Anyway, I have a feeling this guy’s gonna be extremely successful. I just hope we don’t lose him before then. In addition to 3 Nights, I love Wurli, Politics & Violence, and Açaí Bowl.
- Jack Harlow: Been following him on the underground for a minute now, and he’s officially made it with his hit singles and debut album That’s What They All Say, which came out a few weeks ago. I’m personally pretty disappointed by it, but happy that he’s getting his chance to shine. Keep it Light, Same Guy, and 21C/Delta are all good, but Eastern Parkway and River Road (from other projects) are his two best songs.
- Logic: I was a huge Logic fan in high school (shirts, posters, you name it) and he was my first concert, but really haven’t enjoyed his music since about 2017. Needless to say, his final album, No Pressure, has the best lyricism and depth in years and is a great way to end a very personally influential career in hip-hop. 5 Hooks, Man I Is, and Open Mic/Aquarius III are my favorites. Also check out The Incredible True Story, my favorite album of his.
- King of Staten Island: A semi-biopic starring Pete Davidson that takes a look into his upbringing on his (and New York’s) least popular borough. I’m personally a big Pete fan and think he’s pretty misunderstood, so I thoroughly enjoyed the glimpse into his struggles. Male adolescence is hard enough as is, but finding out who you are as a man without a father to serve as a role model made me very grateful for my Dad’s example, both good and bad. The film itself is very funny thanks to Pete and Bill Burr, who did an amazing job in his role as Pete’s Mom’s boyfriend. I paid $20 to watch it early back in June and would recommend it even at that price point. A bit long but a great watch if you’re at all intrigued by Pete.
- The Social Dilemma: yes, I finally got around to it, and no, there isn’t any explanation needed here. Overly sensationalized, but to make a well-intended point. Well worth a watch for anyone looking to think.
- Big Mouth: I mean, who doesn’t love an inappropriate show about puberty? Currently on its 4th season and not showing any signs of slowing down, this comedic powerhouse make me jealous of the kids going through puberty now. Seriously, it addresses issues of adolescence better than any “roundtable” or “conversation” I ever attended as a teen and also makes me laugh a ton. Coach Steve is also my spirit animal.
- House: speaking of childhood, this is a re-watch from my youth that proved my interest in psychology was there as long as I have been. An extremely dark, very much not PC show about a medical genius plagued by individual demons and his team’s efforts to save the lives of people with extraordinarily complicated illnesses. Each episode focuses on a new case and it’s fun watching the puzzles pieces come together throughout the 42–43 minutes. Only on season 3 of 8 so far but I really enjoy the humor (the show’s from the mid-late 2000s and there’s NO WAY it could get away with its jokes now) as well as the character development. Highly highly recommend.
And that’s it! Let me know if there’s anything I should check out and in the meantime, stay tuned for my 2021 wishlist!