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The best of what I’m reading, watching, and exploring (November 2023)

Posted in the following categories: Motivation

From time to time, instead of my usual email with one big idea you can read in 3 minutes or less, I share with you the best of what I’m reading, watching, and exploring. Enjoy!


Foundry by Eliot Peper. Eliot Peper does it again with this near-future thriller that’s as much a commentary on our world as it is an enthralling story. If you loved his previous hit, Reap3r, brace yourself—Foundry takes the game to a new level. Here’s my official blurb for the book: “Eliot Peper’s genius? Making the unbelievable feel like it’s just around the corner. Dive in, but don’t expect to come up for air anytime soon.”

Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson. Before you roll your eyes and mumble “Ugh, Elon Musk,” hear me out. This bio, crafted by the inimitable Walter Isaacson, dives into the enigmatic and divisive persona that is Musk. It’s not about lionizing him or his ventures; it’s about inspecting the circuitry behind a human motherboard of innovation and controversy. Reading this book doesn’t mean you endorse every Twitter tirade—it means you’re open to exploring the labyrinthine psychology of a man who quite literally aims for the stars.


Barbie. (Amazon Prime | Apple TV+) I know, I’m late to the party, but this film is fantastic. I’m officially a Greta Gerwig fan.

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. (Starz | Apple TV+) Nicolas Cage plays Nicolas Cage in an Inception-esque comedy that only Cage could pull off. It’s like an SNL sketch on steroids, and it’s downright Cage-tastic.

Flora and Son. (Apple TV+) This comedy-drama is a rollercoaster ride of emotions set to a soundtrack that’s nothing short of magical. It’s like La La Land met Lady Bird in a quirky Irish pub and decided to make a movie.

Bottoms. (Amazon Prime | Apple TV+) One of the funniest films of the year. It’s not just “over the top,” it catapults over the top, circles it a few times for good measure, and lands in a dimension where absurdity reigns supreme.

Man on Fire. (HBO Max) This isn’t just a movie; it’s a thrill ride. If you cheered for Maximus in Gladiator, you’ll be on the edge of your seat for this one. (Shoutout to my trainer Anthony Sandbothe for the recommendation).


Sex Education Season 4. (Netflix) I loved the final season of this comedy series as much as the first. The series continues to tackle taboos head-on while delivering laughs and tugs at your heartstrings. It’s not just about sex; it’s a primer on the messy, glorious intricacies of human connection, served with a side of laugh-out-loud humor. One of my all-time favorites.

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