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Reading Material

Fiction

  • Call me by Your Name by André Aciman
  • A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet
  • A Pilgrimage to Eternity and The Immortal Irishman by Timothy Egan
  • Agatha Christie – her entire collection!
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • Soif by Amélie Nothomb
  • Ants Among Elephants by Sujatha Gidla
  • Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • Book of Dust Trilogy by Phillip Pullman
  • Brideshead Revisited, The Sacred & Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder by Evelyn Waugh
  • Bunny by Mona Awad
  • Children of the New World by Alexander Weinstein
  • Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris
  • City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Confederacy of Dunces by John Kenney Toole
  • Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
  • Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Dubliners by James Joyce
  • Einstein by Walter Isaacson
  • French Prix Goncourt by Jean-Paul Dubois
  • Furia by Yamile Saied Mendez
  • Future Sounds by David Stubbs
  • Grant by Ron Chernow
  • Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker
  • His Dark Materials Triology by Phillip Pullman
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • Lilac Girls by Martha Kelly
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  • Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse
  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
  • Normal People by Sally Rooney
  • Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
  • On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
  • One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston
  • Room with a View by EM Forster
  • Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe
  • Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
  • Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella
  • Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  • Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
  • The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Boys of Winter by Wayne Coffey
  • The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  • The Chain by Adrian McKinty
  • The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
  • The Earthsea Trilogy by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Flick by Annie Baker
  • The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
  • The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman
  • The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  • The Knockout Queen by Rufi Thorpe
  • The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • The Overstory by Richard Powers
  • The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • The Soul of America by Jon Meacham
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
  • The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
  • The Year of the French by Thomas Flanagan
  • Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
  • Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
  • Where I’m Calling From by Raymond Carver
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  • You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine by Alexandra Kleeman

Short Stories

  • A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor
  • A Very Short Story by Ernest Hemingway
  • A&P by John Updike
  • An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce
  • Girl by Jamaica Kincaid
  • Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway
  • Rape Fantasies by Margaret Atwood
  • Selected Stories by Andre Dubus
  • The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe
  • The Essays of E.B. White
  • The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe
  • The Last Question by Isaac Asimov
  • The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
  • The Minister’s Black Veil by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allen Poe
  • The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Stories of Jon Cheever
  • The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin
  • The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe
  • The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories, edited by Tobias Wolf
  • Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
  • To Build a Fire by Jack London
  • Winter Dreams by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Non-Fiction & Memoir

  • We Keep the Dead Close by Becky Cooper
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
  • Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World–and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Anna Rosling Rönnlund
  • Atomic Habits by James Clear
  • Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Born to Run by Christopher McDougal
  • Call Me American by Abdi Nor Iftin
  • Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
  • Crucible of Hell by Saul David
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  • Educated by Tara Westover
  • Freakonomics by Stephen Levitt
  • Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger by Rebecca Traister
  • How the Irish Became White by Noel Ignatiev
  • How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi
  • I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley
  • Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • Just Us: An American Conversation by Claudia Rankine
  • Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Libertarian Walks Into a Bear: The Utopian Plot to Liberate an American Town (And Some Bears) by Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling
  • Mamba Mentality by Kobe Bryant
  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
  • Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir by Natasha Trethewey
  • Rome’s Last Citizen: The Life and Legacy of Cato, Mortal Enemy of Caesar by Rob Goodman
  • Sapiens: A Graphic History: The Birth of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  • Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe
  • Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports are Played and Games are Won by Tobias Moskowitz
  • Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
  • The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life by Anu Partanen
  • The Storm on Our Shores by Mark Obmascik
  • Three Cornered War: The Union, The Confederacy, and the Native Peoples in the Fight for the West  by Megan Kate Nelson
  • Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino
  • Twilight of the Gods by Steven Hayden
  • Untamed by Glennon Doyle
  • Zami by Audre Lorde

Movies

  • 2 Idiots (2016)
  • All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020)
  • Being There (1979)
  • Brooklyn Castle (2012)
  • Crazy Stupid Love (2011)
  • Dangal (2016)
  • Do the Right Thing (1989)
  • Dolor y Gloria / Pain and Gloria (2019)
  • Hamilton (2020)
  • Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018)
  • I Am Not Your Negro (2016)
  • Jingle Jangle (2020)
  • Marriage Story (2019)
  • Palm Springs (2020)
  • Parasite (2019)
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)
  • The Bikes of Wrath (2018)
  • The Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
  • Toy Story 4 (2019)

TV Shows

  • All American
  • Alone
  • Any episode of SNL that John Mulvaney stars in
  • Arrested Development
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • Barry – Bill Hader
  • Bojack Horseman
  • Cable Girls
  • Caddyshack
  • Chuck
  • Commissario Montalbano
  • Crash Landing On You
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  • Dark
  • Devs
  • Dickinson
  • Elite
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • Hillbilly Elegy
  • His Dark Materials
  • Hollywood
  • How To with John Wilson
  • I am Not Okay With This
  • I May Destroy You
  • Law & Order
  • Little Fires Everywhere
  • Lovecraft Country
  • Man in the High Castle
  • Money Heist / Casa de Papel
  • My Octopus Teacher
  • New Girl
  • Outer Banks
  • Peaky Blinders and Waco
  • Queer Eye
  • Ratched
  • Schitt’s Creek
  • Space Force
  • Succession
  • The Crown
  • The Good Place
  • The Great
  • The Great British Baking Show
  • The Last Dance
  • The Leftovers
  • The Mandalorian
  • The Office
  • The Queen’s Gambit
  • The Social Dilemma
  • The Stranger
  • The Tudors
  • The Umbrella Academy
  • The Undoing
  • The West Wing
  • Tiger King
  • Unbelievable
  • Upload
  • Who Wants to be A Millionaire
  • Yellowstone
  • Young Adult

Music

  • grae, Moses Sumney
  • MAGDALENE, FKA Twigs
  • My Own Soul’s Warning, The Killers
  • Nightly, Donald Fagen
  • Punisher,  Phoebe Bridgers
  • Shore, Fleet Foxes
  • Songs from the Big Chair, Tears for Fears

Podcasts

True Crime

  • Accused – Season 1
  • Broken Harts
  • CaseFile
  • Criminal
  • Dirty John
  • Dr. Death
  • Happy Face
  • In The Dark – Season 1
  • Joe Exotic
  • My Favorite Murder
  • Radio Rental
  • Serial
  • The Drop Out
  • The Dropout
  • The Murder Squad
  • Undisclosed

Government, Politics, & History

  • 1619
  • Bag Man
  • Caliphate
  • Code Switch
  • Embedded
  • Hardcore History
  • His Land Podcast
  • Louder than a Riot
  • More Perfect
  • Nice White Parents
  • Planet Money
  • Pod Save America
  • Pod Save The World
  • Revisionist History
  • Slow Burn
  • The Argument
  • The Daily
  • The New Washington
  • Trump, Inc.
  • Up First

Stories

  • Death, Sex, and Money
  • Heavyweight
  • Rough Translation
  • S-Town
  • Snap Judgment
  • The Dropout
  • The Moth
  • This American Life

Entrepreneurship

  • How I Built This
  • The All-In Podcast
  • The Business of Fashion podcast
  • The Startup Podcast

Miscellaneous

  • Comedy Bang Bang
  • Home Cooking
  • Radiolab
  • Reply All
  • Secular Buddhism
  • TED Radio Hour
  • The Dream
  • The Magic Lantern
  • The Rewatchables
  • This Podcast Will Kill You

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