Michael's Monthly Recommendations (May 2018)

Michael Fairley

31 May 2018

I read, watch, listen to, play, and use a ton of different things every month, and I pick out a few of my favorites to recommend.

Slay the Spire   Mega Crit
Roguelike, deckbuilding goodness. I’ve been playing a tonnn of this, and I’d be shocked if it doesn’t end up being my Game of the Year.

A Series of Mysterious Packages   Planet Money
A woman regularly receives packages she didn’t order, filled with junk she doesn’t want. It turns out they’re part of a clever scheme to game online marketplace reviews, and Planet Money hunts down the full story about how it all works.

THE WISDOM and/or MADNESS of CROWDS and An Interactive Introduction to Attractor Landscapes   Nicky Case
All of Nicky’s Explorable Explanations are great, and their two newest are no exception.

Pain Funnel   Reply All
A disturbing story of how a bunch of rehab centers scammed a boat load of money from insurance companies while providing horrible “care” to their clients.

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold   John le Carré
Old school, gripping, twisty, appropriately-short, Cold War spy thriller. I enjoyed this so much I immediately put holds on some of his other books at the library.

Has the West Lost It? Can Asia Save It?   Seminars About Long-term Thinking
Interesting talk + discussion about some of the ways the US and Europe are lagging behind parts of Asia.

Cloud Atlas   David Mitchell
The interesting parts of this book are spoiled the second you say anything about it, so I won’t say anything about it, other than it does something pretty ambitious and manages to pull it off. (Oh, and if you don’t enjoy the first 40 or so pages – I certainly didn’t – keep reading anyway!)

Glen Weyl on Radical Markets   EconTalk
Bizarre and interesting ideas about ways to restructure property taxes and real estate markets.

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