So I watched Friends with Money on Netflix. It’s about three female friends who are rich and have husbands and another female friend who is single and works as a maid. The fourth friend’s name is Olivia, and at the end of the movie she dates Marty. She used to clean his house and thought he was an unemployed loser. When she calls to tell her she’s quitting, he asks her out. She says yes and brings him to a fancy fundraising dinner that she attends with her friends. Before the dinner, they talk in his apartment, and they hit it off. At the end of the date, he reveals to her that he is rich, so rich that he doesn’t have to work. She is delighted. She finally hit the jackpot. She has sex with him, but the morning after, something else hits her.
The movie Nise: The Heart of Madness is based on the real story of Brazilian Psychiatrist Dr. Nise da Silveira. In the movie, she was the only female doctor in a mental hospital in Rio de Janeiro. Unlike her colleagues, she was opposed to electroshock therapy and lobotomy, and instead she introduced art therapy. This led to the patients creating incredible works of art which earned the respect of art critics. Her colleagues though were not as enthralled, and they did something incredibly heartless.
Riverdale is a show based on the Archie comics, but instead of it being funny and cute, it’s actually dark and scandalous. In the show, there are two families that hate each other: the Coopers and the Blossoms. In the episode The Outsiders (Season 1, Episode 8), Alice Cooper gets angry at her husband Hal for trying to make their teenage daughter Polly abort her baby. Alice says it’s just like what he did to her. Hal defends what he did by saying she wasn’t ready for the baby back then. Hal also expresses his hatred for Blossom blood. So what does this scene mean? Can it also give us an inkling about what started the Cooper-Blossom feud?
How Do You Know is a film about a softball player Lisa who did not get in Team USA. This event leads her to rethink her life and rush into a relationship with a big shot pitcher named Matty. By the end of the movie, Lisa breaks up with Matty and goes for George, but I think she should have chosen Matty.
On Alibaba: The House that Jack Ma Built by Duncan Clark: Jack Ma is impressive. He was an English teacher before he became an entrepreneur. Baka may pag-asa pa ako! He befriended an Australian family to practice his English. His letters to them had spaces in between the lines so that they could comment on his English. The Australian family gave him money when he needed it. It’s important for him to take care of his customers and employees.
Bought on impulse. Didn’t think I’d like it but I did. Cool because it’s not some technical economics thinger. Writing is engaging. Lots of stories. Wish I’ll meet an expert and we’ll collaborate as well. Interesting discussions in the book: legalized abortion led to lower crime rates, selling drugs pays low, what parents are affects the kids rather than what they do, the difference between correlation and causality and how that can affect policies (ineffective policy of giving books to kids just because there is data that presence of books at home is correlated to high grades, they are correlated but not the cause, books might be indicators of smart parents and an environment that values learning but not the cause of smarter kids). The economist in the book is not good at traditional economic stuff like stock market and business but that gave him the edge. Maybe someday I’ll find my unique thinger too.
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Gred Mckeown is not such a well-written book compared to the others on this list. However, this is the book that introduced me to the idea that “the undisciplined pursuit of more is a key reason for failure”, thus it is important to “distinguish the trivial many from the vital few”. I know, I know, I am sometimes proud of being a Renaissance woman, but after I read this book, I was able to free myself from a lot of unnecessary things that were bogging me down.