Welcome to September 2021’s Disappearing Moment, an inventory of opinions and experiences. I hope you enjoy it.
- Jacked (I Liked It): Taraji P. Henson tells the story of New Jack Swing, and she is exquisite. The kitsch I anticipated, the tragedy not so much.
- Xai, how are you? (I Loved It): Queer Talmud is my happy place?! At least with Xava, a divine and glittering scholar, and her partner and foil, Michael.
I was loyal to Weather.gov for its objectivity and directness. Dark Sky won me over with its specificity and design, especially around precipitation.
I buy my protein powder, creatine, beta-alanine, and citrulline malate from True Nutrition. They have great prices, quality, and customer service, and an excellent website.
Personal Finance and Investing
Borrow books on personal finance from your public library. Which books? See below.
- Nadia Eghbal , “The New American University” (I Liked It): It takes imagination and will to turn a problem inside out. That’s what Arizona State University appears to have done with admissions and retention.
- Irving Greenberg, The Triumph of Life (as yet unpublished) (I Liked It): It helped me see the beauty in Modern Orthodox Judaism.
- Wendy Molyneux, “Oh My Fucking God, Get the Fucking Vaccine Already, You Fucking Fucks” (A Personal Favorite): Cathartic.
- Susan Fowler Rigetti “Schedules, Goals, Dreams, and Dinosaurs” (I Liked It): Like Susan Rigetti, I long to learn and create. I appreciate the care she puts into setting priorities and organizing her time.
- Eric Trexler, “The Definitive Diet Setup Guide” (I Loved It): A clear summary of the factors for athletes to consider when deciding what to eat.
Ten Books on Personal Finance
In the September 2021 issue of Library Journal, John Rodzvilla recommends ten books on personal finance:
- Broke Millennial Talks Money by Erin Lowry (2020)
- Clever Girl Finance by Bola Sokunbi (2019)
- Get Good with Money by Tiffany Aliche (2021)
- How Much Money Do I Need To Retire? by Todd R. Tresidder (2020)
- How To Make Your Money Last by Jane Bryant Quinn (2020)
- I Will Teach You To Be Rich: No Guilt by Ramit Sethi (2019)
- The Money Manual by Tonya B. Rapley (2018)
- The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey (2013)
- The Ultimate Retirement Guide for 50+ by Suze Orman (2020)
- Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin, and Joe Dominguez (2018)
I don’t include any of these books in my top ten. These are the books I recommend instead:
- The Bond Book by Annette Thau (2010)
- How to Change by Katy Milkman (2021)
- The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham (2006)
- The Little Book of Common Sense Investing by John C. Bogle (2017)
- Morningstar’s 30-Minute Money Solutions by Christine Benz (2011)
- The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need by Andrew Tobias (2016)
- The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel (2021)
- Quit Like a Millionaire by Kristy Shen and Bryce Leung (2019)
- A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton G. Malkiel (2019)
- What to Do with Your Money When Crisis Hits by Michelle Singletary (2021)
Thanks for spending a few moments with me. I look forward to corresponding again next month.