my week summarized by the best content i consumed (in no particular order)

  1. Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and the Limits of Representation

“Biden has avoided any clear apology for his role in deepening the systemic racism in public policy that he now pledges to oppose. Nonetheless, his defenders dismiss his critics on the left as puerile and pedantic for rehashing this history. ‘Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good,’ they hector. But Biden’s failure to meaningfully acknowledge his role in constructing the “color-blind” racial regime of the post-civil-rights era, structured around calls for law and order and the coded…


creds: jemma kwak

my week summarized by the best content i consumed (in no particular order)

  1. Ezra Klein: The moral philosophy of The Good Place
  2. Tenet directed by Christopher Nolan
  3. The Story of a Cap Table: Affirm

“When Levchin came to explain Affirm to Lightspeed’s broader partnership, he didn’t bring a pitch deck — a perk of being one of the most in-demand founders in Silicon Valley. So instead of the normal one-page document that is customary at the firm, Liew wrote a lengthy memo to his partnership, explaining the deal dynamics and the pitch for Affirm. …


creds: jemma kwak

my week summarized by the best content i consumed (in no particular order)

  1. Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman
  2. How hard should I push myself?

“How hard should I push myself?

It’s a question I ask myself a lot, and I bet you do too. On the one hand I really want to push myself. I’m ambitious, I want to leave it all out on the field — some of my peak work moments have come from times when I’ve pushed myself to a place where I didn’t think I could go. …


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my week summarized by the best content i consumed (in no particular order)

  1. Far Out, Man

“My psychedelic experiences are divided between reverence for the infinite and ineffable and gratitude for the finite and spoken. Even now, as I recede into the edges of my body, cast out of monistic immanence into a world of mediated symbols and measured time, another desire blooms. I cherish being here, being known and cared for. (I don’t know how you feel can you tell me?) Oneness with everything risks utter isolation. Dialogue risks failure. (Don’t let me be misunderstood.) To know God, to…


creds: jemma kwak

my week summarized by the best content i consumed (in no particular order)

  1. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  2. What If You Could Do It All Over?

Swept up in our real lives, we quickly forget about the unreal ones. Still, there will be moments when, for good or for ill, we feel confronted by our unrealized possibilities; they may even, through their persistence, shape us. Practitioners of mindfulness tell us that we should look away, returning our gaze to the actual, the here and now. But we might have the opposite impulse, as Miller does. He wants…


creds: jemma kwak

In 2020, I read 25 books, watched 58 films, and listened to 102 podcast episodes. Here’s my best of (in no particular order):

📗 BOOKS

  1. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
  2. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  3. Exhalation by Ted Chiang
  4. Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong
  5. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

🎥 FILMS:

  1. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon directed by Ang Lee
  2. Good Will Hunting directed by Gus Van Sant
  3. Honey Boy directed by Alma Har’el
  4. Borat directed by Larry Charles
  5. Blindspotting directed by Carlos López Estrada

🎧 PODS:

  1. The Ezra Klein Show: Ta-Nehisi Coates on race, racism…


creds: jemma kwak

my week summarized by the best content i consumed (in no particular order)

  1. DoorDash Delivers a Fairy-Tale Flywheel

“The argument appears to be that as DoorDash grows, (1) it establishes network effects that will make the platform stickier for both consumers and merchants, thereby providing pricing power to DoorDash. Additionally, (2) this will lead to greater economies of scale, i.e. ability to manage costs, and (3) an increasingly valuable brand that makes DoorDash the first company customers, merchants, and Dashers alike think about when they need to make decisions.”

2. Song Exploder: Billie Eilish — Everything I Wanted

3. What…


creds: jemma kwak

my week summarized by the best content i consumed (in no particular order)

  1. The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu
  2. Radiolab: Deception
  3. 99% Invisible: Noble Effort
  4. Looney Tunes backgrounds take on a new life when curated by Beñat Iturbe Hualde

“Occasionally, we find an account which changes how we view these images, that re-contextualise scenes that we have previously seen but did not quite appreciate. Beñat Iturbe Hualde, a TV writer and comedian from the Basque country, does exactly this, in his account Looney Tunes Background. Described as “Looney Tunes without Looney Tunes,” the account curates backgrounds from…


creds: jemma kwak

my week summarized by the best content i consumed (in no particular order)

  1. Time to Say Goodbye: Asians are white again, pandemic rage, what to expect from Biden, and mega free trade
  2. Borat directed by Larry Charles
  3. The Garden of Forking Memes: How Digital Media Distorts Our Sense of Time

“Digital media has done away with the very thing that created our sense of history: imperfect memory. The process of creating a historical narrative (or any story, for that matter) involves discarding an enormous amount of information. It’s like chipping away at a big block of marble until you’re left…


creds: jemma kwak

my week summarized by the best content i consumed (in no particular order)

  1. Check your Pulse #55

“The business of good taste has been well documented. There are plenty of businesses that address the question “what should I read?”; The Browser, Listory, Matter, Everything, to name a few.

But thus far, the conversation around “curation” has been too focused on the content — “what should I read?” — and not enough on the structure — “how do we collect, store, and contextualize the information we consume?” We seem to have forgotten that the goal is not to consume more information…

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