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From Las Flores, CA
July 25th, 2018

Dear Friend and Reader:

July was a blur. I found myself in the thick of digital marketing projects ala Montessori schools, enjoying lots of sunset hikes to the Top of the World, devouring my new favorite beverage ever, and reading poolside to beat the heat (literally 117 F a few Fridays ago). 

Just some of the ones I enjoyed are below. I hope you get as much out of them as I did, but as always, if you decide to go your own way, be sure to let me know where you land. 

See you in August,

In Lemony Snicket's sophomore (and much shorter) series, All the Wrong Questions, we follow him as a young detective in the derelict town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea. It's here that a priceless statue has been stolen. In its streets and suburbs reside a colorful cast of suspects. 

Much like in A Series of Unfortunate Events, Snicket's subversive humor blends easily with pointed observations about the trials and joys of growing up, of relating to adults and other children, and of trying to navigate a new, mysterious, and sometimes even tragic, world. 

This play was recommended to me by Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny, a fantastic pocket-sized book with "twenty lessons from the twentieth century," which explores the creeping tell-cards of authoritarianism.

Ionesco's exploration in just under 100 pages are as relevant and accessible as when he wrote them in post-WWII France. Rhinoceros reads like a horror-comedy with its strange mix of a surreal situation and dystopian metaphors.

Pirates ☠ Caribbean 🌊 Treasure 💰 Kraken 🐙 Cannibals 😬 Michael Crichton 🦖 
In the Republic of Gilead—a futuristic New England—women are property. They're forbidden to read, write, skip church services, flirt or touch a man other than their Commander, or possess contraband such as lingerie and music with love lyrics. They cannot leave the house without permission.

Homosexuals, atheists, and other impure individuals are hunted by soldiers, then hanged from Gilead's high stone wall as reminders to citizens that they're all 'Under His Eye.' A Handmaid's only hope is to get pregnant from their Commander, and as fast as possible, else they're shipped off to the colonies, an anarchical cesspool beyond the frontiers of 'civilization.' 

Clocking in at just over 300 pages, The Handmaid's Tale is a powerful read. I haven't seen the hulu original series starring Elizabeth Moss, but if it's just half as good as the book, I'll be delighted.


I'm Not Racist

"I hope that maybe we can come
to an understanding." 

Joseph Campbell & 
The Power of Myth

The father of mythology explores the world's oldest stories and how they shape our present.


Badass Financial Freedom

This guy retired* at 30 via radical savings and conservative investments—here's how.


Thanks so much for reading. If you get something out of these emails and the blog, it would really mean the world to me if you would forward this email to a friend or family member. That way I can continue to grow this community. It helps a lot and of course so does clicking through my blog's links to Amazon to make a purchase. Whether you buy the books I linked to or something else entirely, I'll get a small percentage of the sales from Amazon, which helps to offset the costs of building and growing my blog. It's been a fun side project so far, but I'd love to one day do it full time if there's enough support.

See you next month!


"And then everything exploded into fire and chaos and awesome."

– James Riley, Story Thieves 🌞

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