Readings and Riffs – A New Show from Penguin Latte

I have a habit of chain-reading books.

It’s like chain-smoking, but with books. After finishing a book, I’ll immediately pick up a new book to read.

What kind of books am I reading? Books about psychology, culture, sushi, creativity, business, self-development, writing, marketing, philosophy; seemingly disparate subjects that have nothing to do with each other. But these subjects have everything to do with each other. Marketing ties into psychology, psychology ties into writing, writing ties into sushi, sushi ties into philosophy, and by now I hope you see where I’m going with this. Through all this reading, I’ve been learning a lot. And I can’t keep what I’ve been learning all to myself.

Which is why I’m beginning a weekly show called Readings and Riffs – where I share with you short readings of some of my favorite books followed by longer riffs on what I’ve read. My goal with this show is to connect the dots between different subjects, fields, philosophies, and modes of living, so that you and I can make more sense of the world that we live in and our roles as creative, curious individuals.

I invite you to join me with an open mind and a bit of patience. It may take some time for me to get to my point. I may traverse off the path, but I’ll do my best to stay on track, so that we can reach a new perspective of ourselves and the world we live in.

I’ve already recorded and uploaded some episodes. Here’s the second episode.

And here’s the first one.

A note on format

I’d like the readings to be short, and the riffs to long, but only as long as I can manage without going from riffing to rambling. Cohesiveness is the goal. Though these first two episodes are short, I’m going to aim for the episodes to be at least 10 minutes in length or longer, as I get better at thinking through speaking.

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