May Reading List

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Apologies for not posting this sooner but here’s what I’m reading in the month of May. I’ve been fascinated with Andy Warhol for long time and I’ve seen ‘Holy Terror’ recommended by a few people online so I finally pulled the trigger. It’s probably the closest thing will ever get to an official autobiography (outside of ‘The Andy Warhol Diaries’ which I also have in my collection) but it does a brilliant job of detailing the various factors at play during Andy Warhol’s accession to cultural superstardom! I highly recommend it. The rest of the books are pretty self explanatory. After Kanye’s recent outburst on Twitter I went ahead and purchased ‘Black Rednecks and White Liberals’ which could be described as a beginners manual for Black conservatism in the USA. Thomas Sowell is one of the greatest thinkers of our time and his arguments in this book are compelling. You can find a full list of the books below 🙂

Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up by Bob Colacello
Mindset by Dr. Carol Dweck
David Hammons: Bliz-Aard Ball Sale by Elena Filipovic
Black Rednecks & White Liberals by Thomas Sowell

 

How to Make It In Watford

The quintessential “rags to riches” story personified in this brilliant interview with professional football player Troy Deeney. I identify with a lot it, especially the bit about his compulsive drinking habits. It’s something I’ve been battling with for a long and thankfully I found ways to manage it somewhat, but its great to hear someone famous be so candid about it. All in all it’s an amazing interview, check it out!

A Cautionary Tale

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Scott Sternberg walked away from his clothing brand 3 years ago, but he’s back with a venture EntireWorld. His story is an interesting one and for anyone with aspiration to make it in Fashion, please bare his story in mind, you can read the entire interview here.

“Literally the day the store opened, the last private-equity firm that we’d been holding out for passed,” he recounts. “This is right before the opening party, and I’m doing all this press, and holding my fucking dog, and posing for pictures and all that stuff. And trying really hard to enjoy some of the moment, because it was beautiful, that store, and my team worked so hard on it.” He got through it. “Five milligrams of Ativan and half a joint, was that party,” he says, laughing.

How to Be A Grownup

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This entire interview is gold but section I highlighted below really struck home with me. It’s not an issue I have nowadays, but used to struggle saying no to friends, especially when I had no good reason too. And it’s great to hear someone like Joaquin Phoenix say aloud something I’ve been thinking about for a long time. If you don’t feel like doing something, you shouldn’t have to explain to your friends why, just saying “no, thank you I’m good” should be good enough, that’s what adults do.

You can read the entire interview here.

FERRELL: [laughs] Well, next year I’ll invite you over to watch the Super Bowl.

PHOENIX: You don’t have to.

FERRELL: You don’t even have to watch it.

PHOENIX: I’m trying to do this thing where I’m being honest with people—I don’t want to come. But I’d love to come over to check out your bananas sometime.

FERRELL: Wait, say that again? You’re doing this thing where when you really don’t want to go somewhere, you just say, “I’m not going to go”?

PHOENIX: I’m tired of making excuses.

FERRELL: It’s okay as an adult to say, “No, I’m not going. I just don’t want to go.”

PHOENIX: Yeah, I mean, it is okay, but, just that, I have to, yeah, I can’t do it. [Ferrell laughs] It’s very nice of you to offer, but I won’t be doing that.