Your mega summer reading list: 200 books recommended by TEDsters

Fan of Ted, Fan of reading. A given.

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Books can entertain, sucking you like a tornado into incredible new worlds. Books can teach, giving you a richer understanding of time periods, people and ideas you’ve never been exposed to. But books can do so much more.

[ted_talkteaser id=1755]In today’s talk, TED’s own Lisa Bu introduces us to the concept of “comparative reading,” the practice of reading books in pairs, to give deeper context and reveal new insights. Comparative reading not only helped Bu adjust to American culture after moving here from China for graduate school — it also helped her re-imagine her life and find new directions after her dream failed to come true. This personal, moving talk about the magic of books and resilience of the human spirit is a must-watch »

Every year at TED, we set up a bookstore filled with books recommended by TEDsters of note. Today, as you prepare for a summer…

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Woke up this morning..

As setting my alarm clock on my phone these days is about as useless as a new born baby, I woke up feeling in a not so great mood. I’d planned my day yesterday and the early rise was essential to the days runnings and tasks.

Why oh why does my body never seem satisfied with 7-8 hours sleep. Even at 10 hours sleep, I rise with a screwed face Dewalt would be proud of.

I then turn to my untrustworthy friend, mobile phone, to check my messages. Texts and emails lay behind the touchscreen, as does an article published by the Guardian UK with UK Poet / Rapper, entitled: “AKALA Dynamite by another name..“, where the rapper lays claim to the misrepresentation of the modern black male, stigma’s, warts and all.

Much of it true.

And then, as i browse my twitter feed..

Seems as though, the black conversation extends itself to my other favourite past-time, Film. This time dissecting the landscape as seen through the eyes of Hollywood, black film-makers and those purchasing films of an ethnic nature for exploitation in domestic and foreign markets.

I can’t say this blog post has any particular point, but in my opinion its worth sharing..

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Eddie Haung – Vice Network

This dude is somewhat inspirational.

In no way a fuck up, but a second generation immigrant with a hustlers ambition, that turned himself in to restauranteur and a street legend.

This is part of VICE networks’ series with him, where he interviews his friend Roy Choi.

I tweeted him and he tweeted back…

Respect.

Parkjog