The 10 Best Books I Read in 2018

Here’s the best of what I read in 2018. As in previous round-ups, some of these titles came out this year, while others were published in years past. Nonfiction “Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World,” by Tom Wright and Bradley Hope. The first of two astoundingly good books […]

In This Week’s Newley’s Notes: Our India ‘Demonetization’ Video; Best Books and Albums of 2016; Chapecoense’s Final Flight

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2015 Media Picks: My Favorite Book, Album, Movie, TV Show — and Goal and Save

Book: “Waking Up” I read a lot of really great books this year, most of which were published prior to 2015. The one that comes closest to qualifying for this list, however, since it was published in late 2014, is Sam Harris’s Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion. Harris, a neuroscientist, illustrates that our perception of the world […]

The 20 Best ‘Best of 2014’ Lists

Best Books of 2014 — WSJ The books Quartz read in 2014 — Quartz The best books of 2014 — The Economist 10 best nonfiction books of 2014 — Stephen Carter at Bloomberg View The 10 Best Books of 2014 — NYT The Best Books of 2014 — Amazon The Best Book Covers of 2014 […]

Some favorite albums, books, TV shows, movies, and in-depth stories from 2013

Here’s a look back at some of my favorites from last year. Albums My pick: “Modern Vampires of the City,” by Vampire Weekend. Here’s “Obvious Bicycle“: And “Diane Young“: Runner-up album: “Beta Love,” by Ra Ra Riot. Here’s the title track. Honorable mentions: Sky Ferreira’s “Night Time, My Time,” Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories,” and […]