Media diet for Q3 2021


Spotify playlist for this quarter is here. Playlists for past quarters and years here.

Music I most enjoyed discovering this quarter:

Rediscovered or revisited, and really liked:


Ones I “really liked” (no star), or “loved” (star):

  • Gavron, Rocks (2019)
  • White, The White Lotus, season 1 (2021) ★
  • Various, Rick and Morty, season 5 (2021) ★
  • Lowery, The Old Man & the Gun (2018)
  • Various, Reservation Dogs, season 1 (2021)
  • Various, Giri / Haji, season 1 (2019)


Ones I “liked” or “really liked” (no star), or “loved” (star):

  • Axiom Verge 2. Okay, but I liked the first one better.
  • Bowser’s Fury. Delightful, really fun.
  • Skyward Sword HD. I played up to the final boss and stopped; I don’t like boss fights much anyway. Overall pretty good but not among my favorite Zelda adventures. Lots of people didn’t like the fine-grained sword controls but I thought they were kinda cool. The original 3D Zelda formula is clearly wearing thing so I’m glad Nintendo switched things up with BotW.
  • Super Mario 3D World. I played up to the final level and then stopped because I didn’t have enough green stars to unlock it. Pretty fun but not among my favorite Mario adventures. I like all the new/updated gameplay elements but I got more joy from them in Bowser’s Fury.


  • Pinker, Rationality
  • Shambaugh, China and the World
  • Henrich, The WEIRDest People in the World. More interesting than I had expected. Don’t know if it’s core theses will hold up, but pretty interesting regardless.
  • Rauch, The Constitution of Knowledge
  • Lewis, The Premonition
  • Johnson, Extra Life
  • Kahneman et al., Noise

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