by Copy Editor & Contributor Bennett
**From the Gentlemen's Special Edition of The Feeder**
My grandmother owned a children's bookstore and my parents read to us nightly, everything from Good Night Moon when we were babies to the Harry Potter series when we were older. This family love of reading showed me that books provide us with a way to escape from the here and now and transport us to somewhere else. They give us a break from screen time and are the perfect companion for a lazy day.
I have just finished re-reading David Sedaris’ When You Are Engulfed in Flames. A great collection of short essays and memoirs that never fails to make me laugh out loud, while at the same time contemplate my own life. I strongly recommend you check it out.
I asked a few men what they are reading right now. Take a look, you might find your next book or just get inspired to leave the house and visit your local bookstore—I still prefer a browse around the shelves rather than a scan around the screen.
James Andrade, Senior Vice President CapitaLand, Singapore
The Traveler, David L. Golemon. My guilty pleasure. He has written a series of military sci-fi novels about a government clandestine organization called the Event Group that investigates historical occurrences with national security significance.
The Hidden Brain, Shankar Verdantam. A study on how our unconscious mind controls much of our behaviour. It includes constructs like "unconscious bias" in the context of social issues but also includes mundane areas of our lives, historical events and illustrates the phenomena in several controlled experiments. As a neuroscientist I enjoyed the technical aspects of his treatise and as an observer of what is happening politically and socially in the USA in specific, but globally in general, this book offers an interesting perspective of what forces are motivating what we are seeing.
“Good people are not those who lack flaws, the brave are not those who feel no fear, and the generous are not those who never feel selfish. Extraordinary people are not extraordinary because they are invulnerable to unconscious biases. They are extraordinary because they choose to do something about it.”
Chin Chao, CEO, Southeast Asia at Innoven Capital
Chin is juggling so many books he just sent us a snapshot of everything he’s reading!
Edgar Israel Santos, Recent Graduate Colorado College,
Figuring Out a Plan
I'm currently finishing Introduction to Cultural Mathematics with Case Studies in the Otomíes and Incas, by Thomas E. Gilsdorf. An entry level math course textbook in the subject of ethnomathematics, it introduces a new perspective of teaching and learning about math through cultural understanding with examples from Egyptian, Mayan, Japanese and many more cultures. (Yes, he’s serious…he’s reading this for fun.)
Glenn Van Zutphen
Executive Communication Coach and Radio Personality, Singapore
I've been reading Kyle Hegarty's new book, The Accidental Business Nomad. It's an important one for any businessperson who's currently in Asia Pac or wants to come here to do business. After decades of trying to understand how to do business here, Kyle demystifies much of what has confounded executives for years about cross-cultural leadership and communication. A great read with many real-life examples.
Max Mann, Student at UCL, London
Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, Nassim Taleb. It is about how we can never be sure what is unexpected...“the inability to predict outliers implies the inability to predict the course of history.”
Chandler Whitt, Student at Colorado College
Disloyal, Michael Cohen. In his memoir, Cohen talks about his time with Trump and provides insights into the president and his overall psyche.