the boys i mean are not refined, by e.e. cummings

I first heard this poem on The Portal with Eric Weinstein, where his son shared this poem as being a paradigm shifter for him on the topic of poetry. I agreed. Especially the finally stanza. It’s crude and animalistic. The best word I can use to describe it is raw.

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The Madness of Crowds

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I’m really quite a fan of Douglas Murray, he is such a clear thinker and writer. The “madness” he describes are really the numerous inbuilt contradictions within many of the new social justice movements. He, as a gay man, critiques the coalitions built upon sexuality, feminism, race, and transgenderism. Some of the many contradictions include:

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A Little Timmy Coronavirus Poem, by Sam Garland

Sam Garland, also known on Reddit as /u/poem_for_your_sprog, is a hilarious internet poet. While the entire world is cooped up inside for the coronavirus pandemic, this made me laugh. As it was an internet comment, it is actually untitled. Garland has a published collection of poems here, and a compendium of reddit poetry stored here.

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The Man, by Jasper Burns

I wrote this poem on a whim after finding the Walter Lippmann quote “Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.” I thought it was such a beautiful sentiment that it needed to be reworded and decorated more fully. You can see the echo of this line in the second to last verse, and the general sentiment throughout this poem. I thought it especially prudent to emphasize the crassness of the iconoclast; it is often the one’s who are the roughest and most disagreeable who are able to speak unique and important thoughts.

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Poor Charlie’s Almanack

Rating: 4 out of 5.

After having heard about Charlie’s wisdom for years from various sources, I finally decided to pick up Poor Charlie’s Almanack after prompting from Shane Parrish of The Knowledge Project. Munger is indeed full of wisdom and seems to be one of the progenitors of using mental models as daily decision-making tools, which both Shane and I find immensely helpful. Charlie, for those who do not know, is Warren Buffett’s partner and quieter half at Berkshire Hathaway.

The real value in the book is in Charlie’s eleven talks, which all reside in Chapter Four. Enduring themes throughout include challenging the established wisdom, recognizing faults in psychology, using mental models to correct for them (especially the “lollapalooza” effect which he references many dozens of times), and to synthesize knowledge from different fields as a generalist rather than be pigeonholed into one way of thinking. 

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