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Sep 24, 2020

This week, Scott and Karl read the first book in the James Bond series, Casino Royale. Written by British author Ian Fleming and published in 1953, you'll find traces of the rising tensions of the Cold War mixed in with this spy thriller. 

The story opens with James Bond gambling at the casino in Royale-les-Eaux to...

Sep 17, 2020

This week, Scott and Karl discuss Nietzche's On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense. 

Written in 1873 one year after The Birth of Tragedy, it was published by his sister Elisabeth in 1896 when Nietzsche was already mentally ill.

In just 24 pages, the work wrestles with epistemological questions about the nature of truth...

Sep 10, 2020

This week, Scott and Karl read the 1939 novel by Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep. This hardboiled crime novel is the first of seven novels to feature the famed detective Philip Marlowe.

As Chandler’s first Marlowe story, there is no introduction to the character; rather, we leap straight into the investigation as it...

Sep 3, 2020

In the second episode of this two-part series, Scott and Karl finish up their discussion of Benjamin Graham’s 1949 classic The Intelligent Investor.

Graham wanted to teach investors the basic principles needed to navigate markets. In doing so, he teaches investors how to manage themselves. Graham's rules for investing...