I’ve been meaning to do this for a while, and reading Julian’s post on the same topic motivated me to finish.
I plan to keep this up-to-date as my preferences change.
Please let me know what I should be watching/listening to/reading that isn’t here in the comments!
How I Consume Content
In general, I try to be as deliberate as possible in consuming content.
Here are some general principles:
I try to avoid the news as much as possible: I don’t read news websites, I try to resist political Twitter, etc. There is very little information here that changes my life on a daily basis, or needs to be acted upon.
I try to avoid starting new TV series. They are extremely time-consuming, and past experience has shown they can distract me for days at a time. When I feel like watching something, I’ll try to make it a single movie/documentary/etc.
I try to avoid consuming for the sake of consuming. If I don’t feel like doing work, and want to watch something instead, I’ll try and watch sports, or a good movie, from my list of movies I want to watch (not a Netflix movie I know nothing about).
Twitter and Instagram are definitely where I spend the most social media time. Instagram can be distracting, but also good for learning and inspiration, particularly if you’re into photography.
Twitter can be a fantastic look into what many brilliant people are thinking, particularly in tech.
Email newsletters are also a great way to stay up-to-date and have other people filter content for you, helping improve indiscriminate consumption.
I try to read books by topic, and also like reading all of an author’s works together. You can learn more about how I read here.
I wish I listened to more podcasts - I think they’re fantastic. The reality is, I just don’t currently find the time. I don’t usually commute, and can’t listen while I’m working.
What I Watch, Listen To, and Read
TV Shows (current):
Billions - Fantastic acting and look into the world of finance in New York.
Silicon Valley - Can verify it is scarily accurate.
The Grand Tour - If you like cars, this is a very entertaining hour.
Last Week Tonight - My only conscious dose of news, though the main segments are less trendy.
TV Shows (past):
Peaky Blinders - Love the setting and acting.
Californication - A classic about California life and challenging family dynamics.
Dexter - Fantastic acting, interesting premise.
True Detective - Great acting, great pacing and plot building.
The Office - A classic.
Archer - Some of the best dialogue out there.
Sherlock - Great stories, equally good acting.
House of Lies - Underrated, but extremely entertaining (and likely closer to reality than most would admit).
The Tim Ferriss Show - I just don’t find time to listen to more podcasts. This is very entertaining and a good range of topics & guests.
The Departed - One of my favorite endings, full of great acting, and set in Boston.
Seven - My favorite of the psychological thriller genre.
Casino Royale - One of the biggest changes to the Bond francise in years, a dark, gritty look at how the Bond character was formed.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels - I generally love Guy Ritchie films, and the London underground setting.
Snatch - Another Guy Ritchie classic.
Seven Pounds - Will Smith struggling with life’s biggest questions.
Shooter - Best sniper movie of the modern era; fan of the book too.
Miami Vice - Got terrible reviews, but I love the Miami/oceanfront setting.
Interstellar - Mind-blowing every time, particularly if you’re familiar with the physics portrayed in the movie.
Fight Club - Another great movie in the psychological thriller area.
300 - Always inspiring.
Like Crazy - One of the best romantic films I’ve ever seen. Won’t necessarily make you feel good, but much more realistic.
Adventureland - My favorite feel-good summer flick.
Nat Eliason - Consistently interesting content. SEO specialist, among other things.
Julian Shapiro - Long guides are outstanding. Blog is very good too.
Tim Ferriss - The person I follow most consistently across platforms.
Ryan Holiday - Stoicism forms basis for a lot of his writing; also does marketing.
Fred Wilson - VC offering regular, interesting content.
Alex Iskold - My managing director at Techstars NYC, writes very clear content for startups.
Wait but Why - Long-form blog posts about big questions and topics. Really like a series of shorter books.
Farnam Street - A website dedicated to improving thinking. Great content on books, learning, and more. Based in Ottawa too!
Paul Graham - Founder of YC offering lots of interesting positions, often related to tech.
Naval Ravikant - Perhaps the best at offering Twitter-size wisdom.
Nat Eliason - See above.
Shane Parrish/Farnam Street - See above.
Emily Best - Founder of Seed&Spark, passionate advocate for diversity/inclusion in tech, and a personal inspiration and friend (we met at Techstars Boston).
Hunter Walk - Frank investor.
Austen Allred - Founder of Lambda School, college alternative that is rapidly growing.
Elon Musk - Founder of Tesla, SpaceX, Boring Company, etc.
Julian Shapiro - See above.
Riva-Melissa Tez - AI specialist & investor.
David Heinemeier Hansson - Founder of Basecamp offering some contrarian work views.
Mason Hartman - Web/graphic designer offering thoughts on tech.
Julia Galef - Writer/speaker focused on rational thinking.
Alex Strohl - Unbelievable landscape photographer.
Jason Charles Hill - Wide range of landscapes.
Olivier Martel Savoie - iPhone-only with one of the best eyes out there.
Emilie Lula - Travel/landscape/lifestyle with beautiful warm tones.
Aaron Brimhall - Distinct style.
Chris Burkard - Fantastic landscape photographer.
Sam Horine - Urban/landscape travel photographer.
Jack Morris - Mix of lifestyle/urban/travel content.
Adam Galla - One of my go-to style accounts.
Kyle Kotajarvi - Stunning landscapes.
Ted Gushue - Cars and lifestyle.
Rodrigo Trevino - Landscape photographer.
Garrett King - Very distinctive style with motorsports/landscape preference.
Riley Harper - Stuntman’s account reminds us of how to live properly.
Ivy Miller - Model who reminds us not to take life too seriously.
Johannes Huebl - Second of my go-to style accounts. Husband of Olivia Palermo (for the ladies).
Jeremy Jauncey - Travel/fitness/style content.
Renee Hahnel - Landscape photographer with warm tones.
Alexandra Taylor - Big range of landscapes.
Ahmet Erdem - Based in Turkey, beautiful mix of landscape and urban.
Tobias Hagg - Some of the best aerial photos around.
Tyler White - Dark tone landscapes.
Cath Simard - Outstanding landscape (specifically mountains) photographer.
Max Rive - Surreal landscapes.
Benjamin Everett - Some of the calmest, most clean landscapes I’ve ever seen.
Jordan Hammond - Excellent variation in photos with bright colors.
Callum Snape - Vancouver-based photographer with vibrant landscapes.
Ben Blenner - Photographer and filmmaker with a wide range of work.
Frans Lanting - National Geographic wildlife photographer.
Paul Nicklen - Another National Geographic wildlife photographer.
The Hustle - Daily digest of what’s happening in tech and business.
Mister Spoils - Daily email of IG accounts to follow, a product, a song, and a story.
Farnam Street - Weekly email of new content on Farnam Street blog.
Nat Eliason - Weekly digest of what’s interesting/new content.
Seth Godin - Daily blog post on marketing/life/business.
Benedict Evans - Weekly digest of what’s happening in tech.
Robert Greene - Long, life-lesson books interspersed with examples from history.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb - Contrarian views on a wide variety of things, including predictions, forecasting, and more.
Cal Newport - Productivity and work guru.
James Clear - Expert in habits.
Tim Ferriss - Wide-ranging productivity and learning expert.
Dan Pink - Research-based books on a wide range of useful topics.
The Athletic - If you’re into sports, this is the best content I’ve found.
The Economist - I no longer subscribe as part of my effort to cut out news, but if you have to read news, this is fantastic analysis, with a more Euro-centric feel (UK specifically).
What else should I be watching/listening to/reading that I’m not?
Let me know in the comments.