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A Review of Ron Chernow’s House of Morgan

Ron Chernow is likely more well known today for his biography of Alexander Hamilton, which was adapted by Lin-Manuel Miranda into the musical Hamilton. However, I find his account of the Morgan banking dynasty in The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance far more compelling; indeed, I would say it is a “must-read” for anyone seeking to understand the history of Anglo-American finance.…

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Sword of Destiny Review

Why the [EXPLETIVE REDACTED] did anyone think it was a good idea to make a sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon without Ang Lee directing it? I recall when Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (《卧虎藏龙》) came out in 2001, way back in the misty…

Five Brief Movie Reviews

Long-distance international flights are the best place to catch movies, particularly arthouse films that one might not have the opportunity to see in one’s local cinema. I rarely watch movies. When I was in the private equity industry, I rarely had time to do so. Now, as an MBA student at Wharton, I still rarely have the time to do so.…

The Awesomeness of Doctor Who, Heaven Sent

I remember the first time I watched “Heaven Sent”, the 11th episode of the 9th series of Doctor Who. I remembered thinking, as I watched it, that this was one of the finest works to have emerged from British television in the last ten years. That opinion has not changed after a second and third viewing.…

A Review of Spectre

Spectre is, without a doubt, the worst Bond movie of Daniel Craig’s tenure as Bond. It should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me well that I am a huge fan of James Bond. Indeed, it would be surprising if I were not, given my mix of English, Italian, and American influences growing up, and my tastes as an adult.…

Reading Lions of Al Rassan in Spain

I first read Guy Gavriel Kay’s The Lions of Al-Rassan as a teenager. I knew, even then, that this was a novel I would not easily forget. Indeed, the passage of time has borne that out quite well. When I visited Madrid and Granada earlier this month, it was Kay’s The Lions of Al-Rassan rather than any other novel about Spain that I took with me to read on my solitary sojourn.…