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#PulpNonFiction: Wisdom or made of crowds?

This week Bronwyn Williams read two books, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, Financial Panics and Manias by Charles Mackay, and The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki...

By Bronwyn Williams 29 Mar 2021

#PulpNonFiction: Future you; is personal identity even a thing anymore?

Who are you? This sounds like a simple question, but really it's just about the hardest question there is. Philosophers have wrestled with it for millennia, and have still not settled on a definitive answer...

By Bronwyn Williams 22 Mar 2021

#PulpNonFiction: Standing up in flatland

This week, after listening to a podcast on rational (and not quite so rational) morality, Bronwyn Williams was reminded of a strange, skinny little book called Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott...

By Bronwyn Williams 15 Mar 2021

#PulpNonFiction: Glamorama and our digital double lives

Like everything he writes, Bret Easton Ellis' Glamorama is a wild ride. The novel, which is set in the 1990s, is said to have been the (unofficial) inspiration for the (much tamer, by comparison) cult-classic Zoolander movie franchise, due to the obvious plot similarities between the two narratives...

By Bronwyn Williams 8 Mar 2021

#PulpNonFiction: What gets measured, gets managed

Being technically "on time" means nothing if the work delivered fails to delight your customer. Sometimes it's better to just hand over the free pizza...

By Bronwyn Williams 1 Mar 2021

#PulpNonFiction: "How many men soever you slay, you will never kill your successor" ~ Senca

This week's book choice, Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino is an adult fairy tale of sorts detailing the fantastical adventures of Marco Polo through a series of strange, sinister and surrealistic cities...

By Bronwyn Williams 22 Feb 2021

#PulpNonFiction: Who watches The Watchmen?

This week, for a change, I read a graphic novel (something I haven't done since I was a teenager). The Watchmen is a classic of the genre, and follows a group of semi retired self-appointed and superheroes, known as the Watchmen...

By Bronwyn Williams 1 Feb 2021

#PulpNonFiction: Life and death and the city

What can leaders learn from cities? Read now as Bronwyn Williams unpacks The Life and Death of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs...

By Bronwyn Williams 25 Jan 2021

#PulpNonFiction: Be brand aware and beware of hypocrisy

This week Bronwyn Williams draws parallels between an 18th century novella and the perils of brand woke washing...

By Bronwyn Williams 18 Jan 2021

#PulpNonFiction: What happens when The Machine Stops?

Welcome back to the future as our favourite bibliophile Bronwyn William's #PulpNonFiction column unpacks how a knowledge of mostly vintage sci-fi literature can be relevant to current socio-economic scenarios...

By Bronwyn Williams 11 Jan 2021

#PulpNonFiction: Get into the habit of training naked

This week Bronwyn Williams reviews Pepe Marais' new book, 20 Habits that Break Habits and shows some correlations between it and Train Naked, a book her good friend Pierre DuPlessis published a few months ago...

By Bronwyn Williams 7 Dec 2020

#PulpNonFiction: When designing your future, start with dystopia

This week Bronwyn Williams (finally) finished reading Hilary Mantel's "epic" Wolf Hall Trilogy...

By Bronwyn Williams 30 Nov 2020

#PulpNonFiction: It's all narrative

This week, Bronwyn Williams has been reading Narrative Economics: How Stories Go Viral and Drive Major Economic Events by Nobel Prize winner, Robert J. Shiller...

By Bronwyn Williams 23 Nov 2020

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