As part of our Jakarta Globe Reading Club's "Reading Indonesia" event on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Maxx Coffee in Lippo Mall Kemang, South Jakarta, we're publishing this list of 30 books on Indonesian history, politics, economy, culture and literature that might help you gain a deeper understanding of the sprawling archipelago of more than 18,000 islands and 267 million people – and its long and complex story. This is not a definitive list, not a canon of the "best books" about Indonesia, or the "must-reads," or a list of "30 books about Indonesia you have to read before you die," but an invitation for all of us to think about what kind of stories we want to read – and the stories we want told – about our country. We’ve selected 30 titles to get us started. Some are major titles you can't miss (Pramoedya Ananta Toer's "Buru Quartet" comes to mind) and some, like the Urban Poor Consortium’s anthology "Rakyat Miskin Kota Menulis Riwayatnya Sendiri" ("The … [Read more...] about Reading Indonesia: 30 Books That Will Help You Understand the Southeast Asian Giant
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source Marvel Comics This post contains spoilers for “Avengers: Infinity War”: The post-credits scene of “Avengers: Infinity War” teased a big addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Next year, Brie Larson will bring her to life. The “Captain Marvel” movie will give us a better idea about how Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) knows the character well enough to contact her in a moment of crisis. The character, whose real name is Carol Danvers, gains superpowers after being exposed to alien technology in the comic books. If the post-credits scene of “Infinity War” is any indication, she’ll play a pivotal role in finally defeating Thanos. There’s a lot to know about the character and you can read more at Business Insider. But how much do we know about the actual movie? The Hollywood Reporter reported Wednesday that Annette Bening is joining the cast, so we’ve looked at everything else we … [Read more...] about Everything we know about the ‘Captain Marvel’ movie, which will be a must-watch before ‘Avengers 4’
The year 2018 marks the 10th year of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). With a total of 18 films and 14 TV series, it is without a doubt one of the most ambitious cinematic franchises in modern pop culture. This week, the 19th MCU film, Avengers: Infinity War, was released. Many media outlets are already calling it the biggest crossover in history. But it warrants an important question: When will the era of superhero movies end? The first superhero movie, Adventures of Captain Marvel, first screened in 1941, three years after the first Superman comic book was released. Superhero movies found a moderate level of popularity for the next 55 years, with multiple comic book properties being adapted into movies. Nearing the end of the 1990s however, the stories of Batman and Superman were retold and its actors recast to the point of boredom. This led to the release of grittier and more obscure superhero films, such as The Crow and Blade. The most important film to appear … [Read more...] about After ‘Infinity War’, will superhero movies ever die out?
caption Knowledge is power. source Bill Gates Foundation Whether you want to launch an empire or become the best in your field, who better to consult than those who have achieved the peak of professional and financial success? That’s why we’ve rounded up 25 books by self-made billionaires. From the business insights of Bill Gates to the leadership lessons of Richard Branson, the wisdom collected in these pages extends far beyond the classroom. Learn how these masters of industry achieved the impossible, in their own words. ‘The Virgin Way’ by Richard Branson source Amazon Although Branson confesses he’s never read a book on leadership, his nearly 50-year entrepreneurial career has taught him a thing or two about building a business. In “The Virgin Way,” the billionaire founder of Virgin Group offers lessons on management and entrepreneurialism, including the importance of listening to others and hiring the right people. … [Read more...] about 25 books by billionaires that will teach you how to run the world
caption Swedish statistician Hans Rosling on September 7, 2015. source TT News Agency/Henrik Montgomery via REUTERS Bill Gates’ favorite Swedish doctor and statistician, Hans Rosling, died of pancreatic cancer last year at the age of 68. Rosling’s new book, published posthumously, is now here to tell you life on Earth isn’t as bad as it might seem. His new book, ‘Factfulness,’ was published Tuesday with the help of his son and daughter-in-law, who finished up the final chapters of the book. The non-fiction pick is already on Bill Gates’ unofficial list of must-reads of 2018. Gates praised the title as “One of the most important books I’ve ever read ― an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world.” Like any good statistician, Rosling uses the tools of his trade (namely, graphs, charts and lots of questionnaires) to argue we’re doing too much feeling and not enough thinking when it … [Read more...] about The author of one of Bill Gates’ favorite books says the world isn’t as apocalyptic as you might think — here are five of his top reasons why