What’s Good in Media? Thoughts from our Student Leaders

During a holiday dinner with the school monitors, Head of School Peter ’95 and Amy Julia ’94 Becker asked the mons to talk about a piece of media that they’ve learned from. Here’s what our student leaders are reading and watching.

During a holiday dinner with the school monitors, Head of School Peter ’95 and Amy Julia ’94 Becker asked the mons to talk about a piece of media that they’ve learned from. Here what our student leaders are reading and watching.

Books:

The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups
Daniel Coyle
A New York Times Bestseller, and named one of the best books of the year by Bloomberg and Library Journal.

The Things They Carried
Tim O’Brien
A collection of short stories about American soldiers during the Vietnam War with semi-autobiographical notes. Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger Award, and Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize winner; Pulitizer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist.

The Anomaly: A Novel
Hervé Le Tellier
Winner of the Goncourt Prize, the sky-high story marries crime, fantasy, sci-fi, and thriller genres on a Paris to New York flight.

How to Win Friends and Influence People
Dale Carnegie
Published in 1936 as a self-help book, it is one of the best-selling (more than 30 million) books of all time.

Into the Wild
Jon Krakauer
The 1996 story of Chris McCandless who ventured in to the Alaskan wilderness and died after 113-days of living off the grid. (Also an award-winning 2007 film.)

The One
John Marrs
Wall Street Journal Best Science Fiction Book of 2018, the author explores DNA matchmaking. (Also the basis of a Netflix series.)

Documentary

Our Planet (Netflix)
Narrated by Emmy and BAFTA winner Sir David Attenborough, the multi-season, multi-episode visually stunning documentary explores our planet’s natural beauty and the impact of climate change.

Tiny World (AppleTV+)
Narrated by Paul Rudd, this docuseries showcases small creatures and the extraordinary things they do to survive.

The Social Dilemma (Netflix)
A 2020 Sundance Selection and winner of two-primetime Emmy’s and a Webby, the documentary-drama hybrid lifts the veil on the machinations behind social media platforms.

The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (HBO)
The story of Elizabeth Holmes and her company, Theranos. Winner of two awards for best screenplay.

Film

Schindler’s List
Based on the 1982 novel Schindler’s Ark, a multi-award-winning drama starring Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist who saved more than a thousand mostly Polish–Jewish refugees from the Holocaust by employing them in his factories. 

Midnight Run
Award-winning 1988 action comedy with bounty hunters, the Mafia, and the FBI, featuring Robert DeNiro and Charles Grodin.

Magazine Article

From The New Yorker and Mr. Becker’s pick:
Eclipsed in His Era, Bayard Rustin Gets to Shine in Ours
Adam Gopnik takes a fresh look at civil rights leader Bayard Rustin

Social Media

Tik-Tok coverage of the perceived injustice of Alabama getting the last spot in the College Football Playoff over FSU.

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