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Econoception Newsletter

On Econoception

Hi readers,

I know many A-level economics students complain about how difficult it is to follow international and local news, and even when they try to read some of the economic news, they find themselves having difficulty understanding the material. I was once in your shoes as well, and I can understand how discouraging the whole process might be.

I am going to try and help you solve this problem.

That's right, I am going to introduce a newsletter. It will be published on a weekly basis and it will feature important news events from all over the world, with a particular focus on Singapore news. It is not just a mere summary, because I will be giving inputs on how you can use A-level economic theory to understand some of these issues as well as how you can potentially use some of these news events in your essays.

Bring with you your commitment and interest to learn more about economics.

Born to Run (book review)

On Mike Dariano

I remember reading Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken in 2011 and thinking, “This can’t be true, there is no way that this collection of events, characters, and history all coincided.” Two years later no one has amended the story and it stands in a fortress of time, those events never to be repeated. I’ve finally read a book as good as Unbroken.*

Born to Run is about the rise of ultra marathon runners and a secret tribe of people in the Mexican desert who may know more about running than any of them.

The collection of runners that author Christopher McDougall finds are more varied than any reality show casting. There’s Scott Jurek the best American distance runner, winning a mountainous one hundred mile run through the western states seven straight times. There’s barefoot Ted, a man who identifies his spirit animal as, the monkey to a group of Tarahumara, a native American people of northwestern Mexico who seem to have mastered long distance running. There are even more characters like Bone Head Billy and the wonderfully mysterious Caballo Blanco.

The book balances stories and science like a runner moving from one foot to the next. Detailed examination of how animals run to anecdotes about runners listening to beat poetry on their Walkmans. The narrative culminates in a final few chapters that left me laughing out loud and smiling as they drew to a close.

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