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Myself aside from Research

Books

I regularly update my reading status at Goodreads. The list of my favorite authors is here. The books that influenced me the most so far are The Bible, Plato’s Republic, Augustine’s Confessions, and Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning. If you seek hours of riveting entertainment, look no further than Dumas’s The Count of Monte Cristo. I also write reviews from time to time. Feel free to befriend me on Goodreads!

Films

I regularly update films I’ve watched at Letterboxd. My top three favorite film directors are Stanley Kubrick, Ingmar Bergman, and Akira Kurosawa. For great TV miniseries, I recommend Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander (1983) and Kieślowski’s Dekalog (1988). Fassbinder’s Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) is on my to-watch list. Feel free to befriend me on Letterboxd!

Music

I listen to various genres of music, not limited to jazz, electronica, R&B, funk, soul, gospel, 70s and 80s pop music, city pop, classical, and instrumental. Although I started out learning classical piano, listening to Weather Report’s Birdland during my sophomore year in college prompted to learn how to play jazz piano. It has become one of my enduring hobbies eversince. For those who are interested in learning jazz piano, I recommend three books: Mark Levine’s The Jazz Piano Book, The Jazz Theory Book, and Phil DeGreg’s Jazz Keyboard Harmony. Of course, the most important part is playing with others!

Favorite Quotes

  • “Zorba,” I shouted, “come, teach me to dance!” Zorba leaped to his feet, his face glowing. “Dance, Boss?” he asked. “Dance? Come!” - Zorba the Greek (Kazantzakis, tr. Peter Bien). Here is an associated video clip.
  • There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heavens: (…) - Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, New International Version of the Bible. A full set of verses is available here. There is also a song inspired by these verses.

More of my favorite quotes are listed here in Goodreads.

Unpil Baek
Unpil Baek
Ph.D. student in Physics

Sees the world through a quantum, musical, linguistic, and Christian lens.