What to Watch: “Mark leads a team of office workers whose memories have been surgically divided between their work and personal lives.” That’s the basic gist of Severance, a new series from Ben Stiller. It’s really good so far. I have my own version of this at home. When my kids start yelling at me, I just flip open my laptop, pop in my AirPods, and boom, personal life surgically divided.

+ What to Book: No one knows the ins and outs of tech’s early heydays better than my friend Laurie Segall. She was there (I know, because I saw her!). She covered tech’s most influential figures before they were titans. Her book is essentially a backstage pass to the humans before they were the figures you read about today. It’s also the story of woman coming into her own in the boy’s club of Silicon Valley. Get Laurie’s book today. Special Characters: My Adventures with Tech’s Titans and Misfits.

+ What to Read: “A boycott to stop a vote is extraordinary under any circumstances, but experts said they were stunned, given the magnitude of the country’s current economic challenges. ‘It’s an enormous dereliction of duty,’ Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel Prize-winning economist, told me. Stiglitz, a progressive professor at Columbia University who has advised Democratic presidents, stressed that ‘the Federal Reserve is the most important economic institution in the U.S., and the U.S. is the most important economy in the world. To leave this many vacancies is just mind boggling to the rest of the world. It is just amazingly irresponsible.'” The excellent Jane Meyer in The New Yorker doing what she does best. Explaining how lobbying and big dollars run the whole damn show, regardless of the stakes or what would benefit the average American: How Fossil-Fuel Companies Are Stonewalling Sarah Bloom Raskin’s Nomination to the Fed.