Julia Beizer

Global Head of Digital, Bloomberg Media

“Here are a few things on my proverbial nightstand, but they’re actually quite literally on my phone, because I’m 100 percent a digital reader and audiobook listener these days. Sign of the times.”

New York, New York, New York: Four Decades of Success, Excess, and Transformation
by Thomas Dyja

This book explores how the intersection of people in New York City led to the many seismic shifts in culture, government, and the economy over 40 years. As we’re looking around the corner at a big transition for New York and cities across the globe, I wanted to learn more about what came before.

Klara and the Sun: A Novel
by Kazuo Ishiguro

The narrator of this novel is a machine powered by artificial intelligence. I’m always a sucker for a good novel, especially one by Kazuo Ishiguro, and especially one that examines the intersection points where technology and people meet.

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