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Fifteen on Friday (Fof) is a weekly newsletter that is delivered every Friday afternoon directly to your inbox.  The goal is to curate a thoughtful list of the most interesting pieces of the week, across a wide range of subjects from arts, culture, economics, science, technology and occasionally fashion.

This Week’s Best Reads – 09/21/18 Edition

This week’s highlights:  Lawnmower Parents, The Last Short Seller, and Tiny Homes


Fifteen on Friday – 09/21/18 – Issue 302

Food for Thought:

  1. WAT – Lawnmower Parents Are the New Helicopter Parents & We Are Not Here for It  Chances are, you’ve met this new breed of parent.
  2. BitterSoutherner – He Saw Our Darkness Nearing the 15th anniversary of Arkansas icon Johnny Cash’s death,  we reassess the Man in Black’s career — a life spent wrestling through music with the demons and saviors that haunt almost every Southerner.
  3. ESPN – Living The Stream How did Ninja become gaming’s first crossover star? The Fortnite legend is relentless about one thing: He’s always on.
  4. NYT – Ranch Nation  How one creamy, peppery salad dressing became America’s favorite flavor.
  5. JC – Every Nashville Bachelorette.  So true, so true.


  1. II – How Jim Chanos Uses Cynicism, Chutzpah — and a Secret Twitter Account — to Take on Markets (and Elon Musk)
  2. HBR – Planning Doesn’t Have to Be the Enemy of Agile
  3. FastCo – Forget the new iPhones: Apple’s best product is now privacy  Under Tim Cook’s leadership, Apple saw just how critical an issue user privacy would become. Now it’s at least as important a feature as shiny industrial design or a nice camera.
  4. BMC – What Does an EV/EBITDA Multiple Mean?.  Using multiples is a way of simplification when valuing a business, but the multiple itself embeds assumptions around capital intensity, returns on invested capital and growth.  As only Michael Mauboussin can do, here he teases out each of those and how they affect valuation.
  5. DataTrek – What Rolex Teaches Us About Disruption


  1. Hodinkee – A Week On The Wrist Apple Watch Series 4  The future of the Apple Watch is coming into focus – and I like what I’m starting to see.
  2. GuardianUK – A right to repair: why Nebraska farmers are taking on John Deere.  Farmers like fixing their own equipment, but rules imposed by big corporations are making it impossible. Now this small showdown could have a big impact
  3. NYT – Once a Summer Camp, Now a Family Home  In the Connecticut wilderness, the Portuguese hotel designer Alexandra Champalimaud has created an unexpected respite.
  4. WashPo – Chevy Chase Can’t Change  The 74-Year-Old Comedy Star Is Sober And Ready To Work. The Problem Is Nobody Wants To Work With Him.
  5. LV –  “The biggest time saver yet — moving into a tiny house”

The Best Articles This Week – 09/14/18

This week’s highlights:  James Madison and Mobs, Timing the Market, Downsides of Early Retirement



Fifteen on Friday – 09/14/18 – Issue 301

Happy Friday Everyone –

Our thoughts are with the FoF readers in the Carolinas – stay safe everyone!



Food for Thought:

  1. Atlantic – America Is Living James Madison’s Nightmare  “The Founders designed a government that would resist mob rule. They didn’t anticipate how strong the mob could become.”  Finally – someone recognizing how our current political climate was feared and anticipated by the Founders in The Federalist Papers.
  2. NYT – Can Good Teaching Be Taught?
  3. RollingStone – How Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean Theme Bars Are Remaking Nashville’s Broadway – Credit JC – A string of bars and restaurants from male country stars is turning Music City’s honky-tonk district into “country music Disneyland”
  4. TMI – What information should we consume?
  5. VF – Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs: A History of Frasier  Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin, Jane Leeves, creators Peter Casey and David Lee, and more recount how a series centered around a snooty radio psychiatrist became one of the most beloved sitcoms in TV history.


  1. WSJ – You Can Time The Market, Just Not All The Time.   I’m sure this is behind the WSJ paywall – but it is well worth reading if you can get your hands on it.  “Howard Marks has made a few market calls in his day, but warns that it’s harder than it looks.”
  2. NYT – Amazon’s Antitrust Antagonist Has a Breakthrough Idea  With a single scholarly article, Lina Khan, 29, has reframed decades of monopoly law.
  3. NewYorker – Paul Singer, Doomsday Investor – Credit DH – The head of Elliott Management has developed a uniquely adversarial, and immensely profitable, way of doing business.
  4. NYT – As Elkhart, Ind., Goes, So Goes the Nation, and Elkhart Is Nervous
  5. RealLife – The Constant Consumer Amazon’s mission is to make customer identity more primary than citizenship.


  1. FinancialSamurai – The Negatives Of Early Retirement Life Nobody Likes Talking About
  2. Economist – How a shampoo bottle is saving young lives  A doctor in Bangladesh has found a simple way to treat infant pneumonia
  3. GQ – It’s Time to Kill James Bond
  4. SBNation – ‘Death Diving’ is belly flopping off a tower, and it’s your new favorite sport
  5. Forbes – This VC Firm Is Gifting Founders 1% Of Every Invested Dollar To Spend On Coaching And Mental Health
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