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Best Reads of The Week – 11/16/18 Edition

This week’s highlights:  The Race with No End, Microbrands, and Post Malone

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Fifteen on Friday – Issue 309

Happy Friday Everyone,

David


Food for Thought:

  1. Deadspin – Ultrarunner Courtney Dauwalter Takes On The World’s Most Sadistic Endurance Race  There was no known finish line. The race went on, day and night, until the bell clanged and only one runner answered.
  2. NYT – The Price of Cool: A Teenager, a Juul and Nicotine Addiction  E-cigarettes may help tobacco smokers quit. But the alluring devices can swiftly induce a nicotine habit in teenagers who never smoked. This is the tale of one person’s struggle.
  3. HBR – What to Do If Your Career Is Stalled and You Don’t Know Why
  4. NewYorker – The Mystery of the Havana Syndrome  Unexplained brain injuries afflicted dozens of American diplomats and spies. What happened?
  5. TheCut – The Skimm Brains  7 million people wake up to their newsletter, and their voice, every morning.

Business/Economics:

  1. Economist – The growth of microbrands threatens consumer-goods giants  Often the giants’ best and only response is to acquire them
  2. NYT – How a Former Canadian Spy Helps Wall Street Mavens Think Smarter
  3. Bloomberg – Michael Milken: High Yield Bonds, Career and Philanthropy.  David Rubenstein interviews Michael Milken.
  4. II – Cereal Killer.  Short-seller Eiad Asbahi has tangled with the likes of Warren Buffett. Now, with his big bet against Kellogg, he’s going up against another American icon.
  5. BBC – Why Big Tech pays poor Kenyans to teach self-driving cars

Culture/Tech/Science:

  1. NYT – He Was 302 Pounds, but in This Battle, He’s David and Not Goliath.  As president of the N.F.L. Players Association, Eric Winston is up against billionaire owners, the commander in chief and an existential threat to football itself.
  2. Ringer – Aaaand Now … an Oral History of the Greatest Starting Lineup Introduction in Sports History  How the Chicago Bulls created the perfect soundtrack for a dynasty and pioneered the art of in-arena entertainment in the process
  3. WashPo – Post Malone is the perfect pop star for this American moment. That’s not a compliment.  “Post Malone’s music is dead-eyed and ignorant, astonishingly dull in its materialism, an abandoned lot of creativity with absolutely no evidence of traffic in his cerebral cortex — and there’s also a negative side.”
  4. PS – Bespoke Vs. Made-To-Measure  Eduardo proposed an experiment. He offered to make me two jackets in the same cloth – one bespoke and one MTM – in order to physically compare the differences between them.
  5. FastCo – A device that can pull drinking water from the air just won the latest XPrize  The winner of the Water Abundance XPrize creates enough water for 100 people every day by making an artificial cloud inside a shipping container.

Best Reads of The Week – 11/09/18 Edition

This week’s highlights:  Logos are Back, 50 Million Vacant Apartments, and HoneyCrisp Apples

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Fifteen on Friday – 11/09/18 – Issue 308

Happy Friday Everyone,

David


Food for Thought:

  1. NYT – What Gives the Logo Its Legs  Conspicuous consumption ebbs and flows with economic cycles, as such, this was interesting to read.  “Logomania is an obsession with no end in sight.”
  2. GQ – My Life Cleanse: One Month Inside L.A.’s Cult of Betterness. Be careful in choosing your guru…
  3. Vox – Why is art so expensive? The $63 billion, “winner-take-all” global art market, explained.
  4. TheAtlantic – American Meritocracy Is Killing Youth Sports   Expensive travel leagues siphon off talented young athletes from well-off families—and leave everyone else behind.
  5. Vanity Fair – Michael B. Jordan’s Technicolor Dreams.  Inspired by Wakanda and his Newark upbringing, the Black Panther star is building a singular career, equal parts Denzel Washington, Tom Cruise, and Louis B. Mayer.

Business/Economics:

  1. Bloomberg – A Fifth of China’s Homes Are Empty. That’s 50 Million Apartments
  2. Stratechery – Apple’s Social Network
  3. NYT – So Much for the Starter House With inventory tight, home prices high and interest rates rising, many homeowners are giving up on the idea of trading up from the first home they bought.
  4. TVG – Why I Might Turn Down A Perfectly Good Engagement.  A thoughtful reflection on the practice of advice.
  5. NYT – Tech C.E.O.s Are in Love With Their Principal Doomsayer.  The futurist philosopher Yuval Noah Harari thinks Silicon Valley is an engine of dystopian ruin. So why do the digital elite adore him so?

Culture/Tech/Science:

  1. Bloomberg – The Curse of the Honeycrisp Apple  Everyone’s favorite apple is leaving Northeastern orchards out on a limb.
  2. TheWalrus – How I Saved My Kids From Sugar – Credit Farnam Street – The overconsumption of sugar has became a normal part of our culture. A recipe for fighting back.
  3. Medium – What I Learned From Making Hot Sauce at Scale.  I set out to create the first line of all-natural, deeply flavorful Chinese condiments. Getting there was harder than I anticipated.
  4. FBCG – Predictable Yet Not Inevitable: Archetypes of Potential Conflicts in the Family Enterprise
  5. Tonic – This Is What Happens to Your Body When You Give Up Meat The more subtle effects of going vegetarian.
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