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Best Articles of the Week – 06/29/18

This week’s highlights:  The Positive Death Movement, McKinsey and South Africa, and The Difficulty of Being Average in Formula 1 Racing.


Fifteen on Friday – 06/29/18 – Issue 291

Food for Thought:

  1. NYT – The Positive Death Movement Comes to Life Death cafes, death doulas, “Ask a Mortician,” DeathLab — once the province of goth subculture, death is having a moment in the sun.
  2. RH – 3.1 Lessons Learned on the Way to 31
  3. HBR – If Strategy Is So Important, Why Don’t We Make Time for It?
  4. TheAtlantic – The Changing Sound of Male Rage in Rock Music.  Linkin Park introduced new ways of expressing male angst into the mainstream—an evolution that continues today.
  5. TLS – Carpool Karaoke with Paul McCartney.  Maybe the 25 finest minutes of TV produced in the past decade.


  1. NYT – How McKinsey Lost Its Way in South Africa.  When the godfather of management consulting landed its biggest contract ever in Africa, it made the worst mistake in its storied nine-decade history.
  2. TBP – Opioid Crisis Versus Labor Force Participation Rate
  3. NYT – How Amazon Steers Shoppers to Its Own Products
  4. Stratechery – Intel and the Danger of Integration
  5. Bloomberg – Sky-High Deductibles Broke the U.S. Health Insurance System.  Employers are questioning a system they say costs patients too much.


  1. TV – In Formula 1, You Have to Be Amazing Just to Be Average The thing that most surprised me about Renault Sport’s operations is the speed and expanse of its own manufacturing. Almost every car component, of which there are roughly 2,500, is custom-built by the company itself.
  2. HBR – The Most Productive Meetings Have Fewer Than 8 People
  3. TG – Why can’t the United States develop a male soccer star?  ESPN estimates nearly a third of young Americans play soccer, so why can’t a sports powerhouse of 320m people produce a Messi – or even a João Moutinho?
  4. WFM – The Man Behind the Voice  Benetti is the television play-by-play announcer for the Chicago White Sox. Even if you don’t live in Chicago, you’ve probably heard Benetti’s smooth baritone.   Benetti, 34, also has cerebral palsy.
  5. AoM – Introversion as an Excuse

Best Articles of the Week – 06/22/18

This week’s highlights:  The Death of NYC?, How CEOs actually spend their time, and a fix for climate change.


Fifteen on Friday – 06/22/18 – Issue 290


Food for Thought:

  1. Harpers – The Death of a Once Great City Credit WES – The fall of New York and the urban crisis of affluence
  2. TheAtlantic – What Petty Nextdoor Posts Reveal About America. For JP – The hyperlocal social-media platform highlights small grievances—and proves that neighbors have more in common than they think.
  3. VF –  This Is the Netflix Exec to Thank for Your Wild Wild Country BingeLisa Nishimura, the streaming giant’s head of documentary and comedy programming, is changing the way filmmakers and viewers approach nonfiction TV.
  4. NYP – These Harvard kids got the lesson of their lives in the Heartland
  5. Inc – This 95-Year Stanford Study Reveals 1 Secret to Living a Longer, More Fulfilling Life – This decades-long study shows that living an easy, stress-free life won’t make you happier — and definitely won’t help you live longer.


  1. HBR – How CEOs Manage Time –  Chief executives have tremendous resources at their disposal, but they face an acute scarcity in one critical area: time. Drawing on an in-depth 12-year study, this package examines the unique time management challenges of CEOs and the best strategies for conquering them.
  2. Jalopnik – Here Is Why You Shouldn’t Expect A Bargain On A Pre-Owned Sedan
  3. Economist – How e-commerce with drone delivery is taking flight in China. Chinese e-commerce giant is investing in drones to bring online shopping to a 600m-strong rural population
  4. II – You Make $1 Billion. You Flee to Florida. Then the Tax Man KnocksFinanciers are gravitating to low-tax locales. Now authorities are fighting back.
  5. Bloomberg – Henry Kravis Q&A: ‘Worry About What You Might Lose on the Downside’ – Credit DH –


  1. VF – “Threats,” “Ultimatums,” and “Espionage”: Inside Silicon Valley’s Spy Wars.  Foreign agents have been stealing tech companies’ secrets since the 70s. But now, in the wake of Facebook’s public crisis, the biggest companies in the world are coping with the challenge on an unprecedented level.
  2. NYMag – Climate Change Can Be Stopped by Turning Air Into Gasoline.  A Harvard professor says his company should be able to suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, at industrial scales, by 2021.
  3. BecMin – How to Handle Sentimental Clutter
  4. NYT – Firefox Is Back. It’s Time to Give It a Try.
  5. NYMag – I Stop Celebrities From Blowing Their Money
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