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Best Reads of The Week – 12/21/18 Edition

This week’s highlights:  Navigating Middle School, 2018 as an Investor, and Predicting Well-Being

Fifteen on Friday – Issue 313

Happy Friday and Holidays,

This marks our final Fifteen on Friday for 2018.  We will be taking next Friday off, and will see you back after the New Year.

In case the weather turns snowy and you are looking for something to read – every week of Fifteen on Friday is always archived at fifteenonfriday.com.  As well, I published a list of my favorite books of 2018 today on LinkedIn.  Happy reading.

All the best,


Food for Thought:

  1. WashPo – Being a boy: Ages 11 and 12.  Three friends navigate a middle school ecosystem that prizes alpha males over quirky kids.
  2. NYT – Ellen DeGeneres Is Not as Nice as You Think  Feeling boxed in by her reputation for kindness, the comic is weighing whether to leave daytime TV, as her wife wants, or to stay, as her brother urges.
  3. USA Today – I deleted my Twitter account. It’s a breeding ground for thoughtlessness and contempt. – Credit WES – One view of when/where social media turns toxic.
  4. TheAtlantic – A Guarantee of Tuition-Free College Can Have Life-Changing Effects  A mailer sent to low-income students with that promise led to a major jump in enrollment at the University of Michigan, according to a new study.
  5. NYT – Nashville’s Star Rises as Midsize Cities Break Into Winners and Losers.  Nashville and others are thriving thanks to a mix of luck, astute political choices and well-timed investments, while cities like Birmingham, Ala., fall behind. (Birmingham responds here “Hey, NY Times, don’t Nash my Birmingham“)


  1. II – 18 Signs You Were an Institutional Investor in 2018.  Twitter fights, hedge fund failures, volatility’s comeback: it’s been one heck of a year.
  2. NYP – Chick-fil-A on track to become No. 3 fast-food chain in US
  3. VC – Visualizing 40 Years of Music Industry Sales
  4. GMO – The Late Cycle Lament: The Dual Economy, Minsky Moments, and Other Concerns
  5. McKinsey – Africa’s Overlooked Business Revolution


  1. QZ – The strongest predictor of men’s well-being isn’t family or health
  2. NPR – Sleepless No More In Seattle — Later School Start Time Pays Off For Teens
  3. NYT – Yes, I Look Young. Stop Reminding Me.  Having a baby face might pay off when I’m older, but in your twenties it’s hard.
  4. Hodinkee – Talking Watches with Fred Savage.  The actor, director, and producer – who doubled as an entire generation’s TV best friend – is a bit of watch collector too.
  5. ESPN – Welcome to Bron Bron Land Whether it was through his offseason home, pickup games or his many off-court ventures, King James has been turning La La Land into Bron Bron Land for years, laying the groundwork to have the entertainment capital of the world serve as the capital for his personal global empire.

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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