The Week’s Best Articles – 10/21/16


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Food for Thought:

  1. TheAtlantic – The Binge Breaker – Credit JC – Tristan Harris believes Silicon Valley is addicting us to our phones. He’s determined to make it stop.
  2. NYT – How Did Walmart Get Cleaner Stores and Higher Sales? It Paid Its People More – Credit DH – Can the answer to what ails the global economy be found in the people in blue vests at your neighborhood Walmart?
  3. Garden & Gun – The Wild Santee. Once the heart of Carolina rice country and the stomping ground of Archibald Rutledge, the tidal marshes of the Santee Delta constitute a natural treasure. Today, a handful of passionate duck hunters are helping to make sure it all stays that way.
  4. FIT – Stanford Dean Says Parents Are Ruining Their Kids By Over Parenting.  
  5. 99PI – McMansion H**L: The Devil is in the Details.  Few forms of contemporary architecture draw as much criticism as the McMansion, a particular type of oversized house that people love to hate.  Kate Wagner, architecture critic is on a mission to illustrate just why these buildings seem so terrible.


  1. WSJ – Making Billions With One Belief: The Markets Can’t Be Beat.  Mutual-fund company DFA has drawn nearly $2 billion in net assets per month at a time when investors are fleeing many other firms.
  2. Bloomberg – IEX -Brad Katsuyama Q&A: ‘I Don’t Think We Would Have Survived If It Was Just Hype’.  First highlighted in Michael Lewis’s Flash Boys, IEX and its CEO Katsuyama just gained SEC approval to launch a new stock exchanged designed to address the issues Lewis spotlighted.
  3. FC – Chipotle Eats Itself – Credit MB – “We would go through millions of pounds of cilantro! That’s such a dangerous item—so many nooks and crannies where E. coli can hide,” says one former Chipotle supply-chain executive. “As much fresh produce as they deal with”—Chipotle goes through more than 200,000 pounds of avocados daily—”in retrospect, I can’t believe somebody didn’t raise a red flag. Did their volume catch up to them?”
  4. LATimes – Millennials aren’t big spenders or risk-takers, and that’s going to reshape the economy
  5. QZ – Your brilliant Kickstarter idea could be on sale in China before you’ve even finished funding it


  1. BI – Psychiatrists use an old trick to get people to trust them with their secrets — and it works just as well in business
  2. MrPorter – What’s Next for Jon Hamm.  After eight years as TV’s favourite troubled protagonist Don Draper, why life after Mad Men is all smiles for Mr Hamm.
  3. BizWeek – Win the Sorority Girl, Win the American Wardrobe
  4. Fortune – Why Deep Learning is Suddenly Changing Your Life.  Decades-old discoveries are now electrifying the computing industry and will soon transform corporate America.
  5. GrubStreet – The Return of Ranch Dressing, a Great American Condiment