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The Week’s Best Reads – 10/12/18 Edition

This week’s highlights:  The Walmart of Heroin, Malls of the Future, and The World’s Hardest Math Problem

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Fifteen on Friday – 10/12/18 – Issue 305

Food for Thought:

  1. NYT – Trapped by the ‘Walmart of Heroin’  A Philadelphia neighborhood is the largest open-air narcotics market for heroin on the East Coast. Addicts come from all over, and many never leave.
  2. NYT – How I Trained My Husband to Be a Dad  It required two things that don’t come naturally to me: acting helpless and asking for help.
  3. Vanity Fair – The Amazing 30-Year Odyssey of a Counterfeit Saudi PrinceThis guy makes Frank Abagnale from Catch Me if You Can look lazy…
  4. BecMin – How to Craft A Life You Don’t Need to Escape From
  5. Ted – What commercialization is doing to cannabis  Regardless of where you fall on the legalization question, it is fascinating to watch market forces respond.  “To say that we’ve legalized marijuana is subtly misleading — what we’ve really done is commercialized THC, says educator Ben Cort, and that’s led to products that are unnaturally potent.”

Business/Economics:

  1. Woodmont – “There’s No Place Like Home!” – Market Commentary – October 2018Woodmont is out again with our quick view of what’s going on in the broader markets.  4 pages, and 10 minutes of your time well spent.
  2. Bloomberg – Quant Investor Cliff Asness Hasn’t Smashed His Screen This Year—Yet  The billionaire chief of AQR Capital Management is having a lousy 2018 with the $226 billion he’s running. He says factor-based strategies can still prevail.
  3. TheAtlantic – The Death of the IPO  The number of IPOs is declining, and that could mean that small investors are getting shut out of the most lucrative deals.
  4. Forbes – The Walt Disney Of Retail: Meet The Billionaire Building The Malls Of The Future
  5. Vox – The long, long history of long, long CVS receipts  Why is a receipt for cough drops the height of a small child?

Culture/Tech/Science:

  1. Forbes  – The #1 Payment Killing Your Wealth
  2. BBC – Banksy posts video of £1m painting shredding stunt at Sotheby’s
  3. VF – My First Gulfstream – Credit MA – A top Information Age entrepreneur decided to join the elite fraternity of private-jet owners–a world in which you are what you fly, and size definitely matters. Sixteen months, $12 million, and thousands of F.A.A. regulations later, he assesses the ride.
  4. NYT – Rugby Meets Red Rover: Kabaddi Has Captured the Heart of India
  5. TI – Top mathematician says he solved the ‘single most important open problem’ in math after 160 years.  Could someone have actually solved Riemann?

The Week’s Best Articles – 10/05/18

This week’s highlights:  The Corruption of Scholarship, Inside WhatsApp, and Schizophrenia and the Immune System

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Fifteen on Friday – 10/05/18 – Issue 304

Food for Thought:

  1. Areo – Academic Grievance Studies and the Corruption of Scholarship  Something has gone wrong in the university—especially in certain fields within the humanities.
  2. Vanity Fair – Meet the Cultural Illuminati Guarding France’s Most Sacrosanct Asset: The French Language  The sanctity—and relevance—of the French language lies in the hands of the intrepid members of the Académie Française, a centuries-old cloak-and-dagger society working to preserve France’s mother tongue.
  3. NYT – A Penthouse Made for Instagram  Spotless walls, a “millennial pink” sofa, a spa-style bathtub that’s waiting to be filled with flowers — and every inch of its 2,400 square feet is free from the clutter of everyday life.
  4. NYP – Mom files federal lawsuit after son doesn’t make high school soccer team Meet the quintessential ‘lawnmower’ parent
  5. Jalopnik – Cop Pulls Tesla Model 3 Driver Over For ‘Computer’ Mounted On Dashboard

Business/Economics:

  1. HBR – How to Retain and Engage Your B Players
  2. ProvPo – Stop It – Why IRR alone is an insufficient method for evaluating returns.
  3. Forbes – WhatsApp Cofounder Brian Acton Gives The Inside Story On #DeleteFacebook And Why He Left $850 Million Behind
  4. Economist – Makers of very expensive cars want to be luxury-goods firms  But they still have many of the trappings of the depressed car industry
  5. II – What Billy Beane and Jim Simons Have in Common  Investors clamor for transparency — but sometimes, a lack of it works to their advantage.

Culture/Tech/Science:

  1. NYT – He Got Schizophrenia. He Got Cancer. And Then He Got Cured.  A bone-marrow transplant treated a patient’s leukemia — and his delusions, too. Some doctors think they know why.
  2. PTO – The Paradox Of Bigger Wardrobes
  3. Freakonomics – Shawn Johnson Full Interview.  Freakonomics Radio has been doing a series on athletics.  This is an hour long interview with Olympian Shawn Johnson.  Johnson’s depth of insight and wisdom around gymnastics, children and sport in general is profound.
  4. WEF – This coating could be the end of air conditioning 
  5. Jalopnik – LA Authorities Charge First E-Scooter Rider With DUI After BAC Was Three Times Legal Limit Well that didn’t take long…

 

 

 

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