The Week’s Best Articles – 9/23/16

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Food for Thought:

  1. NYMag – I Used to Be a Human Being.  An endless bombardment of news and gossip and images has rendered us manic information addicts. It broke me. It might break you, too.
  2. Politico – Trains Built Roanoke. Science Saved It. – Credit EW – Not long ago the city’s downtown was home to just 15 people. Now it’s bustling. Here’s how it rebooted.
  3.  WSJ – Get Your Children Good and Dirty.  Researchers are discovering how crucial microbes are to our health and to avoiding a range of newly common diseases. So it’s time to get dirty, eat better and stop overusing antibiotics.
  4. CF – What A Time to Be Alive – Credit SF – A nice reminder that despite lots of negative things, it is still a pretty great time to be living.
  5. BI – Spanx CEO Sara Blakely offers advice to redefine failure – Now this is great parenting.

Business/Economics:

  1. NewYorker – Patagonia’s Philosopher King.  How Yvon Chouinard turned his eco-conscious, anti-corporate ideals into the credo of a successful clothing company.
  2. WSJ – How Wells Fargo’s High-Pressure Sales Culture Spiraled Out of Control.  Hourly targets, fear of being fired and bonuses kept employees selling even when the bank began cracking down on abuses; ‘not a team player’
  3. ZH – $195 Billion Asset Manager: “The Time Has Come To Leave The Dance Floor”  -Credit JC
  4. MJ – Can This (Hedge Fund) Relationship Be Saved?
  5. Medium – The Greatest Sales Deck I’ve Ever Seen

Culture/Tech/Science:

  1. SOG – The Right Way To Cut People Off in Meetings
  2. BI – A student who got into all 8 Ivy League schools explains a trick for bargaining with colleges to lower the cost
  3. Vice – How Tupac and Biggie Went from Friends to Deadly Rivals
  4. Nautilus – How I Rewired My Brain to Become Fluent in Math.  The building blocks of understanding are memorization and repetition.
  5. Slate – When Cellphones Became Cool.  How the Nokia 3210 started the mobile revolution—and what it tells us about the next world-changing gadget.