Pull up a chair and a cup of joe — here are some longer form reads to start your weekend:

• Billions on Flood Barriers Now Might Save New York City  (Bloombergsee also It’s Déjà Vu for the Financial District (WSJ)
Felix: When Quants tell stories (Reuters)
• The digital challenge: The fate of the book (The New Criterion)
• The history of cannabis in Colorado…or how the state went to pot (Westword)
• The 5 Smartest Things on Wall Street (TheStreet.com)
• Beating the recruitment machines (BBC) see also Healing U.S. Labor Market Means Fewer Temporary Jobs (Bloomberg)
• The Republicans: Behind the Barricades (NY Books)
• The Science of “Intuition” (Brain Pickings)
• First Serial: Marvel Comics, The Untold Story (Grantland)
• The Long Con: Mail-order conservatism (The Baffler) see also The Revenge Of Rick Perry (The New Republic)

What are you reading?


Slower Growth Seen in a Graying World

Source: NYT

Category: Financial Press

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8 Responses to “10 Weekend Reads”

  1. frankdotts says:

    While not a read per se, I’ll gladly recommend this video entitled “The Psychology of Everything: What Compassion, Racism, and Sex tell us about Human Nature”


  2. RW says:

    Assholes: A Theory. Underneath the fun there is some semi-serious philosophy in this book that sometimes makes it too academic in tone but it’s a good read none-the-less not simply for the categories of assholery it defines (and the means for managing contact with each) but for the core definition that binds them all together into a recognizable species viz “[a person who enjoys] special advantages in interpersonal relations out of an entrenched sense of entitlement that immunizes him against the complaints of other people.

    After reading Rick Perlstein’s superb article, The Long Con: Mail-order conservatism, I could become persuaded that a fair number of lay conservatives are not so much anti-science as completely snowed under by a blizzard of bamboozlement. The conservative marketing machine takes the multilevel, evangelical model to dizzying heights of influence and profitability.

  3. James P says:

    Yes, Mail-order conservatism is a long but well worth the effort article. I am sure there are bleeding liberal analogues to the right wing fleecing machine (any mailer with a baby seal or polar bear on the cover). It appears to all be part and parcel, like religion, of selling a narrative to those who never had, or who have compartmentalized analytical thinking. But follow the money. Who profits? seems to be one of the surest paths to rational explanations for some of the weirdest shit that goes on.

  4. patfla says:

    This is not the title of the article but rather a sentence from within it:

    “There is hardly an issue about which Germans as so united as they are by their desire to see America on its knees.”

    Typo. I believe it should be “Germans ARE so united (not as)”


    The word ‘downfall’ is in the URL. Gee – Untergang. Der Untergang des Abendlandes. How Germanic.

  5. Yacht Rocker says:

    I’m reading http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2012/11/inside-team-romneys-whale-of-an-it-meltdown/ , Inside Team Romney’s Whale of an IT Meltdown, how basically Romney’s campaign leadership was flying blind on election day due to the same belief-based poorly planned and implemented stuff they did outside of IT. Great read!