The weekend is a great time to catch up on some long-form links you missed during the week. We think this should also include our new book, Abnormal Returns: Winning Strategies from the Frontlines of the Investment Blogosphere. Enjoy.


How we as investors get “primed” to take risk.  (The Psy-Fi Blog)

Notes from Seth Klarman’s investment classic, Margin of Safety.  (Market Folly)

Just think what the SEC if it were fully funded.  (Businessweek)

Why we should worry about a commodities bubble, an excerpt from Ruchir Sharma’s Breakout Nations.  (The Atlantic)


The lost Steve Jobs tapes.  (Fast Company)

Is this really the golden age for inventors?   (NYTimes)

How the technology parade passed Sony ($SNE) by.  (NYTimes)


South Carolina as example of a US manufacturing renaissance.  (WSJ)

The German economy has thrived in part due to greater flexibility.  (FT)

Why people are leaving California and where they are going.  (WSJ)


Checking in on the artisanal food hype in Brooklyn.  (New York)

Building a better mac and cheese.  (WSJ)

Are we ready for test tube meat?  (FT)


How Willie Nelson and other “Texas misfits” changed country music.  (Texas Monthly via Longform)

A profile of “everyone’s favorite popular science writer” Jonah Lehrer.  (FT via The Browser)


David McRaney, “Willpower is a finite resource.”  (You Are Not So Smart via @brainpickings)

Can exercise make you smarter?  (NYTimes, ibid)

What are the benefits of body fat?  (Obesity Panacea via The Browser)


Can computers replace human writers?  (The Atlantic)

Can the New York Times ($NYT) survive as an independent entity?  (CJR)

The coming book wars: who will come out on top?  (The Atlantic)

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