The weekend is a great time to catch up on some long form items that we passed up on during the week. Thanks for checking in.


Why a broader fiduciary standard must come along with a new prevailing attitude as well.  (Above the Market)

The 1975 Warren Buffett letter that saved the Washington Post pension fund.  (Fortune via Quartz)

Why the currency carry trade works.  (Economist)

Why professional athletes so often end up in financial ruin.  (InvestmentNews)


Venture capitalists are not immune from herding.  (Paul Graham)

What the entrepreneur class looks like demographically.  (Wonkblog)

If you want to be an entrepreneur don’t go to Harvard.  (WSJ)


A profile of the new owner of the Washington Post, Jeff Bezos.  (Washington Post)

Your house and car are now targets for hackers.  (Bits, Fast Company)


The earliest Americans keep getting older.  (New Yorker)

More evidence of ‘Peak Car.’   (The Atlantic)


Genetics is changing the way we treat cancer.  (WSJ)

On a striking genetic relationship between autism and certain cancers.  (NYTimes)

Childhood stomach aches are often a precursor of adult anxiety disorders.  (Well)


What are your food texture preferences?  (WSJ)

A brief history of the children’s menu.  (Slate)


American farms keep on getting bigger.  (Wonkblog)

American farmers are getting older.  (WSJ)

And farmland prices are getting higher.  (NYTimes)


The odds of a Hollywood film and a startup succeeding are about the same.  (Priceonomics)

The book (and bookstores) as we know it is dead.  (Seth Godin, GigaOM)

Why hasn’t some one figured out how to beat ESPN?  (The Atlantic, NYTimes)

11 reasons why the Eagles suck.  (Business Insider)


Multitasking makes you stupid.  (Priceonomics)

How to build up your bones.  (Well)

How to be a better conversationalist.  (WSJ)


Ten reasons why Chicago built post-war America featuring Thomas Dyja author of The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream.  (Freakonomics)

Meet the financial guru, Clark Howard author of Clark Howard’s Living Large for the Long Haul, who preaches frugality.  (Slate)

Is McKinsey & Co. to blame for skyrocketing executive compensation? An excerpt from Duff McDonald’s new book The Firm: The History of McKinsey and Its Secret Influence on American Business.  (NY Observer also Big Picture)

How Penn State football survived. An excerpt from John U. Bacon’s Fourth and Long: The Fight for the Soul of College Football.  (WSJ)

Earlier on Abnormal Returns

What you may have missed in our Friday linkfest.  (Abnormal Returns)

Mixed media

The complete guide to getting an Economics PhD.  (Quartz)

On the renaissance of longform journalism.  (Pando Daily)

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