Saturday links: culture wars

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.

Finance

Why women are still so scarce on Wall Street.  (Quartz)

In defense of classic venture capital.  (Pando Daily)

Swapping pensions for 401(k)s was not a good trade.  (Wonkblog)

Confirmation bias is working at a deeper level than we think.  (Above the Market)

Economics

Could the inflation of the 1970s have been avoided?  (Interfluidity)

Hardin, Ostrom and the “tragedy of the commons.”  (Tim Harford)

What exactly caused the Great Divergence?  (Free exchange)

Why the Internet is perfect for price discrimination.  (Felix Salmon)

Business

The Greek yogurt culture wars are leaving slow sellers by the wayside.  (WSJ)

The strange story of the founding of Skype.  (ArsTechnica)

Why the shipping industry is so cyclical.  (Businessweek)

Advice

How to take the perfect nap.  (WSJ)

Finding time to read.  (Farnam Street)

How to become a morning person.  (NPR)

Health

Why aren’t you dead yet?  (Slate)

Inside the new (physical) science of the mind.  (NYTimes)

A discussion with Mark Maron on addiction.  (Slate)

Education

Do Americans care more about sports than academics?  (New Yorker)

How schools are failing non-conformist kids.  (New Republic)

Books

10 fascinating facts about the shipping-industrial complex from Rose George’s Ninety Percent of Everything: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry That Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car and Food on Your Plate.  (Fast Company)

Ten insights from Rolf Dobelli’s The Art of Thinking Clearly.  (Farnam Street)

A stunning gap between reputation and results. A look at Duff Macdonald’s The Firm: The Story of McKinsey and Its Secret Influence on American Business.  (Dealbook)

Earlier on Abnormal Returns

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

Mixed media

Why are the Hollywood studios so wedded to suboptimal release strategies?  (NYTimes)

Why moving stories won’t stop people from texting while driving.  (Seth Godin)

Meet the new king of poker: a bot.  (NYTimes)

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