Saturday links: mere connections

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.


If value investing works, why aren’t value investor returns better?  (Greenbackd, part 2, part 3)

A chat with Mark Yusko about the state of alternative investing.  (IndexUniverse)

The big report everyone is talking about: “The value of the hedge fund industry to investors, markets, and the broader economy” (KPMG/AIMA)


Good luck trying to piece together the risk picture at a bank, trade by trade.  (Epicurean Dealmaker)

How financial markets can achieve sub-optimal outcomes: Andrew Haldane on the “Financial arms race.”  (Bank of England)

New York City needs to diversify away from finance.  (City Journal via @jasonzweigwsj)

A look at commodities trading giant Glencore.  (Foreign Policy via FT Alphaville)


Why Chairman Bernanke should listen more to Professor Bernanke.  (NYTimes)

Russ Roberts and Tyler Cowen talk about the economics of eating out.  (EconTalk)


Why can’t Americans finish college any more?  (WSJ)

There are no walls between Stanford and Silicon Valley. Is that a problem?  (New Yorker)


A profile of Marc Andreessen.  (Wired contra Felix Salmon)

What your Klout score really means.  (Wired)


Where did all the accomplished people go?  (Slate)

Is “Big Science” worth the cost?  (NY Review of Books via The Browser)


Have we sacrificed conversation for mere connection?  (NYTimes)

Claude S. Fischer, “Loneliness is a social problem because lonely people suffer. But it’s not a growing problem.”  (Boston Review)

The Arts

How fiction changes us.  (Boston Globe)

Edward O. Wilson on the evolution of the arts.  (Harvard Magazine via Longform)

Are creativity and immorality linked?  (Scientific American)


Big Hy“: the most noble movie bootlegger ever.  (NYTimes)

Roger Ebert’s 10 greatest films of all-time.  (Roger Ebert)


How the “Man Who Hacked Hollywood” got caught.  (GQ via @longform)

Is America ready for another dose of Aaron Sorkin on TV, this time in the newsroom?  (Vanity Fair)


An excerpt from Paul J Zak’s The Moral Molecule:  The Source of Love and Prosperity. (WSJ)

An excerpt from Leonard Mlodinow’s Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior.  (Scientific American)

A review of Alan Ehrenhalt’s The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City.  (New Geography)

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