Thanks for checking out another edition in our ongoing experiment in long form curation. As always we welcome your feedback.  (Items with a * next to them appeared in prior linkfests.) as the Motown Records of the financial web.  (The Reformed Broker)

Why things are better than they seem.  Honest.*  (New York)

What is driving the art market?  Easy money.*  (Big Picture)

How Baidu (BIDU) won China.  (BusinessWeek)

The end of probability.  (Simoleon Sense)

Coal is here to stay.  What can be done to make it cleaner?  (The Atlantic)

Wealth and intelligence across countries.  (The Psy-Fi Blog)

The report on ETFs everybody was talking about this week.*  (Kauffman Foundation)

A discussion with Richard Florida about the role of cities in economic development.  (Infectious Talk)

Thanks for checking in with Abnormal Returns. For all the latest you can follow us on StockTwits and Twitter.