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.


A profile of the newly resurgent Suze Orman.  (The Daily Beast)

How Peter Lynch gives away his money.  (NYTimes)

Lunch with Henry Blodget who is a bull on media.  (FT)

Steve Ballmer on his exit from Microsoft ($MSFT).  (WSJ)


Midsize endowment funds are getting more sophisticated.  (Insitutional Investor)

Finance people say any number of stupid things.  (Morgan Housel)

Why every asset manager needs an ETF strategy.  (PWC via Focus on Funds)


Tyler Cowen on how the coming robot age could lead to a new libertarian era.  (Politico Magazine)

Switzerland is taking the idea of minimum income to its logical extreme.  (NYTimes contra Marginal Revolution)

The shadow banking system is evolving but not necessarily for the better.  (FT Alphaville)


Why startups are attractive for techies relative to finance.  (Points and Figures)

Selling solar power door-to-door works.  (Reuters)


Who will be the “Time Inc.” of the online news world?  (Felix Salmon)

Amazon’s ($AMZN) greatest weapon is Jeff Bezos’ paranoia.  (WSJ)

An interview with Tony Fadell of Nest on the lack of innovation in the home.  (Bits)


You can thank the anti-vaccination crowd for the return of whooping cough.  (TNR)

Anti-gluten is a full-blown fad.  (Bloomberg)


Why lifetime appointments to the Supreme Court no longer make sense.  (Slate)

What can small post-industrial towns do to survive?  (New Geography)


There is a “souvlaki renaissance sweeping Greece.”  (WSJ)

The bourbon whiskey family tree. (GQ via @kottke)


Sports fans are tapped out. That is why sports leagues are looking elsewhere for dough.  (Buzzfeed Business)

On the possibility of enhanced use of technology to call balls and strikes.  (Grantland via MR)


How selling out saved indie rock.  (Buzzfeed)

How The Beatles became the biggest band in the world.  (The Daily Beast)


An excerpt from Ninety Percent of Everything: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry That Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car, and Food on Your Plate, by Rose George.  (The Week)

An interview with Michael Mauboussin author of The Success Equation: Untangling Skill and Luck in Business, Sports, and Investing on complexity.  (Compounding My Interests)

James Pethokoukis talks with Tyler Cowen author of Average Is Over: Powering America beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation.  (AEI)

An excerpt from The Power of Glamour: Longing and the Art of Visual Persuation by Virginia Postrel.  (Slate)

An excerpt from Rob Delaney’s Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage.  (The Atlantic)

Earlier on Abnormal Returns

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

When actively managed funds make sense.  (Abnormal Returns)

Mixed media

Why prostitutes are a safer bet for Justin Bieber.  (The Kernel via @thestalwart)

The contemporary-art bubble is entering its final stages.  (Felix Salmon)

How to waste time properly.  (Nautilus)

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