‘Tis the season and for the budding entrepreneur on your list check out Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship and Betrayal by Nick Bilton, an Economist book of the year.


A must-read piece from James Montier on why there is nothing new in investing.  (GMO)

Cliff Asness’ top ten pet peeves.  (Financial Analysts Journal)

Shots fired. Buffett’s alpha is not all that.  (Frazzini, Kabiller and Pedersen)

A high frequency trading bibliography.  (Themis Trading)


The epic rise (and fall) of Demand Media ($DMD).  (Variety)

The rise and fall of Blackberry ($BBRY): an oral history.  (Businessweek)

A profile of Marissa Mayer one year plus into running Yahoo ($YHOO).  (Vanity Fair)


Comparing Europe’s Ryanair to America’s Southwest ($LUV).  (flightfox via @thebrowser)

Merck ($MRK) is in hot pursuit of the next Ambien.  (New Yorker)


How to become an angel investor.  (WSJ)

Don’t start a company, kid.  (Big Nerd Ranch)

On the value with sticking with struggling investments.  (A VC)

Eighteen lessons for founders on raising money.  (Medium)


Delivery by drone is not a big joke.  (Farhad Manjoo)

Do we really want robots occupying more of our personal space?  (FT Alphaville)

Google ($GOOG) wants to be a player in robotics.  (NYTimes)

2014 is going to be the year of the ‘Internet of things.’  (Quartz)


How a Gawker editor identifies viral content.  (WSJ)

How to burst your own “filter bubble.”  (Technology Review)

A list of reasons why our brains love lists.  (New Yorker)

On the economics of ghostwriting.  (Priceonomics Blog)


Walk faster, people.  (Well)

Are allergy shots a thing of the past?  (NYTimes)

Health care spending is slowing.  (James Surowiecki)


Does intermittent fasting help you lose weight?  (WSJ)

How to get the most out of your bowl of pho.  (Medium)

The 20 best craft breweries of 2013.  (Paste)


The 13 best movies you didn’t see in 2013.  (Wired)

The Coen Brothers movies ranked.  (Slate)

How binge-watching Netflix-style will change our culture.  (New Republic)

The highest grossing movies in the US are declining in quality.  (Priceonomics Blog)


An excerpt from Scott Adams’ How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life.  (BoingBoing via @timharford)

An excerpt from Glen Berger author of Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History.  (Slate)

Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality by Edward Frenkel is a book about “mathematical love.”  (Farnam Street)

Ben Bradlee Jr.’s The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams looks to be the ultimate biography of the greatest hitter.  (Slate, WSJ)

An interview with Malcolm Gladwell author of David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.  (Knowledge@Wharton)

Book lists

Slate’s best books of the year including Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade by Adam Minter.  (Slate)

The 10 best books of 2013 including After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response and the Work Ahead by Alan Blinder.  (NYTimes)

The best books of the year including The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley.  (Economist)

Earlier on Abnormal Returns

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

Mixed media

A paradox: why are recession-era graduates happier?  (HBR)

Would you rather be born rich or smart?  (The Atlantic)

Relax, life does not really exist.  (Scientific American)

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