The weekend is a great time to catch up on some longer reads from the prior week. Enjoy!


Skill, luck and the search for inefficiencies.  (Howard Marks)

What a venture capitalist can teach you about investing.  (Brian Lund)

Investing is a bottom-up activity.  (Crossing Wall Street)

Financial planning

Why financial planners will have to lower their minimums.  (Nerd’s Eye View)

How Mr. Money Mustache retired early.  (Marketwatch)

An interview with Carl Richards, author of The Behavior Gap: Simple Ways to Stop Doing Dumb Things With Money.  (DoughRoller)


The financial benefits of being beautiful.  (The Atlantic)

Why we need more than financial literacy education.  (Quartz)

People love free stuff.  (Priceonomics Blog)


Marc Andreesen and Chris Dixon talk lean startups.  (YouTube via A VC)

How to raise money from venture capitalists.  (Medium)

A short profile of the father-son team behind Lerer Ventures.  (New York)


We are now finally entering the Information Age.  (Continuations)

Why does audio not go viral?  (Digg)

Are subscriptions or advertising the right revenue model for streaming audio?  (Quartz)

Behind the invention of the Mophie Juice Pack.  (Medium)


Snowy owls are moving South.  (Atlantic Cities)

The downside of reversing the Chicago River: Asian carp.  (Atlantic Cities)

Can meditation transform a school?  (SFGate)


Steve Jobs’ doctor prescribes 65 rules to live longer in A Short Guide to a Long Life.  (Wired)

How health affects wealth, and vice versa.  (Your Wealth Effect)

On the prospects for an all-in-one flu shot.  (Scientific American)

Better hearing through Bluetooth.  (Well)


Coffee may very well be a memory booster.  (Well)

The dark side of the truffle trade.  (The Atlantic)


Why the NFL needs Peyton Manning.  (Slate)

How hard is it to become an Olympic bobsledder?  (The Daily Beast)


Why the movie ‘Her‘ is the perfect movie for our time.  (Cass Sunstein)

The movie Rain Main couldn’t be made today.  (Grantland)

Why 2013 was such a good year for film.  (The Atlantic)

Bill Murray’s AMA.  (Reddit)


Why adolescence is hell…on parents. An excerpt from Jennifer Senior’s All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood.  (New York)

Lessons from The 8 Essential Actions to Succeed at Anything by Alden M. Mills.  (Reading the Markets)

Success is rare absent focus. Insights from Daniel Goldman’s Focus: The Hidden Drive of Success.  (Farnam Street)

A nice review of Tim Harford’s The Undercover Economist Strikes Back: How to Run or Ruin an Economy. (WSJ)

Earlier on Abnormal Returns

Indexing is no panacea for investors.  (Abnormal Returns)

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

Mixed media

Hire by audition, not resume.  (HBR)

In praise of geekdom.  (Hypercritical via kottke)

Why would anyone buy a house in Detroit for $500?  (Buzzfeed)

52 places to go in 2014.  (NYTimes)

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