TouchStone Reads - July 16th, 2021


We often set aside articles that are longer, deserve a re-read, are broader in scope…or just for fun — for weekend reading. Below are some from this week — pour yourself a hot cup of coffee & enjoy...

  • Bank (No Mercy No Malice)

  • The Machine Stops: Oliver Sachs on steam engines, smartphones, and fearing the future (New Yorker)

  • The lie of “expired” food and the disastrous truth of America’s food waste problem (Vox)

  • There’s A Stark Red-Blue Divide When It Comes To States’ Vaccination Rates (NPR)

  • The SEC’s Finally Putting SPACs Under Scrutiny the case against Stable Road Acquisition Corp. and Momentus Inc. (; And the role of banks that advise SPACs and their merger targets ( - and sometimes, both.

  • As iPhone users say ‘No’ to tracking, Facebook Inc.’s advertisers are beginning to worry (

  • The U.S. Is Rapidly Running Low on Water (Slate)

  • What Happens to Your Body After a Year Inside? Pandemic-induced isolation has led to a wide range of physical effects. Here’s what to watch out for - and how to address it. (Outside)

  • A Banking App Has Been Suddenly Closing Accounts, Sometimes Not Returning Customers’ Money (ProPublica)

  • When the Next Animal Plague Hits, Can This Lab Stop It? (Wired)

What are you reading or listening to?