TouchStone Reads - June 16th, 2023


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...

  • Compounding Optimism: Ideas compound. Inventions compound. Education compounds. A trivial thing can grow into a massive thing, and faster than most people realize (Collab Fund)

  • Aaron Ginn - A Manifesto on Friendship. To change the world and to live a full life, get some friends. (OFP)

  • Woman declared dead in Ecuador revives during her wake; health authorities investigate (AP News)

  • Medical Properties Trust spent billions buying community hospitals in bewildering deals that made private equity rich and working-class towns reel (Prospect)

  • Interview with Ramit Sethi. How to live a rich life by treating money as a tool to do the things that you want to do. That’s one part financial freedom, one part prioritization of your life, and one part less stress and worries about financial matters (Ritholtz)

  • America’s Long, Tortured Journey to Build EV Batteries: The fall of startup A123 still haunts the US decades later- and reveals everything that’s wrong with this country’s approach to innovation. (Businessweek)

  • How solar farms took over the California desert: ‘An oasis has become a dead sea’ (Guardian)

  • Craft Beer Is Doing the Unthinkable: Mimicking Macro Beer (InsideHook)

  • NYC; The Worst Air Quality on the Planet (CaseyNeistat - YouTube)

  • The Atlantic Magazine has re-launched a podcast called Radio Atlantic: staff writer Tim Alberta discusses his in-depth profile of CNN's Chris Licht and the announcement last week that the CEO would step down (Spotify)

  • Putri Ariani receives the GOLDEN BUZZER from Simon Cowell | Auditions | AGT 2023 (YouTube)

What are you reading or listening to?