TouchStone Reads - July 7th, 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...

  • The Explosive Growth Of The Fireworks Market: (NPR)

  • American Cities Have a Conversion Problem, and It’s Not Just Offices: Piles of regulations, or “kludge,” and a culture of “no” are limiting the ability to turn convert offices into residential units and building blocks into something new. (Upshot)

  • Untangling the Urban Doom Loop:(CityLab)

  • SBF’s Big Shopping List: From Larry David Ads to 52-Foot Yachts:(Businessweek)

  • Newly Unearthed Emails Show Trump Attorneys Coordinating Fake Electors: Two Nevada electors reportedly received immunity for testimony in Jack Smith’s investigation (Talking Points Memo)

  • Against Exercise Machines: Ellipticals, weightlifting contraptions, bikes with screens—just ditch them all. (Slate)

  • The First MAGA Democrat: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is feeding Americans’ appetite for conspiracies. (The Atlantic)

  • HBO shows are coming to Netflix. Here’s why that matters. Netflix set out to become HBO. Now it’s going to stream actual HBO shows. Goodbye, streaming wars? (Vox)

  • Dave Grohl’s Monument to Mortality:. (The Atlantic)

  • The Man Who Broke Bowling: (GQ)

  • Summer Steaming Recommendation: Jury Duty (Amazon Prime). From the makers of The Office. Original and Funny !

What are you reading or listening to?