TouchStone Reads - July 14th, 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...

  • In Uncertain Times, Embrace Imperfectionism (HBR)
  • Measuring inequality: What is the Gini coefficient? (World in Data)
  • Q and A with Robert McCauley on Manias, Panics, and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises (London School of Economics)
  • Meta’s New Threads App Is Terrible. It Just Might Bury Twitter. It has one killer feature that’s a nightmare for Elon Musk. After less than a day, a new warrior has taken the clear lead in the Twitter wars. It’s Threads, the Twitter copycat from Meta.  (Slate)
  • The Physics of Kaizen: Why Somebody Should Get Credit for Fixing Problems That Never Happened (Taylor Pearson)
  • The $100 billion bet that a postindustrial US city can reinvent itself as a high-tech hub. Can a massive infusion of money for making computer chips transform the economy of Syracuse and show us how to rebuild the nation’s industrial base? (MIT Technology Review)
  • How to Do Great Work: If you collected lists of techniques for doing great work in a lot of different fields, what would the intersection look like? (Paul Graham)
  • How Fossil-Fuel-Owning Alts Managers Became Green-Energy Leaders: Firms like Brookfield and Carlyle are buying up polluters and promising to scrub them clean (Institutional Investor)
  • Peak TV Has Peaked: From Exhausted Talent to Massive Losses, the Writers Strike Magnifies an Industry in Freefall (Variety)

What are you reading or listening to?