TouchStone Reads - July 21st, 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...

  • Where Did Our Belief in Abundance Come From? History shows that we don’t have to be satisfied with the economic and intellectual limits of the age in which we live (Discourse)

  • Masters of Their Own Realities: A wide range of musicians are heading back to the studio to retrace the past and reclaim ownership of their work. (The Ringer)

  • How AI is bringing film stars back from the dead (BBC)

  • The Best Way to Save American Lives on the Road (Time)

  • The Safety Dance: Autonomous vehicle companies claim that “humans are terrible drivers” and their tech is needed to save lives. Don’t buy it. (Slate)

  • Extreme Heat Is Deadlier Than Hurricanes, Floods and Tornadoes Combined: When dangerous heat waves hit cities, better risk communication could save lives. (Scientific American)

  • The ‘QAnon Shaman’ and other Capitol rioters who regret pleading guilty (BBC)

  • Here are all the positive environmental stories from 2023 so far (Euro News)

  • Goodbye to the Prophets of Doom: The conventional wisdom about the global economy is that the rich have been getting richer and the poor have been getting poorer. What if that isn’t true? (The Atlantic)

  • Why the Past 10 Years of American Life Have Been Uniquely Stupid: It’s not just a phase. (The Atlantic)

What are you reading or listening to?