TouchStone Reads - August 25th, 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...


  • A personal story from last American man to win the US Open (Tennis): Andy Roddick on Winning the US Open, Losing to Federer, and Why He Threw Away His Trophies (GQ)

  • Podcast recommendation: Five Ways to improve your breathing for better health (Apple Podcasts)

  • Even restaurant menus are trying to manipulate us: 8 Psychological Tricks of Restaurant Menus (

  • Time to change your view on fidgeting: Why fidgeting is good for you (BBC Future)

  • A skill worth mastering: How To Read The Room Like A Pro: 5 Expert Tips To Master (

  • I’ll draw a line in the sand if they ban the Captain Crunch logo: Kellogg’s is going to war over Mexico’s nutrition label rules (

  • Next slide, please: A brief history of the corporate presentation (MIT Technology Review)

  • A study on “honesty pledges” became famous. Its data was fake (Big Think)

  • LK-99 isn’t a superconductor — how science sleuths solved the mystery: Replications pieced together the puzzle of why the material displayed superconducting-like behaviours. (Nature)

  • Tracking the EV battery factory construction boom across North America: Here’s where the US stands on EV battery production, 1 year after the Inflation Reduction Act was signed (TechCrunch)

  • How the collapse of the ruble could impact the war in Ukraine: The ruble immediately plunged following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. It saw an uptick at the end of that year but has been falling ever since (The Week)

What are you reading or listening to?