TouchStone Reads - October 6th, 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...

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  • Winners of the Nature TTL Photographer of the Year 2023 (The Atlantic)
  • The Least Bad Choice: The nuanced, counterintuitive truth is that the pandemic presented policymakers with a series of terrible options. To their credit, they made the least bad choice. Those choices are still resonating today, impacting stock markets, bonds, inflation, and politics. (The Big Picture)
  • How not to be fooled by viral charts Part 1: How to spot misinformation, mistakes, and meaningless data (Noahpinion)
  • A $12 Million Request to Cover a Crypto Scam Sank a Bank (Businessweek)
  • The Trial of Sam Bankman-Fried, Explained (Wired)
  • New York is breaking free of Airbnb’s clutches. This is how the rest of the world can follow suit (The Guardian)
  • Inside Sam Bankman-Fried’s Family Bubble (New Yorker)
  • Dead NFTs: The Evolving Landscape of the NFT Market (DappGambl)
  • The Oppenheimer of Our Age: Sam Altman insists the AI he is creating could destroy us even as he hastens its advancement. Do we know enough about him? (New York Magazine)
  • ‘We are just getting started’: the plastic-eating bacteria that could change the world (The Guardian)
  • The Movie Song Guru (The Ringer)
  • Why do people love living in Canada? (BBC)



What are you reading or listening to?