TouchStone Reads - October 20th, 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...

  • Prof G Conversation with Fareed Zakaria - The Conflict in Israel and the state of foreign affairs (podcast skip to minute 19:30) (Apple Podcasts)
  • The Economy (Taylor’s Version): See how much money Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour actually made  (Washington Post)
  • The Worst Bond Bear Market in History: The bond bear market of the 1950s through the early-1980s was more of a death-by-a-thousand cuts. And the source of those cuts was inflation (A Wealth of Common Sense)
  • How the attacks in Israel are changing Threads: Three months into its existence, the app’s purpose may be coming into focus — if Meta will embrace it (Platformer)
  • In the War Against Russia, Some Ukrainians Carry AK-47s. Andrey Liscovich Carries a Shopping List (Wired)
  • I Got Paid to Spy on People While They Worked: The job was Mystery Shopper, part of a shadowy $1.5 billion industry. The personal cost was unbearable (Esquire)
  • Artificial General Intelligence Is Already Here (NOEMA)
  • Has Bob Iger Lost the Magic? (Businessweek)
  • ‘People are happier in a walkable neighbourhood’: the US town that banned cars (The Guardian)

What are you reading or listening to?