TouchStone Reads - December 1st, 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...

  • Wages are rising. Jobs are plentiful. Nobody’s happy. It’s a good time to be a worker and a bad time to be a consumer — the problem is most people are both (Vox)

  • Why Randomness Doesn’t Feel Random (Behavioral Scientist)

  • The pace of technology adaptation is speeding up (HBR)

  • The asbestos times: Asbestos was a miracle material, virtually impervious to fire. But as we fixed city fires in other ways, we came to learn about its horrific downsides (Works in Progress)

  • The long goodbye: Working through the queue (The Smart Set)

  • Silicon Valley’s worldview is not just an ideology; it’s a personality disorder: Silicon Valley’s ideology is this: Libertarianism for me. Feudalism for thee (Crooked Timber)

  • ‘Tons of Crazy’: The Inside Story of How Fox Fell for the ‘Big Lie’ (Politico)

  • The Radio Host and the Real Estate Scam (New York Magazine)

  • They Tried to Expose Louisiana Judges Who Had Systematically Ignored Prisoners’ Petitions. No One Listened: The Scandal That Never Happened (ProPublica)

  • What Really Happened to the American Dream? (Why American capitalism is so rotten, Part 2) (Substack)

  • How mathematics built the modern world (Works in Progress)

  • John Mulaney on Turning Addiction Into Comedy and Why He ‘Identified’ With Matthew Perry’s Journey; Only a comedic mind like John Mulaney’s could mine gold from one of the lowest points of his life (Variety)

What are you reading or listening to?