TouchStone Reads - February 23rd, 2024


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...

  • Palm Beach Is Having a Category 5 Identity Crisis (Vanity Fair)

  • You paid more in income taxes last year than a corporation with billions in profits (Popular Information)

  • The Life and Death of the American Mall: The indoor suburban shopping center is a special kind of abandoned place (Atlas Obscura)

  • Is the Media Prepared for an Extinction-Level Event? (New Yorker)

  • Kara Swisher Is Sick of Tech People, So She Wrote a Book About Them (Wired)

  • The Albatross Around America’s Neck: How health-care opacity neutralizes competition and fuels a corporate race to corner health-care markets. Purchased influence has led to regulatory capture, shaping legislation to consistently favor the health-care industry’s interests (Health Care Un-Covered)

  • The Legal Coup: New Documents Reveal How Trump Lawyers Sought ‘Chaos’ to Force SCOTUS, or Whoever Else, to Anoint Trump (TPM)

  • Boeing is a wake-up call: America’s businesses gambled that ‘greed is good.’ Now they’re losing that bet, big time (Business Insider)

  • The World’s Most Important Industry Has a New Captain - and She’s Piloting It Into the 21st Century (Wired)

  • Why You’ve Never Been In A Plane Crash: The United States leads the world in airline safety. That’s because of the way we assign blame when accidents do happen. (Asterisk)

  • 200 cats, 200 dogs, one lab: the secrets of the pet food industry (The Guardian)

  • Podcast - Fentanyl Is Bad. ‘Tranq’ Might Be Worse (The Journal)

What are you reading or listening to?