This week’s highlights: Friendship, Philanthropy and Liquid Death
Happy Friday everyone –
The holiday season has arrived and the sprint to New Year’s is on. I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful.
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No major theme emerged for this week’s edition – here are a selection of interesting and thought provoking pieces.
Topic of the Week
- NYT – Why Is It So Hard for Men to Make Close Friends?
- Comment – Serious Business. How should we think about s-e-x in the modern world? “It’s true that boundaries hem in our freedom, but we are discovering, painfully, that a fundamental commitment to freedom is out of balance. We are, in fact, served by boundaries and limits; we need to have some real ideas about where we can go and where we can’t.”
- BBC – Does US-style philanthropy exist in UK? The US has roughly five times the population of the UK but Americans give 45 times as much.
- Outside – Jim Harris Was Paralyzed. Then He Ate Magic Mushrooms.
- Common Sense – There Is No Such Thing as A.I. Art. DALL-E compiles, sifts, and analyzes. But it doesn’t dare. It doesn’t take risks. Only humans, our vulnerable species, can. Walter Kirn writes.
Other Great Reads
- Neuberger – The Rise of GP-Led Secondaries
- CNBC – How Liquid Death’s 40-year-old founder turned ‘the dumbest name’ and a Facebook post into a $700 million water brand
- NYT – Was This $100 Billion Deal the Worst Merger Ever? At Time Warner, executives saw AT&T as just a “big phone company from Texas.” At AT&T, they thought Hollywood would play by their rules. That combination led to strategic miscalculation unrivaled in recent corporate history.
- NM – Venture Capital Is Ripe for Disruption A world where a billion is a drop in the bucket
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