This week’s highlights: Cults, Fast Fashion, and an Oversized Cheez-It
Hope your weekend is a pleasant one.
Food for Thought
- Esquire – The Follower. When he was 19 Jeff Gross fell under the sway of the charismatic, fifty-one-year-old Mildred Gordon and spent more than half his life in an “intentional community” they built together. It turned out to be much, much more than that.
- WSJ – America’s Coming Charity Deficit Young people aren’t attached to religion, which could augur ill for their future giving
- Harpers – The Anxiety of Influencers. Educating the TikTok generation
- NYT – Four Takeaways From a Times Investigation Into China’s Expanding Surveillance State
- NYMag – Masters of the Bubbleverse. Secretive hedge fund Tiger Global changed the rules on tech investing. Then it all went bad.
Business and Markets
- RoW – What Chinese media reveals about Shein’s secretive operations. While it’s acknowledged that Shein has upended the e-commerce industry, the company is a black box;
- Oaktree – The Roundup: Top Takeaways From Oaktree’s Quarterly Letters
- WSJ – The Surprising Reason Your Amazon Searches Are Returning More Confusing Results than Ever
- FFI – A Renewed Call for Accurate Research about Family Wealth Longevity
- Twitter – Why Are There So Many Bad Spiderman Movies. Interesting thread on media rights
Science, Technology, and Culture
- Vulture – ‘No Aliens, No Spaceships, No Invasion of Earth’. An oral history of Contact, the sci-fi movie that defied Hollywood norms and made it big anyway.
- OWID – Why is life expectancy in the US lower than in other rich countries?
- CNN – Taco Bell’s newest food uses an oversized Cheez-It. This is either the pinnacle or nadir of capitalism.
- Youtube – The Lava Lamps That Help Keep The Internet Secure
- TheSun – Humans can learn mindblowing ‘SIXTH sense’ – and it only ‘takes 10 weeks to master’. People with vision loss can learn to navigate their surroundings using a technique more commonly associated with bats and dolphins.
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