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The Best Articles of the Week – 04/22/16

Food for Thought:

  1. The Atlantic – The Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans.  Nearly half of Americans would have trouble finding $400 to pay for an emergency. I’m one of them.
  2. NYTimes – The Minecraft Generation.  How a clunky Swedish computer game is teaching millions of children to master the digital world.
  3. ESPN – The Secret History of Tiger Woods.  The death of his father set a battle raging inside the world’s greatest golfer. How he waged that war — through an obsession with the Navy SEALs — is the tale of how Tiger lost his way.
  4. ML – Memo to parents: Your adult kids don’t want your stuff.  Parents of grown children, please sit down. I have some harsh news for you. Your kids don’t want your stuff. Don’t take it personally. It’s not that they don’t love you. They don’t love your furniture.
  5. Vogue – 73 Questions With Taylor Swift. Vogue’s May cover star Taylor Swift takes us on a tour of her Beverly Hills home and answers all of our questions, including what she’d be doing if she wasn’t a singer, and her best advice for her 19-year-old self.
Business/Economics:

  1. NYTimes – Down to Lunch Founders Pursue Less-Traveled Path to App Success
  2. Stratechery – Facebook, Phones and Phonebooks. What Facebook is and isn’t
  3. WSJ – LendingClub Boosts Projected Loan Losses, Raises Rates on Some Loans.  Largest online lender will charge riskier customers more to borrow.
  4. The Atalntic – Payday Lending: Will Anything Better Replace It? The practice is slowly being regulated out of existence. But it’s unclear where low-income Americans will find short-term loans instead.
  5. WSJ – New Model for Independent Bookstores.  More bookstores are opening with technology and tactics that help them cater to local book lovers
Culture/Tech/Science:

  1. TheAtlantic – The Average 29-Year-Old.  Forget media archetypes of older Millennials as college-educated singles living in cities. The typical 29-year-old is living with a partner in the suburbs—without a bachelor’s degree
  2. WSJ – A Navy Seal’s Survival Handbook Takes Off.  100 deadly skills for surviving the worst
  3. FoxNews – Air Force maglev sled breaks record at 633 mph
  4. WSJ – Farmers Reap New Tools From Their Own High-Tech Tinkering.  Robotic machinery, soil-monitoring apps are among homegrown inventions cropping up in the fields.
  5. NPR – The Full-Fat Paradox: Dairy Fat Linked To Lower Diabetes Risk

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