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The Week’s Top Articles – 05/08/15

“Discard the junk…you are far better off to read a much smaller amount of good material with care and thoughtfulness.”
– Barton Biggs

Food for Thought:

  • New Yorker – Overkill – Credit CW – Surgeon / author Atul Gawande is back with a follow-up to his seminal 2009 article, The Cost Conundrum.  An avalanche of unnecessary medical care is harming patients physically and financially. What can we do about it?
  • MP – David Simon on Baltimore’s Anguish.  There have been lots of articles out about Baltimore and the issues there.  This interview with former Baltimore newspaper reporter and producer of HBO’s The Wire is particularly thought provoking.
  • NYTimes – How Some Men Fake an 80-Hour Workweek, and Why It Matters.  Imagine an elite professional services firm with a high-performing, workaholic culture. Everyone is expected to turn on a dime to serve a client.  It can make for a grueling work life, except for one dirty little secret: Some of the people ostensibly turning in those 80- or 90-hour workweeks, particularly men, may just be faking it.
  • Bloomberg – A League of His Own. A look inside the crazy corruption of soccer’s governing body and the quasi-dictator who runs it.
  • NY Times – Love and Merit.  These two great trends [of parenting] — greater praise and greater honing — combine in intense ways. Children are bathed in love, but it is often directional love. Parents shower their kids with affection, but it is meritocratic affection. It is intermingled with the desire to help their children achieve worldly success
  • WSJ  – Life Lessons from a Youth Baseball Coach.  Forget the competitive dads. To teach children about baseball—and life—a coach looks to their moms for help.
  • WashPo – Want millennials back in the pews? Stop trying to make church ‘cool.  An interesting look at levels of religious engagement in the millennial demographic.

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