Ritholtz's Reads: Billionaires Solving Death

Barry Ritholtz is a Bloomberg View columnist. He founded Ritholtz Wealth Management and was chief executive and director of equity research at FusionIQ, a quantitative research firm. He blogs at the Big Picture and is the author of “Bailout Nation: How Greed and Easy Money Corrupted Wall Street and Shook the World Economy.”
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Good Saturday morning. Pour yourself a hot mug of Kenya AA coffee‎, and enjoy our longer form weekend reads:

  • Deconstructing ShadowStats. Why is it so Loved by its Followers but Scorned by Economists? (EconoMonitor)
  • How tech billionaires are using money and data to solve for death (Washington Post)
  • The Secret Sauce: How Buffalo Wild Wings Turned the Sports Bar Into a $1.5 Billion Juggernaut (Bloomberg)
  • How Athletes Get Great: Just train for 10,000 hours, right? Not quite. Top-shelf athletic performance may be a more complicated formula than we’ve recently come to believe. (Outside)
  • Satirized for Your Consumption (The Baffler)
  • How a bee sting saved my life: poison as medicine (Mosaic)
  • Inside the Kremlin’s hall of mirrors: Fake news stories. Doctored photographs. Staged TV clips. Armies of paid trolls. Has Putin’s Russia developed a new kind of information warfare -- fought in the 'psychosphere' rather than on the battlefield? Or is it all just a giant bluff? (The Guardian)
  • The Pentagon’s $10-billion bet gone bad (LA Times)
  • How To Be Alone: Musicians Confront Solitude (NPR)
  • The True Story of Pretty Woman’s Original Dark Ending (Vanity Fair)

Be sure to check out this week’s Masters in Business podcast with Rick Ferri of Portfolio Solutions.

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