Ritholtz's Reads: How Comedians Became Intellectuals

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 cup of espresso roast, settle into your favorite chair, and enjoy our longer form “How” edition of our weekend reads:

  • From the Frontlines to Finance: How the Marines Shaped Our Investment Philosophy (Alpha Architect)
  • Wall Street Is Using the Power of Dodd-Frank Against Itself (NYT Mag)
  • How Things Break (The Iowa Review)
  • We need to ditch generational labels (Aeon)
  • How a Graduate Student Reluctantly Uncovered a Huge Scientific Fraud: The Case of the Amazing Gay-Marriage Data (scienceofus)
  • Bradley Horowitz: An interview with Google’s head of Streams, Photos and Sharing (Medium)
  • How Comedians Became Public Intellectuals: People look to Amy Schumer and her fellow jokers not just to make fun of the world, but to make sense of it. And maybe even to help fix it. (The Atlantic)
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens Is on the Cover of Vanity Fair (Vanity Fair)
  • How America Overdosed on Drug Courts: After 25 years, the verdict is in: Drug courts embolden judges to practice medicine without a license―and they put lives in danger. (Pacific Standardsee also Percentage of Your Country Smokes Marijuana? (Priceonomics)
  • Art Garfunkel on Paul Simon: ‘How I created a monster’ (Telegraph)

Be sure to check out our Masters in Business interview today with Jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli.

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