Ritholtz's Reads: The Oddest Finance Story of the Week

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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Pour yourself some strong coffee, and settle in for your big list of long-form journalism:

• How Humans Ended Up With Freakishly Huge Brains (Wired)
• This is the oddest finance story you will read this week: Vanguard Whistleblower Could Get Billions in Tax Dodge Complaint (Newsweek)
• How to Decimate a City: Syracuse thought that by building a giant highway in the middle of town it could become an economic powerhouse. Instead, it got a bad bout of white flight and the worst slum problem in America. (The Atlantic) see also Why the Economic Fates of America’s Cities Diverged (The Atlantic)
• The Big Short Will Make You Furious All Over Again About 2008 (Vulture)
• ‘Unprecedented’: What ISIS Looks Like In America (NPR) see also How the Paris Attackers Honed Their Assault Through Trial and Error (NYT)
• The Absurd History of Nike Air Technology (Gizmodo)
• White Debt: Reckoning with what is owed — and what can never be repaid — for racial privilege. (NYT Magazine)
• Randall Munroe Of xkcd Answers Our (Not So Absurd) Questions (FiveThirtyEight) see also Chris Hadfield meets Randall Munroe: ‘Are we alone in the universe?’ (The Guardian)
• The Peculiar Ascent of Bill Murray to Secular Saint (NYT)
• You Won’t Live to See the Final Star Wars Movie (Wired) see also ‘Star Wars’ Strikes Back: Behind the Scenes of the Biggest Movie of the Year (Rolling Stone)

Be sure to check out our Masters in Business interview this weekend with Roger Lowenstein, author of "When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management." His latest book is "America’s Bank: The Epic Struggle to Create the Federal Reserve."

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