Luck, Boots and Umpire School

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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The weekend is here! Pour yourself a mug of coffee, grab a seat on your favorite couch, and get ready for our longer-form weekend reads:

  • Why Luck Matters -- Much More Than You Think (Atlantic)
  • How Information Graphics Reveal Your Brain’s Blind Spots (Pro Publica)
  • Follow the money: Apple vs. the FBI (Charlie’s Diary)
  • How Boots went rogue: Britain’s biggest pharmacy used to be a family business, dedicated to serving society. Now, many of the company’s own staff believe that its relentless drive for profit is putting the public at risk (Guardian), see also How the UK’s biggest pharmacy chain went from family-run public service to debt-laden hedge-fund disaster (Boing Boing)
  • When Lobbying Was Illegal (Priceonomics)
  • What They Teach You at Umpire School (Slate)
  • A Dead Superhero Is a Marvelous Corpse: A theory of superhero suffering and death. (Longreads)
  • How Kanye West Taught Me to Stop Worrying and Love Imperfection (Bloomberg)
  • Scientists Warn of Perilous Climate Shift Within Decades, Not Centuries (NYT)

Be sure to check out our Masters in Business interview this weekend with Robert Johnson, president of the American College of Financial Services, and previously a senior member of the CFA Institute.

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