Ritholtz's Reads: The Immortality of Bad Ideas

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 Sumatra coffee, grab a seat on your favorite hanging chair, and get ready for our longer-form weekend reads:

  • Why bad ideas refuse to die: They may have been disproved by science or dismissed as ridiculous, but some foolish beliefs endure (The Guardian)
  • 'It's the age of the self': how Kim Kardashian gamified her life and made $100 million doing it (The Verge)
  • The Daily Trump: A time capsule of the unpresidential things Trump says (The Atlantic)
  • The foreclosure sleuth: How a sports agent uncovered the greatest financial fraud in American history (New RepublicSee also: Why we trust, and why that's changing online (CJR)
  • The civil war that could doom the N.R.A. (Vanity Fair)
  • War, on drugs: Killing people is hard and horrible. No wonder that warriors, from berserkers to jihadis, need drugs to get in the mood (Aeon)
  • National Geographic's Travel Photographer of the Year contest, in pictures (The Guardian)
  • Why does a tire company publish the Michelin guide? (Priceonomics)
  • The most fascinating impact investor you've never heard of 
    (We See Genius)

Be sure to check out our Masters in Business interview this weekend with Ross Buchmueller, former president of AIG Private Client Group and now founder and chief executive officer of Pure Insurance.

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Source: The Economist

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Barry Ritholtz at britholtz3@bloomberg.net