Hello everyone, I published an article recently with The Baffler, about the smoking wreckage of Panera Cares, Panera Bread Company’s libertarian soup kitchen. The response online was varied and interesting. Many people still want to believe that super-wealthy entrepreneurs are our best hope for solving big problems. Unfortunately entrepreneurs, like Ron Shaich, are short-sighted… Continue reading Our Decadent Nonsensical Work Ethic
This is a copy of my newsletter. Sign up here Why are our fastest growing companies the worst places to work? “Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace” by Jodi Kantor and David Streitfeld (New York Times) and “At Netflix, Radical Transparency and Blunt Firings Unsettle the Ranks” by Shalini Ramachandran and… Continue reading Why is work hell?
Book report #49 “Why America’s New Apartment Buildings All Look the Same” by Justin Fox (Bloomberg) I’ve seen this stick frame condominium in every city I have been to in the past five years. I bet you have too. Here’s why. Neoliberalism or Death: The U.S. Economic War Against Venezuela (Intercepted) Venezuela… Continue reading Venezuela: Next Stop Clusterfuck
Book report Fyre Fraud (Hulu) and Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened (Netflix) These two documentaries are good tragicomic stories but miss the greater historical context: fraud is inherent to capitalism and most rampant in moments when the culture worships innovation and risk. I have no doubt you saw or heard about… Continue reading Fyre docs: A report on an over-caffeinated seven year old
“Risks and Riddles” by Gregory F. Treverton (Smithsonian Mag) Former National Security advisor Gregory Treverton explains why there is a difference between mysteries and puzzles. Puzzles are problems that have a solution, you just might not know what it is yet. Mysteries are problems with no clear solution, and it might not even be… Continue reading Risks and Riddles
Best Books I Read Last Year: Great Plains by Ian Frazier The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman What I’m Reading: The Map Of Native American Tribes You've Never Seen Before (NPR) Joe Gould’s Teeth by Jill Lepore and Lifespan Of a Fact by John D’Agata… Continue reading Shrek and Facts
Book report #45 “The Master Writer of the City” by Janet Malcolm (New York Review of Books) The writer Joseph Mitchell used invented elements in his reported pieces for the mid-century New Yorker. Should he be drawn and quartered by the high priests of journalism? Janet Malcolm has other ideas: “[F]ew of us have… Continue reading Mr Rogers and a Delusional Bill Gates Impersonator