“I Believe in America” Fifty Years of ‘The Godfather’ https://quillette.com/2022/07/22/fifty-years-of-the-godfather/
The weekend is here! Pour yourself a mug of _____ coffee, grab a seat _____, and get ready for our long-form weekend read:
• The world is scary. The world is much better. The world could be so much better. It is wrong to think that these three statements are in conflict with each other. We have to see that they are all true to see that a better world is possible. (Our World in Data)
• Wait, is La Guardia beautiful now? Inside New York’s $25 billion airport overhaul The city is not exactly known for its state-of-the-art airport. This should change by 2030. (New York Times)
• Traffic jams at 400 feet: How to keep the drone age from becoming an epic traffic jam in the sky. NASA and the FAA are preparing to revolutionize air traffic control for the drone age (Business Week)
• What do we really know about the Russian roots of America’s largest marijuana company? Curalife could be worth $75 billion by 2030. But its US-born chair, Boris Jordan, faces questions over his two decades in Russia. (parent)
• MBS’s $500 billion desert dream keeps getting weirder: Neom, the Saudi crown prince’s urban megaproject, is supposed to have a ski resort, commuter swimming lanes and “smart” everything. It’s going great – for consultants. (Business Week)
• An Illustrated Encyclopedia of People at Airports Meet the People You’re Stuck With Before Your Flight (Washington Post) see more Put your face in airplane mode Just wearing a mask at the start and end of each flight will do a lot to keep you safe. (Atlantic)
• Lost, not stolen: The conservative case that Trump lost and Biden won in the 2020 presidential election: Eight prominent conservatives have formed an organization to discredit those they believe the 2020 US election was won under fraudulent circumstances. These authors produced a report of the same name. (lost, not stolen)
• Into the Maelstrom: In 1895, as the century was closing around him, Stephane Mallarmé made his famous observation that “everything in the world exists to end in a book.” It was a statement appropriate for the time — the fins de siècle, after all, usually inspires such rhetorical and millennial reflection. (Los Angeles Review of Books)
• The Jewish Deli: An American Story Told in Pickles and Pastrami “I’ll Have What She’s Got,” a traveling exhibit at the Jewish delicatessen, looks back at a vibrant institution driven by immigration and irresistible cuisine. (New York Times)
• How a 23-year-old phenom named Kingfish became the future of the blues: Kristone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram is a generational talent — and the ideal bridge between different groups in the blues world. (Washington Post)
Be sure to check out our Masters in Business interview this weekend with Graham Weaver, founder and partner at Alpine Investors, a private equity firm in San Francisco that invests in software and services and manages nearly $8 billion. Weaver holds an MBA from Stanford GSB and a BS in Engineering from Princeton. He started Alpine in his dorm room at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where he is now a lecturer, teaching both management and entrepreneurship.
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