10 Weekend Reading – The Big Picture

The weekend is here! Pour yourself a mug of Bean Box coffee, grab a seat on the beach, and get ready for our long-form weekend read:

AMC’s CEO has turned his $9 billion company into a meme machine: How Adam Aaron, a 67-year-old executive with a loyalty program background, transformed himself into a Twitter-obsessed, gold mine-buying, popular folk hero for retail investors. (Business Week)

Five lessons from history: The most important lessons from history are the takeaways that are so broad that they can be applied to other fields, other eras, and other people. This is where the lessons are beneficial and most likely to apply to your own life. But finding these things takes some digging, often sitting layers below the main story. (Associative Fund)

What a great history miss: Transforming human stories into cosmic stories is a thrill but we should be wary of being overlooked in grandeur (Aeon). see more What our imaginations of the European “Middle Ages” say about us: An exhibition showing how people have reimagined the medieval period over the centuries and how they have expressed their own interests and ideals with each new interpretation. (hyperallergic)

Someone stole my truck. I got a crash course in the wild black market for stolen cars: Car manufacturers and individual car owners in Europe were similar to those in the US: they lacked much incentive to do anything about the problem. But there was one group that had a strong incentive to tackle the problem: insurance companies. (NPR)

Get ready for the magic mushroom pill: The medical benefits of psychedelic drugs have moved from the Aquarius punchline to hard science, but startups are still ahead of themselves in the race to market. (Business Week)

Clippy’s Twisted Life: In the 90s, Microsoft created an annoying paperclip that it quickly retired. Its developers never imagined the virtual assistant would become a cultural icon. (Seattle Met)

How the physics of something underlies everything: A more complete understanding of the void may be the key to understanding the origin and fate of the universe. (Quanta Magazine)

The Twitter whistleblowing report actually seems to confirm Twitter’s legal argument, while pretending to support Musk. The first and most important thing to remember is that, even as Musk insists otherwise, the Twitter lawsuit is not about spam. It’s not right. Many of Musk’s claims are based on either a misunderstanding or a deliberate misunderstanding of Twitter’s SEC filings. (tech dirt)

Beto O’Rourke’s Risky Quest for Votes in Deep Red Texas On a road trip to find unused votes, the Democratic challenger for governor encounters protesters armed with shouting matches and a stolen catalytic converter. (Washington Post)

Why competitive chess is as vicious as 10 rounds in a boxing ring: Our writer Reese was looking for a milder pursuit to replace league hockey. Unfortunately the century-old board game has proven to be much more savage. (inside the hook)

Be sure to check out our Masters in Business next week with Eric Balchunas, senior ETF analyst at Bloomberg, where he’s co-creator of the Bloomberg Podcast Trillions and co-host of Bloomberg TV’s ETF IQ. He has written several books, most recently “The Bogle Effect: How John Bogle and Vanguard Turned Wall Street Inside Out and Saved Investors Trillions

Are we going back to the cable days?

Source: The Hustle

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